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Title: Leaf-litter decomposition in Amazonian forest fragments
Authors: Rubinstein, Adriana
Vasconcelos, Heraldo L.
Keywords: Community Structure
Habitat Fragmentation
Leaf Litter
Nutrient Cycling
Amazon Basin
South America
Western Hemisphere
Issue Date: 2005
metadata.dc.publisher.journal: Journal of Tropical Ecology
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Volume 21, Número 6, Pags. 699-702
Abstract: Most of the forests of the Amazon basin grow on nutrient-poor soils (Jordan 1982). Despite this, these forests remain productive through a variety of nutrient conservation mechanisms and a very effective system of organic matter decomposition and nutrient cycling (Jordan 1982). When an area of forest is fragmented however, the remaining patches experience modified microclimatic conditions (Camargo & Kapos 1995, Didham & Lawton 1999), and changes in floristic composition (Laurance et al. 1998), which can affect the decomposer community (Didham et al. 1996, Souza & Brown 1994) and consequently the decomposition process. Copyright © 2005 Cambridge University Press.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1017/S0266467405002762
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