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A Comparative Study of Leaf Litter Decomposition Rates in a Hill Forest and a Forest Plantation in Peninsular Malaysia

See, Lee Su and Koon, Yong Teng (1985) A Comparative Study of Leaf Litter Decomposition Rates in a Hill Forest and a Forest Plantation in Peninsular Malaysia. Pertanika, 8 (3). pp. 373-379.

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A comparison of seraya (Shorea curtisii Dyer ex. King) and pine (pinus caribaea var. Hondurensis) leaf litter was made over a period of16 weeks in a Hill Dzpterocarp Forest (HDF) and in a pine plantation (PP). At both sites, seraya leaves decomposed at a faster rate than pine needles. Weight losses after 16 weeks from seraya leaves varied from 19.5% (PP) to 39.0% (HDF) while pine needles showed weight losses varying from 10.3% (PP) to 13.6% (HDF). Soil microarthopods were suspected to playa more important role in seraya leaf litter decomposition in the HDF than in the PP. The significance ofthese findings onforest management is discussed..

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Leaf litter decomposition; hill forest; forest plantation; litter bag studies.
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Forestry
ID Code:2253
Deposited By: Nur Izzati Mohd Zaki
Deposited On:12 Nov 2009 09:30
Last Modified:27 May 2013 14:59

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