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


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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..


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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
Keywords: Leaf litter decomposition; hill forest; forest plantation; litter bag studies.
Depositing User: Nur Izzati Mohd Zaki
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2009 09:30
Last Modified: 27 May 2013 14:59
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/2253
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