Plant presence reduces root and shoot litter decomposition rates of crops and wild relatives

Janna M. Barel (Corresponding author), Thomas W. Kuyper, Wietse de Boer, Gerlinde B. De Deyn

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Abstract

Roots contribute greatly to carbon cycling in agriculture. Measuring aboveground litter decomposition could approximate belowground turn-over if drivers of decomposition, f.e. litter traits and plant presence, influence shoot and root decomposition in a comparable manner. We tested coordination of above- and belowground litter traits and decomposition rates for six pairs of crops and closely related wild plants and studied the influence of plant presence on decomposition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-327
Number of pages15
JournalPlant and Soil
Volume438
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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