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The significance of soil animals in organic matter decomposition and mineral cycling in tropical forest and savanna ecosystems



The significance of soil animals in organic matter decomposition and mineral cycling in tropical forest and savanna ecosystems



Transactions, 10th International Congress of Soil Science, III: 43-51



itter fall and decomposition rates are much greater in tropical forests than in temperate forests, but soil animal populations are generally less in tropical forests. Microbial and fungal decomposition together with intense leaching, account for most litter breakdown; soil animals consume very little but are important in disintegrating litter.

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