Life senescence and decomposition of silver fir needles abies alba 1. methodology and preliminary results

Gourbiere, F.

Acta Oecologica Oecologia Plantarum 2(3): 223-232


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Biomass, annual needle fall and weight of needles in the various litter layers were compared with the weight loss of living, senescing and decomposing individual needles. A time scale was determined which allowed calculation of a decomposition curve. Weight loss of senescing needles before fall and the role of microflora, fauna and white rot fungi are discussed.