Methods to Study Litter Decomposition

A Practical Guide

Editors: Graça, Manuel A.S., Bärlocher, Felix, Gessner, Mark O. (Eds.)

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-3466-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $259.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-3348-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-6568-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

Decomposition of organic matter is a major ecosystem process involving an array of different organisms, including bacteria, fungi and invertebrates. The main objective of this book is to provide students and laboratory instructors at universities and professional ecologists with a broad range of established methods to study plant litter decomposition. Detailed protocols for direct use in the field or laboratory are presented in an easy to follow step-by-step format. A short introduction to each protocol reviews the ecological significance and principles of the technique and points to key references. Although most methods are described for freshwater ecosystems, many will work equally well in the presented or slightly modified form for studies in marine and terrestrial environments.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This book is a laboratory manual detailing some of the available methods to study plant litter and its decomposition. … The procedural descriptions are adequately detailed, and include comprehensive checklists of equipment, chemicals, and solutions. Example calculations are often provided. … As a practical manual this is a useful volume … . it is a well-produced course manual … ." (Karl Ritz, Mycological Research, 2005)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Litter Input

    Arturo Elosegi, Jesús Pozo

    Pages 3-11

  • Leaf Retention

    Arturo Elosegi

    Pages 13-18

  • Leaf Mass Loss Estimated by Litter Bag Technique

    Felix Bärlocher

    Pages 37-42

  • Determination of Total Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Leaf Litter

    Mogens R. Flindt, Ana I. Lillebø

    Pages 53-59

  • Determination of Total Carbohydrates

    Shawn D. Mansfield

    Pages 75-83

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-3466-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $259.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-3348-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4020-6568-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Methods to Study Litter Decomposition
Book Subtitle
A Practical Guide
Editors
  • Manuel A.S. Graça
  • Felix Bärlocher
  • Mark O. Gessner
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3466-4
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3466-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3348-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6568-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 329
Topics