Mechanisms of surface litter mass loss in the northern Chihuahuan desert: a reinterpretation


Journal Article

Re-examination of surface litter decomposition studies in the N Chihuahuan desert, New Mexico, suggests mass loss patterns may be more closely regulated by abiotic processes than originally thought. Although biological mechanisms have been proposed to explain the high rate of surface litter disappearance in this ecosystem, non-biological processes, eg leaching of solubles and photochemical degradation of lignins, may account for much of the total loss. -from Authors

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Moorhead, DL; Reynolds, JF

Published Date

  • January 1, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 157 - 163

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-1963

Citation Source

  • Scopus