Branch Wood Decomposition of Tree Species in a Deciduous Temperate Forest in Korea
AbstractWoody debris, which is supplied by branch litter, is an important component of forest ecosystems as it contains large quantities of organic matter and nutrients. We evaluated changes in branch wood dry weight and nutrient content of six common species (Fraxinus rhynchophylla, Pinus densiflora, Prunus sargentii, Quercus mongolica, Acer pseudosieboldianum, and Symplocos chinensis for. pilosa) in a deciduous temperate forest in Korea for 40 months. Branch wood disk samples 1.4–1.6 cm thick were cut, and mass loss was measured over time using the litterbag method. No significant differences in mass loss were recorded among the six tree species. Further, mass loss was negatively correlated with initial lignin concentration and positively correlated with both initial cellulose concentration and wood density for each species. Species with high wood cellulose content had high wood density while the lignin content in wood was relatively low. Accordingly, cellulose contributed to wood density, creating a relatively lower lignin content, and the decreased lignin concentration increased the wood decomposition rate. View Full-Text
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Cha, S.; Chae, H.-M.; Lee, S.-H.; Shim, J.-K. Branch Wood Decomposition of Tree Species in a Deciduous Temperate Forest in Korea. Forests 2017, 8, 176.
Cha S, Chae H-M, Lee S-H, Shim J-K. Branch Wood Decomposition of Tree Species in a Deciduous Temperate Forest in Korea. Forests. 2017; 8(5):176.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cha, Sangsub; Chae, Hee-Myung; Lee, Sang-Hoon; Shim, Jae-Kuk. 2017. "Branch Wood Decomposition of Tree Species in a Deciduous Temperate Forest in Korea." Forests 8, no. 5: 176.
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