Title: Effects of grassland afforestation with different tree species on earthworm communities, litter decomposition and nutrient status
Authors: Muys, Bart ×
Lust, N
Granval, P #
Issue Date: 1992
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Soil Biology & Biochemistry vol:24 issue:12 pages:1459-1466
Abstract: The ecological effects of grassland afforestation have been investigated in a comparative study between different tree species on a sandy-loam substrate. After 20 yr of forest, the earthworm communities and fitter decomposition rates differed considerably, depending on the quality and quantity of the litter fractions produced. Under Quercus palustris, earthworm biomass diminished, and litter accumulation and soil acidification had begun. The results have practical consequences for the choice of tree species in new forest plantations.
ISSN: 0038-0717
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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