Data from: Determinants of litter decomposition rates in a tropical forest: functional traits, phylogeny and ecological succession

Piotr Szefer, Carlos P. Carmona, Kryštof Chmel, Marie Konečná, Martin Libra, Kenneth Molem, Vojtech Novotny, Simon T. Segar, Eva Švamberková, Theodor-Sebastian Topliceanu & Jan Leps
Plant litter decomposition is one of the most important processes in terrestrial ecosystems, as it is a key factor in nutrient cycling. Decomposition rates depend on environmental factors, but also plant traits, as these determine the character of detritus. We measured litter decomposition rate for 57 common tree species displaying a variety of functional traits within four sites in primary and four sites in secondary tropical forest in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. The phylogenetic...
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