Data from: Fungal communities influence decomposition rates of plant litter from two dominant trees species

Johan Asplund, Håvard Kauserud, Stef Bokhorst, Marit H. Lie, Mikael Ohlson & Line Nybakken
The home-field advantage hypothesis (HFA) predicts that plant litter decomposes faster than expected underneath the plant from which it originates. We tested this hypothesis in a decomposition experiment where litters were incubated reciprocally in neighbouring European beech and Norway spruce forests. We analysed fungal communities in the litter through DNA metabarcoding and evaluated the effect of mesofauna (mites and springtails) on litter mass loss by using different litter-bag mesh sizes. Accounting for general differences in...
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