Data from: Specific leaf area predicts dryland litter decomposition via two mechanisms

Guofang Liu, Lei Wang, Li Jiang, Xu Pan, Zhenying Huang, Ming Dong & Johannes H. C. Cornelissen
1. Litter decomposition plays important roles in carbon and nutrient cycling. In dryland both microbial decomposition and abiotic degradation (by UV light or other forces) drive variation in decomposition rates, but whether and how litter traits and position determine the balance between these processes is poorly understood. 2. We investigated relationships between litter quality and their decomposition rates among diverse plant species in a desert ecosystem in vertically contrasting positions representing distinct decomposition environments driven...
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