Decomposition, Microbiology, and Ecosystem Analysis

  • J. Goksøyr
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 16)

Abstract

In natural, unharvested terrestrial ecosystems, more than 90% of the carbon assimilated by plants will eventually be released as ckrbon dioxide by decomposition in litter and soil. The need for a detailed analysis and understanding of this process as part of the functioning of the whole ecosystem is obvious. This discussion of some of the major problems in this special field of ecosystem analysis is especially related to the situation in areas where invertebrates play a minor role in the energy transfer process from litter to carbon dioxide (mainly due to absence of lumbricides). These transfers are then predominantly carried out by microorganisms. To such areas belong tundra regions (Whitfield, in prep.; Heal et al., in prep., cf. also Table 1).

Keywords

Biomass Sugar Entropy Cellulose Fermentation 

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