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- De Smedt, Pallieter; Wasof, Safaa; Van de Weghe, Tom; Hermy, Martin; Bonte, Dries; Verheyen, Kris
- Applied soil ecology 2018 v.131 pp. 47-54
- Acer; Diplopoda; Oniscus asellus; Quercus; biomass; detritivores; drought; drought tolerance; ecosystems; field experimentation; forest litter; microclimate; soil water; species diversity; temperate forests; temperature; Belgium
- ... Forests are structurally rich ecosystems with strong spatial variation in microclimate. Local temperature and soil moisture are important drivers of leaf litter breakdown, a key ecosystem process vital for forest functioning. Additionally, detritivore species composition and activity are equally dependent on microclimate, rendering changes in microclimate key to understand leaf litter breakdown. W ...