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BG | Volume 15, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 15, 4233–4243, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4233-2018
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Biogeosciences, 15, 4233–4243, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-4233-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 12 Jul 2018

Research article | 12 Jul 2018

Grazing increases litter decomposition rate but decreases nitrogen release rate in an alpine meadow

Yi Sun et al.

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To investigate how grazing alters litter composition, quality and decomposition, we collected litter from grazing (GP) and grazing exclusion paddocks (GEP) and incubated them in situ and across sites. Grazing increased litter N and grazing exclusion increased litter mass of palatable species and promoted SOC. Litter decomposed faster in GP and N was opposite. Site environment had more impact on litter decomposition. Results may be helpful in developing strategies to restore degraded grasslands.
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