• Structure and function of a sub-tropical humid forest of meghalaya II. Litter dynamics and nutrient cycling

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      Litter dynamics; nutrient cycling

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      The litter production in a 50 year old humid sub-tropical forest at Lailad was found to be 5.5 t/ha/yr, 77% of which was through leaf and the remainder through wood. Litter production was more in the peripheral disturbed zone compared to the undisturbed central zone which is related to the successional status of the community. Species differences in the rate of decomposition of litter was noted. Besides litter production and decomposition pattern were related to seasonal differences in temperature and humidity. The present results have been discussed in the light of the data from other studies done elswhere.

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      Jasbir Singh1 P S Ramakrishnan1

      1. Department of Botany, School of Life Sciences, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong - 793 014, India
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