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    The role of insects in terrestrial decomposition remains poorly resolved, particularly for infrequently studied substrates like small diameter woody debris.  Uncertainty about how mesh bags used to exclude arthropods may affect decomposition rates continues to impede progress in this area.  We sought to (1) measure how insects affect the decomposition of small diameter tweigs and (2) test for unintended effects of mesh bags on wood decomposition using machined wooden dowels of similar size and specific gravity.

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    Stoklosa, Allison M.; Ulyshen, Michael D.; Fan, Zhaofei; Varner, Morgan; Seibold, Sebastian; Muller, Jorg. 2016. Effects of mesh bag enclosure and termites on fine woody debris decomposition in a subtropical forest. Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 17(5): 8 pages.: 463-470


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    Termites, fine woody debris, wood decomposition

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