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    Author(s): Christian P. Giardina
    Date: 2019
    Source: Ecosystems. 22(6): 1173-1175
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    Fine and coarse woody debris (WD), or woody necromass, serves a multitude of functions in forests including: essential habitat for countless vertebrate, arthropod and microbial species; substrate for regenerating plants, for example as nurse logs; a dominant carbon source for heterotrophs; and both a sink and source for essential nutrients (Harmon et al. 1986; Palace et al. 2012). Further, as WD decomposes, resulting fragments and microbial byproducts of the decay process provide a major source of organic matter for soils (Magnússon et al. 2016). Finally, WD can account for up to 20% of carbon storage in forests (Harmon et al. 1986; Palace et al. 2012), with an important role in biosphere -atmosphere CO2 exchange.

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    Giardina, Christian P. 2019. Advancing our understanding of woody debris in tropical forests. Ecosystems. 22(6): 1173-1175.


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