Russian Journal of Ecology, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2001, pp. 52–55. Translated from Ekologiya, No. 1, 2001, pp. 57–60. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2001 by Andreyashkina, Peshkova. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS On Assessing Decomposition Rates of Plant Debris and Standard Cellulose Samples in Tundra Communities N. I. Andreyashkina and N. V. Peshkova Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural Division, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vos’mogo Marta 202, Yekaterinburg, 620144 Russia Received November 15, 1999 Key words: decomposition rate, plant matter, standard cellulose samples. Interest in studies on the rate of plant debris decompo- leaves of deciduous plants (Rubus chamaemorus, Bet- sition (however labor-consuming they are) is maintained ula nana, Vaccinium uliginosum, Arctophila fulva, owing to the desire to comprehensively describe the Calamagrostis langsdorfﬁi, Carex arctisibirica, and C. structural and functional characteristics of the Earth’s stans) did not comply to this rule in the course of biogeocenotic cover and to solve the problem of monitor- decomposition (r values are nonsigniﬁcant). This is ing and long-term prognosis. Numerous attempts to use a apparently explained by the interaction of two sources simpliﬁed approach to the assessment of decomposition of variation, i.e., the morphological heterogeneity of rates (substitution of plant samples by standard
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