LEAF LITTER DECOM OSITION AND NUTRIENT RELEASE IN ANOGEISSUS LATIFOLIAY GARUGA PINNATA AND TERMINALIA TOMENTOSA OF A DANGS FORESTB.R. Pandit and Belim M Hanif K
Weight loss and nutrient dynamics of leaf litter of Anogeissus latifolia, Garuga pinnata and Terminalia tomentosa of a tropical dry deciduous Dangs forest, Gujarat has been studied by litterbag technique. After one year of decomposition period, weight loss were observed in 71.80% (G. pinnata), 60.80% (A. latifolia) and 53.60% (T. tomentosa) respectively. The absolute mass of nutrients in decomposing leaf litter was released in order for A. latifolia K > Ca > P> Na > N > Mg, while for G. pinnata K> Ca > N > P > Na > Mg and for- T. tomentosa N > Mg > K> P > Ca respectively. The species A. latifolia showed releasing pattern of all nutrients throught the years as compared with G. pinnata and T. tomentosa. Immobilization phase was observed in Mg, N and P elements upto few months of decomposition in all the species.
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