The amount and metals content of litter and litterfall in forest ecosystems of the Stryy-Sian Eminence (Ukrainian Carpathians)

V. Rozhak, V. Kozlovskyy

Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians of NAS of Ukraine
4, Kozelnytska St., Lviv 79026, Ukraine

The amount of litter (1.02.5 t/ha) and litterfall (0.40.8 t/ha) of studied forest stands is in the same range as the Europe forests. The litter and litterfall element content is proportional to whole amount of litter and litterfall, except 30 year old spruce stand, where nutrient content is relatively higher. Litter turnover rates of investigated ecosystems are in range 24 for organic matter, 210 for Na, Ca, Mg, Cu, Sr, Zn, Mg, Co, Pb, 0.92.5 for K, 818 for Fe, 1232 for Mn and 440 for Al.

Keywords: litter, litterfall, litter turnover rate, chemical elements

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