Plants also affect the decomposition process directly through the quality of their leaf litter
Asian cockroaches were found in leaf litter
(primarily oak) or pine straw in all locations in Dothan where they were detected.
A 24 hour study showed that their activity increases during the morning and decreases by afternoon, except at the dunes where crabs are active at night, and use most of this time to eat leaf litter
and clean their burrows (Delfosse, 1990; Capistran-Barradas, personal observation).
Nitrogen immobilization in decaying hardwood leaf litter
as a function of initial nitrogen and lignin content.
The proteoid root mats were concentrated in the uppermost 40 mm portion of the soil profile and were often overlain by a layer 1-5 mm thick of unconsolidated soil material, consisting of a combination of single-grain quartz sand, comminuted leaf litter
, and charcoal fragments.
Such a high proportion of leaf litter
has been observed by several authors (Gosz et al.
Sometimes leaf litter
covers the seeds present on the ground.
Over the span of 12 weeks, the team collected samples of water, soil, roots, young leaves and leaf litter
Together, these observations suggest that arthropod activity was less likely to be a major driver of differences between grass leaf litter
decomposition in the mesh bags used in the present study, and that abiotic process were important factors, similar to other arid ecosystems.
broken ceramic tiles left over from past settlement) and (12) dry monocot leaf litter
Autumn leaf litter
contributes a significant amount of phosphorus to urban stormwater, which then runs off into waterways and lakes.
intercepted by bromeliads provides microhabitat and nutrients to organisms such as bacteria and fungi, detritivores, and deposit feeders (Frank, 1983; Armbruster et al.