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litter

1. a group of offspring produced at one birth by a mammal such as a sow
2. a layer of partly decomposed leaves, twigs, etc., on the ground in a wood or forest

Litter

 

a layer of the remains of dead plants on the soil surface in a forest, meadow, or steppe. Its thickness varies from a fraction of a centimeter to 30 cm or greater. In spruce forests of the taiga zone, there are 40–80 tons of litter per hectare (ha), and in oak forests of the forest steppe 8–15 tons per ha.


Litter

 

the dead branches, leaves, and other parts of plants that have fallen onto the ground or the bottom of a body of water. The annual accumulation of such organic matter on the soil surface and in the forest is called litter.

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Table 3: Comparisons between practical (PLR) and theoretical (TLR) values of soil properties after mix-incubated forest soil with leaf litter and roots
available P, CEC, bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes significantly higher after mixed decomposition with leaf litter than in CK; however activities of polyphenoloxidase and catalase significantly lower at 28.
orientalis forest soil, both of leaf litter and roots resulted in negative polarization, and roots showed greater effect than leaf litter; in the L.
Leaf litter and roots cannot exist separately in the forest ecosystem, when they mixed with soil, does the effect equal to the separate effects, which add together, or new promoted or inhibitory effect will appear?
Biodegradation of leaf litter of tree species in presence of cow dung and earthworms.
Table 1 Leaf litter digestion in various reaction mixtures.
Most species of tardigrades were exclusively or predominantly in the upper layer of leaf litter (Table 2).
At Sam Houston Jones State Park, density in the upper layer of leaf litter was highest in autumn and summer, whereas at Tuten Park, abundance was highest in winter and summer.
At both sites, leaf litter is about the same depth and dominated by pine needles.
Table 1: Chemical analysis of worm-unworked (WUM) and worm-worked (vermicompost, WOW) silkworm litter and leaf litter in different combinations (75 days).