Decomposition in an ombrotrophic bog and a minerotrophic fen in minnesota

K. W. Farrish, D. F. Grigal

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Using mass-loss and CO2-evolution techniques, we evaluated the decomposition of peat in an ombrotrophic bog in northern Minnesota. We also compared decomposition potentials, using uniform material (cellulose), between the bog and a nearby minerotrophic fen. Mass loss decreased with increasing depth in the peat due to environmental and substrate limitations. Mass-loss from cellulose was greater in the fen than in the bog.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-358
Number of pages6
JournalSoil Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1988

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