This study highlighted the dynamics of stand parameters as well as root and leaf litter decomposition in the chronosequence (49, 32, 24 & 12 years old plantations established in the year 1965, 1982, 1990 and 2002) of the rubber plantation in Xishuangbanna SW China. Litter trappers were installed on the study site to collect the leaf litter and litter bag experiment was carried out to investigate the rate of root and leaf litter decomposition. The study revealed significant variation of stand characteristics during the decomposition process. The monthly litter fall and root biomass (all categories; kg m(-3)) showed positive correlation with stand characteristics and age. Remaining leaf litter mass % in the litter bags reduced with the passage of time and was significantly different in the chronosequence. The highest root decomposition rate (55%) was shown by fine roots and minimum (32%) by coarse roots during the study period. The investigations on elemental composition of the leaf and root provides basic important information for rate of nutrient cycle along with decomposition rate in rubber plantation and result are quite helpful for simulating the below ground carbon stock of rubber plantation in SW China.
Moazzam, Nizami Syed,Zhang Yiping,Sha Liqing. DYNAMICS OF ROOT AND LEAF DECOMPOSITION IN CHRONOSEQUENCE OF RUBBER PLANTATION (HEVEA BRASILENSIS) IN SW CHINA[J]. PAKISTAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY,2018,50(2):791-799.
Moazzam, Nizami Syed,Zhang Yiping,&Sha Liqing.(2018).DYNAMICS OF ROOT AND LEAF DECOMPOSITION IN CHRONOSEQUENCE OF RUBBER PLANTATION (HEVEA BRASILENSIS) IN SW CHINA.PAKISTAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY,50(2),791-799.
Moazzam, Nizami Syed,et al."DYNAMICS OF ROOT AND LEAF DECOMPOSITION IN CHRONOSEQUENCE OF RUBBER PLANTATION (HEVEA BRASILENSIS) IN SW CHINA".PAKISTAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY 50.2(2018):791-799.