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RATES OF LEAFLITTER DECOMPOSITION IN WESTERN GHATS ECOSYSTEM, TAMILNADU
N. KANAGARAJ, R.K. KALEESWARI, B. PALANIKUMARAN, M. TILAK

Published in: International Journal of Agriculture Sciences
Volume- 9, Issue-30, pp.4435-4437, Jun 2017
DPI :-> 16.10077.IJAS.2017.V9I30.44354437.1752



Abstract
The experiment was conducted to study the Leaf litter decomposition of Western Ghats ecosystem. The study was carried out in the major two types of forest namely tropical dry deciduous forest and tropical moist deciduous forest, which are major ecosystem in the foot hills of Nilgiri biosphere reserve, Tamil Nadu. The rate of leaf litter decomposition was studied using nylon bag buried technique. Rate of decomposition was estimated at soil surface and soil subsurface level. The overall decomposition study results explained that tropical dry deciduous forest recorded the highest rate of decomposition rate in both surface and surface soil. It was observed that in tropical moist deciduous forest composition of leaf litter was highly resistant to degradation.

Key-Words / Index Term
Decomposition, Leaf litter, Tropical dry deciduous, Tropical moist deciduous

How to cite this article
N. KANAGARAJ, R.K. KALEESWARI, B. PALANIKUMARAN, M. TILAK , “RATES OF LEAFLITTER DECOMPOSITION IN WESTERN GHATS ECOSYSTEM, TAMILNADU”, International Journal of Agriculture Sciences, 9, Issue-30, pp.4435-4437, Jun 2017. DPI:16.10077.IJAS.V9.I30.1752