Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling 187

Introduction 187 Integrating Variables 188

Resource Quality, Climate, and Litter Breakdown 190 Dynamics of Litter Breakdown 192 Direct Measurement of Litter Breakdown 194 Patterns of Mass Loss During Decomposition 201 Effects of Fauna on Litter Breakdown Rates 204 Nutrient Movement During Decomposition 206 Nutrient Cycling Links in Soil Systems 215 Role of Soil Fauna in Organic Matter Dynamics and

Nutrient Turnover 216 Faunal Impacts in Applied Ecology—Agroecosystems 220 Applied Ecology in Forested Ecosystems 222 Summary 225

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