Decomposition and Mineralization

Geographic Distribution Termites

An extensive literature has addressed the effects of detritivores on decomposition and mineralization rates Coleman et al. 2004 . Generally, the effect of arthropods on the decay rate of litter can be calculated by subtracting the decay rate when arthropods are excluded from the decay rate when arthropods are present see Table 14.1 . Detritivores affect decomposition and mineralization processes, including fluxes of carbon as CO2 or CH4, by fragmenting litter and by affecting rates of microbial...