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Litterfall as a Measure of Primary Production in Mediterranean Holm-Oak Forest
J. Bellot, J. R. Sánchez, M. J. Lledó, P. Martínez and A. Escarré
Vol. 99/100, Quercus ilex L. Ecosystems: Function, Dynamic and Management (Jun., 1992), pp. 69-76
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20046135
Page Count: 8
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In this paper we discuss the use of litterfall as a method to measure primary production and its between year relation to climatic fluctuation. Seven years of study in a mediterranean holm-oak forest showed a moderate inter-annual variability of litterfall (C.V. 11%), while the annual variability of the actual evapotranspiration was three times higher (C.V. 30%). Furthermore, the inter- and intra-annual variability of nutrient content in the various fractions are presented in relation to water availability. Monthly and seasonal variability was higher than the annual variability for all analyzed elements.
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