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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America$
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Frank Gilliam

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199837656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.001.0001

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Nutrient Relations of the Herbaceous Layer in Deciduous Forest Ecosystems

Nutrient Relations of the Herbaceous Layer in Deciduous Forest Ecosystems

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(p.12) (p.13) 2 Nutrient Relations of the Herbaceous Layer in Deciduous Forest Ecosystems
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The Herbaceous Layer in Forests of Eastern North America
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Robert N. Muller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199837656.003.0002

This chapter discusses the attributes of deciduous forest herbs that significantly contribute to ecosystem-level nutrient dynamics. It attempts to distinguish among characteristics that are unique to some or all herbaceous species. It compares nutrient content and seasonal patterns of nutrient accumulation among groups of deciduous forest herbs and with overstory species. It considers site quality (nutrient availability) as a determinant of herbaceous nutrient accumulation and discusses patterns of internal cycling (retranslocation) and decomposition of ephemeral materials. Finally, the chapter offers a fresh outlook on the influence of herbaceous populations on ecosystem-level nutrient cycling. In particular, it discusses the idea that spring ephemerals function to retard nutrient loss during spring runoff with regard to its potential use and limitations in understanding the complex nature of deciduous forest ecosystems.

Keywords:   deciduous forest herbs, nutrient dynamics, nutrient content, nutrient availability, nutrient cycling, ecosystems, spring ephemerals

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