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Detritus and Decomposition in Ecosystems

Zafar Reshi and Sumira Tyub

ISBN 10: 8189422154 / ISBN 13: 9788189422158
Published by New India Pub, Delhi, 2007
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Contents Preface. I. Nature and composition of detritus 1. Characteristics and categories. 2. Litter. 3. Dissolved organic matter. 4. Woody detritus. 5. Soil organic matter. II. Effects of detritus on environment 1. The physical environment. 2. Chemical environment. 3. Biological environment. III. Decomposition processes and patterns 1. Processes. 2. Patterns. IV. Biotic factors of detritus decomposition 1. Substrate quality. 2. Decomposer community. V. Soil enzymes and detritus decomposition 1. Nature and role of soil enzymes. 2. Environmental conditions and microbial enzyme activity. VI. Abiotic factors of detritus decomposition 1. Soil moisture. 2. Temperature. 3. pH. 4. Fire. 5. Soil atmosphere. 6. Soil texture and organic carbon. 7. Disturbance. VII. Humus biosynthesis 1. Nature of humic substances. 2. Synthesis of humic substances. 3. Forms of humus. 4. Role of humic substances. VIII. Nutrient cycling 1. Nutrient resorption. 2. Nutrient leaching. 3. Nutrient mineralization. References. Index. The present book is a detailed assessment of the pools and fluxes of detritus in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Besides presenting a comprehensive analysis of the process of detritus decomposition the book gives an exhaustive account of the biotic and abiotic factors affecting the rate of detritus decomposition. Portrayal of the role of decomposition in nutrient cycling and delineation of the contemporary concepts of humus biosynthesis are the noteworthy features of this book. It is hoped that the book would be of immense use to the teachers researchers graduates and post graduate students. 270 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 61545

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Title: Detritus and Decomposition in Ecosystems

Publisher: New India Pub, Delhi

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Edition: New

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The present book is a detailed assessment of the pools and fluxes of detritus in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Besides presenting a comprehensive analysis of the process of detritus decomposition, the book gives an exhaustive account of the biotic and abiotic factors affecting the rate of detritus decomposition.

Portrayal of the role of decomposition in nutrient cycling and delineation of the contemporary concepts of humus biosynthesis are the noteworthy features of this book. The book would be serve the needs of post-graduate students having Ecology as one of their major subject and researchers engaged in soil biology and biochemistry, soil sciences and ecosystem structure and function.

The present book attempts to bring together the enormous but fragmented information and fill this lacuna. It has been designed to outline the basic and fundamental aspects of detritus and its decomposition to be understood in their right perspective and envisages to put forward a clear understanding of the current concepts of this fundamental aspect of ecology and its widening horizons.

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Department of Botany, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

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