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Title: Detritivore conversion of litter into faeces accelerates organic matter turnover
Creator(s): Joly, François-Xavier
Coq, Sylvain
Coulis, Mathieu
David, Jean-François
Hättenschwiler, Stephan
Mueller, Carsten
Prater, Isabel
Subke, Jens-Arne
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Keywords: Litter decomposition
Soil fauna
Carbon cycling
Date Available: 29-Sep-2020
Citation: Joly, FX; Coq, S; Coulis, M; David, JF; Hättenschwiler, S; Mueller, C; Prater, I; Subke, JA (2020): Detritivore conversion of litter into faeces accelerates organic matter turnover. University of Stirling. Faculty of Natural Sciences. Model/Simulation.
Publisher: University of Stirling. Faculty of Natural Sciences
Dataset Description (Abstract): Litter-feeding soil animals play a dominant role on litter decomposition by ingesting large amount of plant litter and returning most of it to the soil as faeces. Despite the prevalence of this pathway, the consequences of this transformation on organic matter physicochemical characteristics and decomposition rates are largely unknown. Here, we assessed these consequences for distinct detritivore species (six species) feeding on contrasted litter quality (six litter species). We did so by collected leaf litter and soil animals from diverse species in Scotland. We then fed all soil animal species with litter from all litter species, separately, in all possible combinations. We collected the 36 resulting faeces type, and the 6 intact litter as controls. We then measured a range of physicochemical characteristics (C:N ratio, tannins concentrations, water-holding capacity, specific area, NMR spectra) for all 42 substrates. We also incubated all substrates for 180 days under controlled conditions and measured their respective rates of C and N loss. All methods associated with the collection of these datasets will be available in the resulting manuscript.
Dataset Description (TOC): faeces_litter_decomposition.xlsx : this file contains the decomposition rates (C and N loss) for all substrate types (36 faeces and 6 intact litter) faeces_litter_NMR.xlsx : this file contains the relative abundance of distinct regions of 13C NMR spectra for all substrate types (36 faeces and 6 intact litter) faeces_litter_quality.xlsx: this file contains the physicochemical characteristics for all substrate types (36 faeces and 6 intact litter)
Type: model/simulation
Contract/Grant Title: NSFDEB-NERC:Mycorrhizal drivers of SOM formation and decomposition
What drives the quality and decay of soil detritivore faeces: the ingested litter quality, or the animal identity?
Funder(s): NERC - Natural Environment Research Council
Contract/Grant Number: NE/P011098/1
Worktribe Project ID: 420991
Geographic Location(s): United Kingdom
Time Period: 2018-2019
Rights: Rights covered by the standard CC-BY 4.0 licence:
Affiliation(s) of Dataset Creator(s): University of Stirling (Biological and Environmental Sciences)
University of Montpellier
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
University of Copenhagen

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faeces_litter_decomposition.xlsx21.02 kBMicrosoft Excel XMLView/Open
faeces_litter_NMR.xlsx14.92 kBMicrosoft Excel XMLView/Open
faeces_litter_quality.xlsx25.85 kBMicrosoft Excel XMLView/Open

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