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Title:
Decomposcape (leaf): remaining litter mass for all timesteps, Main Experiment, Site A
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Usage rights for Sp5; Acknowledgements: Michael Leppert, Manuel Hiß, Mr. Qi, Chinese helpers, Katherina Pietsch, Chen Lin
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Abstract:
For the “decomposcape” approach, a total of 4131 litter bags were filled with single-species litter of Osmanthus fragrans, Pinus massoniana and Schima superba, respectively. These bags have been fixed on the soil surface across both field sites. The positioning of the litter bags differ in topographic features, and in the diversity of the newly planted tree species. By studying the litter decomposition dynamics over time, we will thus quantify the effects of topography and micro-relief on decomposition dynamics. The study is part of the "Ecoscape approach". This dataset contains the values of the remaining litter mass at all three timesteps for the plots at Site A.
Design:
Polyester bags (15 x 15 cm, 1 x 1.5 mm mesh size, 5 g litter) were used to determine the mass loss of the leaves of three local tree species: Schima superba (collected in autumn 2010 in a secondary forest near the experimental sites), Pinus massoniana and Osmanthus fragrans (both collected in a monoculture plantation near the experimental sites). The leaves were dried at 65°C for 24 hours. We exposed the litterbags at three positions (suplots) within the 35 different tree diversity plots and their corresponding replicates at both sites of the “Main Experiment”. Per subplot, three litterbags of each species were randomized and pinned directly onto the soil after removing the herb layer. Thus, a total of 3780 litterbags were deposited on 420 subplots across two sites. Additionally, a 25 cm wide frame of water permeable plastic fabric was pinned around the litterbag square to avoid weeds from growing into the subplots. After two, six and eleven months, one bag per litter species was sampled per subplot to determine the remaining dry mass of the leaves after cleaning. For the topographic components we measured the inclination, aspect and soil-shape on each subplot. To calculate the microclimatic parameters, air humidity and temperature were measured with onset®,HOBO® Pro v2 data logger (Onset Computer Corporation, Bourne, USA) every 30 min on one subplot per diversity level. Additionally, soil moisture measurements were conducted once a month with a ThetaProbe ML2x FD-Sonde and Infield7 handheld meter (UMS GmbH Munich, Germany).
Spatial extent:
Main Experiment, Site A and B 29°08'-29°11'N 117°90'-117°93'E
Temporal extent:
October 2011-September 2012
Taxonomic extent:
Leaf litter of Schima superba, Pinus massoniana and Osmanthus fragrans
Measurement cirumstances:
hot, sunny, mosquitos
Data analysis:
After two, six and eleven months, one bag per litter species was sampled per subplot to determine the remaining dry mass of the leaves after cleaning. Data can be used to calculate the decomposition rate constant k for each plot.

Filter:
Dataset column

Name:
bag_ID
Definition:
Litter bag identification number
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Decomposcape litter bag ID
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
Dec_Osm_A_T0_C32_S3
Dec_Osm_A_T0_C32_S2
Dec_Osm_A_T0_E23_S1
Dec_Osm_A_T0_E23_S2
Dec_Osm_A_T0_C32_S1
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
site
Definition:
Experimental site of main experiment
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Experimental Site
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
A
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
timestep
Definition:
Sampling timestep, exact exposure times of the litterbags can be obtained from the column "days".
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Time series
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
T2
T1
T3
T0
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
days
Definition:
Time in days, how long the litterbag was submitted to decomposition
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Exposure time
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
60
179
305
0
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
PLOT_NO
Definition:
name of each plot, coded with letters and numbers in Site A
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Plot name Main experiment (letter, number code)
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
E24
E23
E31
C32
E33
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
subplot
Definition:
Subplot within VIP or VIPrep plot.
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Helper
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
S3
S2
S1
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
dec_subplot_ID
Definition:
subplot ID within VIP or VIPrep plot. Can be used to link this data to other Samplesets concerning Decomposcape, where subplot_ID is also available to describe the litterbag location. This e.g. refers to the dataset "Decomposcape: plot topography data" Site A and B, respectively.
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Decomposcape sublot ID
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
Dec_A_C32_S3
Dec_A_C32_S2
Dec_A_C32_S1
Dec_A_E23_S2
Dec_A_E23_S1
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
weight_T0
Definition:
Litter mass at beginning (T0) of the decomposition experiment.
Unit:
g
Datagroup:
Decomposition
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
4.7
4.9
4.91
4.56
0.95
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
weight_TX
Definition:
Remaining litter mass at the respective timestep (c.f. columns "timestep" or "days")
Unit:
g
Datagroup:
Decomposition
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
1.8696
1.28904
1.49641
0.63424
1.75407
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
weight_perc
Definition:
Percent of the remaining litter mass at the respectibe timestep.
Unit:
%
Datagroup:
Decomposition
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
100
29.690674603174607
102.60861723446892
25.98870967741935
12.659481037924152
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
species
Definition:
Plant species from which the respective leaf litter was collected
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Scientific plant species name
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
Pinus massoniana
Schima superba
Osmanthus fragrans
Contributors:
No information available

Dataset column

Name:
datum
Definition:
Datum of sampling of the respective sample and timestep
Unit:
No information available
Datagroup:
Date time information
Keywords:
litter decomposition, Decomposcape, Ecoscape
Values:
2012-10-01
2012-04-27
2011-12-30
2011-10-30
Contributors:
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