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Salamander loss alters litter decomposition dynamics

We quantify and explain the effects of disease-driven loss of salamanders on the dynamics of forest leaf litter. Using paired mesocosms, within a Belgian forest, we tested the effect of fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra) presence on the trophic cascade that results in the decomposition rate of good quality (maple – Acer pseudoplatanus) and poorer quality (oak – Quercus robur) leaf litter, over an 18 month period. Leer más.

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