Plant & Soil Nutrients

Litter decomposition, soil and plant nutrient content in response to snow depth

Microbial decomposition of plant litter is an important step in the recycling of nutrients back into the soil system. Plant litter of important herbivore forage species will be used to determine microbial decomposition in areas of different snow depth.

Soil nitrogen and phosphorus, together with plant nutrient quality may change under different snow depths and timing of spring snowmelt. Such changes will be investigated in Adventdalen and compared with similar experimental set-ups in Greenland.

This work will be completed in collaboration with the Centre of Permafrost (CENPERM) in Denmark.