Litter decomposition: re-considering paradigms and methods

M. Francesca Cotrufo

Description:

Litter decomposition is a fundamental process for the functioning of ecosystems and thus has been intensively studied for many decades. However, established paradigms and study methods have recently been questioned and even refuted. The course will discuss litter decomposition in light of the most novel and emerging findings, with the goal to define open questions, new paradigms and effective methods of study.

Section: 3
Credits: 1
Restrictions: none
First Meeting: 9/14/2011
Meeting Times: 10-10:50 AM
Classroom: Plant Science W212
CRN: 60170
Cross Listed: none
Enrollment Limit: 20
Background: General Ecology - notion of biogeochemistry
Course Text: Readings from the literature will be provided as PDF
Instructor Contact Info:
      M. Francesca Cotrufo Francesca.cotrufo@colostate.edu 970 491 6056