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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:2, February, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(2): 806-812

Decomposition Pattern in Pinus longifolia Leaf Litter in Chandak Forest in the Presence of Cow Dung and Urea
Asha Tiwari, Smriti Rawat* and R. S. Adhikari
Department of Botany, Kumaun University, L.S.M.G.P.G.College, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India
*Corresponding author

The aim of present study was to determine the effect of cow dung and urea on the mass loss and decomposition percentage of Pinus longifolia  leaf litter in the Chandak forest of Pithoragarh. Litter bags technique was used to determine their mass loss in the forest floor for one year at monthly intervals. Litter bags were collected from untreated controlled samples and treated with 1:1 cow dung treated litter and 05% urea treated samples are taken to the laboratory and then analyzed for their weight loss and  decomposition percentage. The decomposition percent was found maximum in the month of September (10.29 %) in 1:1 cow dung , whereas the decomposition percentages was found 6.42 % in 05% urea and 5.47 % in control condition respectively in the month of August and September. The favorable climatic conditions enhanced the decomposition percentages.

Keywords: Pinus longifolia, Decomposiiton, Litter,
Chandak Forest,
Cow dung, Urea

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Asha Tiwari, Smriti Rawat and Adhikari, R. S. 2016. Decomposition Pattern in Pinus longifolia Leaf Litter in Chandak Forest in the Presence of Cow Dung and UreaInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(2): 806-812. doi:
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