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Table 3 Annual decomposition constants k for different diameter classesin Fagus sylvatica, Picea abies and Pinus sylvestris

From: Decomposition dynamics of coarse woody debris of three important central European tree species

Species Diameter class (cm) Combined
< 20 20–40 > 40
F. sylvatica (n = 96) 0.078 (0.027)a 0.055 (0.027)b 0.035 (0.015)c 0.054 (0.028)
P. abies (n = 107) 0.034 (0.011)a 0.036 (0.012)a 0.027 (0.013)b 0.033 (0.013)
P. sylvestris (n = 83) 0.050 (0.015)a 0.030 (0.01)b 0.021 (0.01)c 0.032 (0.015)
  1. Values are means with standard deviation in parentheses. Different letters indicate significant differences between diameter classes (p  <  0.05)