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Table 7 Carbon concentrations (%) and contents (mg∙cm−3) in relation to decay stage (DS), mean and standard deviation (SD), as well as no. of samples, of log segments of Fagus sylvatica, Picea abies and Pinus sylvestris

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

Species   Decay stage p value (Anova)
  1 2 3 4
  Mean SD n Mean SD n Mean SD n Mean SD n DS Species
F. sylvatica a % 46.3a 0.52 4 47.5b 0.62 39 47.5b 0.73 22 47.4ab 0.31 2 < 0.05 < 0.001
mg∙cm−3 315a 3.6 238b 36.8 174c 48.3 161c 52.7
P. abies b % 47.a 0.89 7 49.9b 1.51 38 50.1b 1.73 34 49.8b 2.73 9 < 0.01
mg∙cm−3 203a 9.2 170b 17.4 155c 18.1 117c 34.1
P. sylvestris b % 48.8 a 1.13 5 49.2 a 1.54 34 50.2b 1.31 31 51.4   1 < 0.05
mg∙cm−3 235a 11.4 198b 22.6 162c 28.5 149d   < 0.01
  1. Small letters indicate significant differences between tree species for total C concentration as well as between the different decay stages within each species