Biological Systems: Open Access

ISSN - 2329-6577



Nutrient Cycling Studies: A Novel Approach to Assessing Reclamation Processes and Ecosystem Function Restoration in Tropical Degraded Lands

Alekhya Thirunahari

For more than fifty years, researchers have been studying nutrient cycling all over the world. The earliest of these experiments were conducted in temperate natural forests and based on a limited number of litterfall processes (e.g. nutrient return, nutrient release). Nutrient cycling studies were later increasingly located in tropical and subtropical forests, and started to integrate other nutrient cycling pathways as well, such as those linked to hydrological fluxes and edaphic processes, due to growing interest in tropical forests and an apparent lack of information about their working.