Decomposition processes in the soil profile (L, F, A1 and A2 layer) in a seasonal tropical forest in Thailand was investigated and compared to the epigeal mound of the soil-feeding termite Dicuspiditermes makhamensis by CP/MAS 13C NMR. The main characteristics of carbon structural changes during decomposition was the loss of carbohydrate and accumulation of recalcitrant aliphatic compounds. In terms of CP/MAS 13C NMR, there is no clear difference between the carbon composition of the termite mound and that of the surface organic soil layer, suggesting that the effect of the soil-feeding termite is not very prominent on soil carbon structure.
|Number of pages||7|
|Issue number||3 A|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Insect Science