International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2572

Full Length Research Paper

Changes in litter, decomposition, nitrogen mineralization and microclimate in Acacia mangium and Acacia auriculiformis plantation in Mount Makiling, Philippines

Yong-Kwon Lee1 and Su-Young Woo2*
  1Korea Forest Service, Korea Forest Service Government Complex, Daejeon, 302-701,Republic of Korea. 2Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of Seoul, Seoul, 130-743, Republic of Korea.
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  •  Accepted: 21 February 2012
  •  Published: 16 March 2012



The objectives of this study were to examine litter, decomposition, net mineralization and microclimate by two leguminous species planted for the restoration of degraded area. The total annual litter fall in A. mangium site was 11.44±0.59 (mean ± standard error) t ha-1 yr-1and A. auriculiformis site was 8.72±0.57 t ha-1 yr-1. Decomposition constant (k) of A. mangium and A. auriculiformis were 1.27 and 1.12, respectively. Seasonal variation of net mineralization was pronounced, with peak values occurring in September at Acaciaplantation site. Grassland showed higher air temperature, relative humidity and soil temperature as well as a larger variation per hour in these parameters compared to theAcacia plantations. The highest air temperature, relative humidity and soil temperature were measured in April during the dry season. These results showed that planting Acaciaimproved site qualities (litter fall, decomposition, and net mineralization) and microclimate factors (air temperature, soil temperature, and relative humidity) and decreased the variation rate of these factors in the study sites. Therefore, this study suggests that this type of plantation is efficient in improving site qualities.


Key words: Decomposition, litter, microclimate, nitrogen mineralization.