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In 1983–1984 plant litter of Zygophyllum dumosum was collected in traps in the Negev Desert of Israel. The litter was handsorted into leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits. The mean total litter production was 433 g per shrub, about 70 kg ha−1 yr−1 of litter. Leaves were generally the largest litter category constituting 65–74% of the total. The total nitrogen content of the leaves was found to be significantly higher (p < 0.005) than the total nitrogen found in litter traps. Unexpectedly, an increase in total leaf nitrogen content was recorded in 1984 in spite of lower rainfall.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University


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