Table 3: Rate of decomposition, percent mass loss, and decay constant (k−etyear−1).

StandsLeaf litter Nonleaf litter
Mass loss (%)Total mass loss (%)Decay constant (k−et)Mass loss (%)Total mass loss (%)Decay constant (k−et)
Autumn-winterSummer rainyAutumn-winterSummer rainy

PAR1.8 (0.3 ± 0.10)39.7 (6.6 ± 3.5)41.51.70.7 (0.1 ± 0.1)24.2 (4.0 ± 1.4)24.91.3
PQQ3.5 (0.6 ± 0.2)36.0 (6.0 ± 4.3)39.51.60.4 (0.05 ± 0.01)19.3 (3.2 ± 1.3)19.71.2
PAQ1.0 (0.2 ± 10.1)36.3 (6.0 ± 3.5)37.01.60.3 (0.05 ± 0.01)19.4 (3.2 ± 1.9)19.71.2
PRS1.3 (0.2 ± 0.1)45.5 (7.6 ± 5.3)46.81.91.1 (0.2 ± 0.1)28.9 (4.8 ± 2.2)30.01.4

SD (±)1.14.44.20.10.34.64.90.1
CD0.05 value0.6ns11.4ns6.0*0.3ns0.7*11.8*12.8ns0.2ns

Values in parenthesis are average for per month; *significant; nsnot significant.