Accession Number : ADP001276

Title :   ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) Communications System Ecological Monitoring Program. Litter Decomposition and Microflora.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept.,

Corporate Author : MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIV HOUGHTON

Personal Author(s) : Bagley,Susan ; Bruhn,Johann ; Jurgensen,Martin

Report Date : 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : The litter decomposition component of a forest ecosystem comprises a complex of processes and microbial populations responsive to environmental perturbations and contributory to tree vigor. Forest litter decomposition and microflora studies are particularly appropriate to the ELF Environmental Monitoring Program because of (1) the dominance of forest vegetation on the proposed ELF communications antenna area and (2) distribution features of the induced field in the forest floor. The overall objective of these studies is to quantify key decomposition processes and decomposer populations within the ELF antenna area prior to the actual operation of the communication system in 1986. Subsequent study will evaluate the possibility of ELF induced effects. Six work elements have been defined for the purpose of achieving the study objective: (1) plot selection, (2) ambient monitoring, (3) litter decomposition/nutrient flux, (4) nitrogen cycling, (5) non-mycorrhizal rhizoplane fungi, and (6) rhizoplane actinomycetes.

Descriptors :   *Forests, *Decomposition, *Microbiology, *Electromagnetic fields, Monitoring, Base lines, Data acquisition, Site selection, Statistical tests, Ecosystems, Nutrient analysis, Fungus deterioration, Bacteria

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE