Manure decomposition — Main Cropping System Experiment (MCSE)

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20 grams wet manure (6 grams dry) was placed in the field to measure decomposition of an available food source. The samples were collected approximately 7 days later and the mass loss was measured.

This datatable is part of the Manure decomposition dataset. This dataset is mostly about the data in

Kemmerling, L. R., Rutkoski, C. E., Evans, S. E., Helms, J. A., Smith, J. D., Vázquez Custodio, J. A., Vizza, C., & Haddad, N. M. (2021). Prairie Strips and Lower Land Use Intensity Increase Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

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Experiment: Main Cropping System Experiment (MCSE)
Dataset: KBS147
Datatable ID: KBS147-001.1
Core Areas Organic Matter,Disturbance
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Last Updated 2022-10-27
Variate Description Units
treatment the treatment of the field plot
replicate the field replicate
sample type was the sample placed at a station or along a transect
postition position within the field sampling transect running east to west - N=north, C=center, S=south exact trap location within plots - refers to cardinal direction of trap location (6 Subplot sampling stations in supplemental figure 1 of doi: 10.3389/fevo.2022.833170)
distance distance from the sample position meter
depoolyment date the date the manure was placed in the field if available.
collection date the date the manure sample was collected from the field
initial weight g initial dry weight of the manure gram
final weight g the final dry weight of the manure sample after it has been in the field gram

Data Excerpt

treatment replicate sample_type position distance deployment_date collection_date initial_weight_g final_weight_g
T4 R2 transect N 5.0 2020-08-31 6.0 0.0
T3 R2 transect N 0.0 2020-08-31 6.0 0.49
T3 R2 transect S 1.0 2020-08-31 6.0 0.17
T3 R2 transect N 20.0 2020-08-31 6.0 1.93
T3 R2 transect N 1.0 2020-08-31 6.0 1.69
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