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Table 2 Parameters used to simulate litter production and soil organic matter dynamics for biomes of Australia.

From: The potential impact of climate change on Australia's soil organic carbon resources

  Partition Coefficient Life span (yrs) DPM/RPMa Root dist.b
Biome Leaf Branch Stem Root Leaf Branch Stem Root   
Tropical forest 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 1 10 50 10 0.3 0.33
Savanna 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.2 1 5 30 12 0.3 0.25
Temperate forest 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 2 10 60 10 0.2 0.25
Grassland 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.4 1 - - 1 0.4 0.35
Arable 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.2 1 - - 1 0.59 0.33
Desert 0.55 0.05 0.05 0.35 1 10 40 1 0.33 0.22
Shrubland 0.5 0.1 0.1 0.3 1 10 50 2 0.4 0.31
  1. aRatio of decomposable to resistant plant material.
  2. bProportion of roots in top 10 cm of soil.