Eycott, A.E.; Turner, E.C.; Luke, S.H.; Advento, A.D.

Oil palm frond litter decomposition rates in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) plots, Kandista and Ujun Tanjung estates, Indonesia

Data comprise weight (grams) of dried oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) frond litter remaining in a variety of litter bags after 10, 30, 60 and 90 days buried under the litter layer in oil palm plantations located in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia. The bags all initially contained four grams of dried oil palm frond cut into 2 cm sections and the bags were oven-dried at 70oC to a constant weight. The plantations consisted of mature oil palm (data from 2014), and mature and replanted oil palm (data from 2016-2017) plots which are part of a large-scale ecological experiment programme (the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture project, established in 2013).
Eighteen plots were examined across three estates – plots in Ujung Tanjung and Kandista estates were planted in 1987 to 1992 and are mature or over-mature oil palm, while Libo plots (2016-2017 dataset only) were replanted in 2014. Plots were organised in triplets and in Ujung Tanjung and Kandista, for each triplet one plot was assigned to each of three vegetation treatments: reduced vegetation cover, normal vegetation management and enhanced vegetation cover.
There were three types of litter bags: fine mesh, 2mm mesh, and fine mesh with four 1 cm holes. Decomposition was measured six times from 2013 to 2017, including a reduced protocol in May 2016 at the peak of an El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) related drought.

The project 'Managing tropical agricultural ecosystems for resistance and recovery of ecosystem processes' was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council under NE/P00458X/1.

Publication date: 2019-12-17

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You must cite: Eycott, A.E.; Turner, E.C.; Luke, S.H.; Advento, A.D. (2019). Oil palm frond litter decomposition rates in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) plots, Kandista and Ujun Tanjung estates, Indonesia. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/592051e6-016f-49c6-9ef9-799a0f842100

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2013-04-01    to    2017-08-01

Provenance & quality

Decomposition was measured seven times from 2013 to 2017 (start point of collection period: February 2013, February 2014, July 2016, October 2016, February 2017 and May 2017). Samples were weighed using the same balance each time, at the SMARTRI Libo research station, near Pekanbaru, Indonesia and the samples remain stored there at the time of data submission. Basic data checks were carried out (checks for impossible values, such as sample collection dates occurring before sample deposit dates). We have error-checked 50% of the 2016 to 2017 data entry against the original field sheets, finding an acceptable error rate of <1% and correcting errors when we encountered them. All changes were recorded and that information remains with the dataset.

Supplemental information

This dataset is a supplement to:

Provisionally accepted but not yet published paper for further details of the experimental set-up.

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Correspondence/contact details

Turner, E. C.
University of Cambridge
 ect23@cam.ac.uk

Authors

Eycott, A.E.
Nord University
Turner, E.C.
University of Cambridge
Luke, S.H.
University of Cambridge
Advento, A.D.
SMART Research Institute

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment
Keywords
Environmental survey
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/P00458X/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
18 December 2019 17:38