[Advances in Ecological Research] Litter Decomposition: A Guide to Carbon and Nutrient Turnover Volume 38 || Acknowledgments

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AcknowledgementsThis book would never have been written without generations of studentswho participated actively in our courses in general ecology, soil ecology, andecotoxicology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Further,graduate students and colleagues at the University of Bayreuth, Germany,and Oregon State University were helpful at diVerent stages of writing thebook.Ryszard Laskowski: A number of our colleagues should be acknowledgedbecause, without their encouragement and help, we would never have under-taken the challenge of writing this handbook. Professor WadysawGrodzinski, the late head of the Department of Ecosystem Studies at theJagiellonian University, was the first who turned my research intereststoward litter decomposition studies and led the first research projects onthis subject at the Jagiellonian University. We had the great pleasure to worktogether in a number of projects with Professor Krystyna Grodzinska, Headof the Department of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences. Her knowledgematches her personal charm and friendliness, and it is hard for me toimagine my scientific career without her help and cooperation. Amongthose without whom this book would probably never have come intobeing is January Weiner, professor and Head of the Department of Ecosys-tem Studies at the Jagiellonian University. No other person has ever oVeredme so much encouragement and taught me so much about science in general.Finally, I express my greatest gratitude to my colleagues from the Depart-ment of Ecotoxicology, Jagiellonian University: Paulina Kramarz, MaciejMaryanski, and Maria Niklinska, who helped me in my research for manyyears. Particularly Maria and Maciej spent countless hours on our commonresearch on litter decomposition in European forests. The joy ofcommon fieldwork, long days and nights spent on chemical analyses, theexcitement of new findings is unforgettable.Bjorn Berg: I want to thank Professor C. O. Tamm for all his support ofmy work, both within the SWECON project and after, allowing a periodof no fewer than 18 years to be devoted to work on litter decomposition.During the same period, I had really skilled, not to say fantastic, assistancefrom my three laboratory assistants, Annette Ewertsson, Birgitta Holm, andAnnSofi Pettersson. The patient preparation and cleaning work ofviii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTShundreds of thousands of litterbags at Jadraas Experimental Park resultedin the creation of a large database that allowed, among other work, thisbook to be written.The support of Senior Scientist Per Gundersen during the EuropeanUnion CNTER project (Contract number QLK5200100596) and duringmy stay as a guest scientist at the Center for Forest Landscape and Planning,KVL, Horsholm, Denmark, was essential for this book to be written. I alsothank Professor Egbert Matzner of the institute BITOK, University ofBayreuth, Germany, for his support of this book.Copenhagen, August 2005Bjorn BergKrakow, August 2005Ryszard Laskowski