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How Do Plants Decay?

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Plants decay through two stages of water loss and decomposition of chemical compounds. In the first stage of decay water is discharged along with easily soluble compounds; this is followed by a stage of chemical breakdown of plant substances like cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose. The process of decay of plants is varied in duration depending on the types of chemical compounds in a given plant and their susceptibility to decomposition.
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