Title

Green Leaf Decomposition in Coastal Plain Streams

Publication Title

Journal of Freshwater Ecology

Publication Date

1986

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/02705060.1986.9665149

Disciplines

Biology

Abstract

Decomposition of green Acer rubrum leaves was examined in a disturbed and an undisturbed stream. Decomposition rates were not significantly different between the two streams. There was no apparent pattern of invertebrate colonization, and leaf packs in the two streams were similar in invertebrate density. Summer shed leaves had significantly higher concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium than autumn shed leaves. In spite of higher leaf input in the autumn, phosphorus input from leaf fall per m2 was four times higher in the summer indicating that green leaf input may affect stream productivity.


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