Charles M. M'Erimba

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The decomposition of plant litter is one of the most important ecosystem processes in the biosphere and is particularly sensitive to climate warming. Aquatic ecosystems are well suited to studying warming effects on decomposition because the otherwise confounding influence of moisture is constant. By using a latitudinal temperature gradient in an(More)
Plant litter breakdown is a key ecological process in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Streams and rivers, in particular, contribute substantially to global carbon fluxes. However, there is little information available on the relative roles of different drivers of plant litter breakdown in fresh waters, particularly at large scales. We present a(More)
Decomposition of the leaves of Dombeya goetzenii (K. Schum) in the Njoro River is described and analysed. The loss of the ash-free dry mass was rapid during the first 14 d of exposure in the wet and humid zones. The leaves in the litter bags in the humid and wet zones were processed at a rate (±SD) of 0.005±0.001 d-1 and 0.021±0.001 d-1, respectively. The(More)
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