A comparative study of leaf breakdown of three native tree species in a slowly-flowing headwater stream in the Colombian andes

@inproceedings{Char2007ACS,
  title={A comparative study of leaf breakdown of three native tree species in a slowly-flowing headwater stream in the Colombian andes},
  author={Julian David Char{\'a} and Donald J. Baird and Trevor C. Telfer and Lina P. Giraldo},
  year={2007}
}
The dynamics of leaf breakdown in a headwater Colombian stream were evaluated for the native tree species Myrsine guianensis, Cupania latifolia and Nectandra lineatifolia using coarse and fine mesh litter bags. Ten bags of each species (five of each mesh size) were retrieved from the stream at 1, 8, 15, 30, 60 and 120 days. k values ranged from 0.0008 to 0.0058 day -1 and density of macroinvertebrates from 35 to 55 individuals per leaf bag, peaking at day 8. Myrsine guianensis degraded more… CONTINUE READING

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