Biotic and abiotic variables influencing plant litter breakdown in streams: a global study.

  title={Biotic and abiotic variables influencing plant litter breakdown in streams: a global study.},
  author={Luz Boyero and Richard G. Pearson and Cang Hui and Mark O. Gessner and Javier P{\'e}rez and Markos A. Alexandrou and Manuel A S Graça and Bradley J Cardinale and Ricardo Javier Albari{\~n}o and Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam and Leon A Barmuta and Andrew J. Boulton and Andreas Bruder and Marcos Callisto and Eric E. Chauvet and Russell George Death and David Dudgeon and Andrea C Encalada and Veronica M Ferreira and Ricardo Figueroa and Alexander S. Flecker and Jos{\'e} Francisco J{\'u}nior Gonçalves and Julie E. Helson and Tomoya Iwata and Tajang Jinggut and Jude Mutuku Mathooko and Catherine Mathuriau and Charles M. M'Erimba and Marcelo S Moretti and Catherine M. Pringle and Alonso Camacho Ram{\'i}rez and Lavenia Ratnarajah and Jose Luis Susa Rincon and Catherine M Yule},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={283 1829}
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 global-scale study of litter breakdown in streams to compare the roles of biotic, climatic and other environmental factors on breakdown rates. We… CONTINUE READING
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