Comparing field and laboratory breakdown rates of coarse particulate organic matter: Sediment dynamics mask the impacts of dissolved nutrients on CPOM mass loss in streams

@article{Spnhoff2007ComparingFA,
  title={Comparing field and laboratory breakdown rates of coarse particulate organic matter: Sediment dynamics mask the impacts of dissolved nutrients on CPOM mass loss in streams},
  author={Bernd Sp{\"a}nhoff and Clemens Augspurger and Kirsten K{\"u}sel},
  journal={Aquatic Sciences},
  year={2007},
  volume={69},
  pages={495-502}
}
Microbial decomposition of leaf litter and woody debris is stimulated by an increase in dissolved nutrients. Thus, breakdown rates of coarse particulate organic matter (CPOM) might be useful for assessing the impact of eutrophication on stream ecosystems. The objective of this study was to compare breakdown rates of leaf litter, toothpicks, and twigs in an upland stream (Ilm, Thuringia, Germany) and two of its tributaries to determine the best CPOM type for investigating moderate eutrophication… CONTINUE READING
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