Detritus, trophic dynamics and biodiversity

@article{Moore2004DetritusTD,
  title={Detritus, trophic dynamics and biodiversity},
  author={John C. Moore and Eric L Berlow and David C. Coleman and Quan Dong and Nancy C Johnson and Kevin S. McCann and Kim Melville and Peter J. Morin and Amy D. Rosemond and David M. Post and J. L. Sabo and Michael J. Vanni and Diana H. Wall},
  journal={Ecology Letters},
  year={2004},
  volume={7},
  pages={584-600}
}
Traditional approaches to the study of food webs emphasize the transfer of local primary productivity in the form of living plant organic matter across trophic levels. However, dead organic matter, or detritus, a common feature of most ecosystems plays a frequently overlooked role as a dynamic heterogeneous resource and habitat for many species. We develop an integrative framework for understanding the impact of detritus that emphasizes the ontogeny and heterogeneity of detritus and the various… Expand

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