Factors controlling leaf litter breakdown in Amazonian streams

  title={Factors controlling leaf litter breakdown in Amazonian streams},
  author={J. F. Gonçalves and S. R. M. Couceiro and R. Rezende and R. Martins and Bianca M. P. Ottoni-Boldrini and C. M. Campos and J. O. Silva and N. Hamada},
  • J. F. Gonçalves, S. R. M. Couceiro, +5 authors N. Hamada
  • Published 2016
  • Biology
  • Hydrobiologia
  • Our objective was to assess the relative importance of leaf litter quality, and the microbial and aquatic invertebrate communities involved in leaf litter breakdown in Amazonian streams. We test the hypothesis that leaf litter quality is the driving force of leaf breakdown rates, rather than the microbial or invertebrate community, independent of stream characteristics. We incubated 3 g of Eucalyptus camaldulensis (EC), Baccharis platypoda, Symphonia globulifera, Mabea speciosa (MS), and Eperua… CONTINUE READING
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