How does leaf litter chemistry influence its decomposition and colonization by shredder Chironomidae (Diptera) larvae in a tropical stream?

  title={How does leaf litter chemistry influence its decomposition and colonization by shredder Chironomidae (Diptera) larvae in a tropical stream?},
  author={Luciene Aparecida Leite-Rossi and Victor S Saito and Marcela Bianchessi da Cunha-Santino and Susana Trivinho-Strixino},
The nutritional quality of leaf litter can influence shredder chironomid larvae activities and affect leaf litter decomposition in tropical streams. The invasion of riparian areas by exotic plants may alter the nutritional quality of allochthonous material in streams, which would influence litter decomposition in these systems. We carried out an in situ experiment to verify the relationship between the initial leaf litter chemistry of two invasive plants (Hedychium coronarium and Pteridium… CONTINUE READING
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