Interaction modification among decomposers impairs ecosystem processes in lead-polluted soil.

@article{Salminen2002InteractionMA,
  title={Interaction modification among decomposers impairs ecosystem processes in lead-polluted soil.},
  author={Janne Salminen and Tiina Rajala n{\'e}e Korkama and Rauni Str{\"o}mmer},
  journal={Environmental toxicology and chemistry},
  year={2002},
  volume={21 11},
  pages={
          2301-9
        }
}
Environmental pollution by toxicants is generally believed to lead both to direct toxic effects and indirect effects via altered species interactions in a stressed community. We examined how contamination of a coniferous forest soil floor by lead (from an abandoned shooting range area) may alter trophic interactions and decomposition processes. We constructed laboratory microcosms containing microbial-based food webs with various trophic structures: microbes alone; microbes with microbivorous… CONTINUE READING

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