Relationships between land use, spatial scale and stream macroinvertebrate communities

  title={Relationships between land use, spatial scale and stream macroinvertebrate communities},
  author={Ryan A. Sponseller and Ernest F. Benfield and H. Maurice Valett},
  journal={Freshwater Biology},
1. The structure of lotic macroinvertebrate communities may be strongly influenced by land-use practices within catchments. However, the relative magnitude of influence on the benthos may depend upon the spatial arrangement of different land uses in the catchment. 2. We examined the influence of land-cover patterns on in-stream physico-chemical features and macroinvertebrate assemblages in nine southern Appalachian headwater basins characterized by a mixture of land-use practices. Using a… 

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