Leaf-Litter Processing of Alder and Eucalyptus in the Aguera Stream System (North Spain) .1. Chemical-Changes

  • Pozo J
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Abstract

Breakdown of leaves of alder and eucalyptus was studied in four sites of the Aguera stream basin (North Spain). Differences in the processing of both litter types only can be observed in headwater reaches, where eucalyptus is absent from the riparian vegetation. Differences within the same species are found in eucalyptus leaves between headwaters and downstream sites. Chemical changes of materials under decomposition are described, particularly for nitrogen and phosphorus. The dynamics of these nutrients in both litter types are related to their concentrations in stream water

Author-supplied keywords

  • ALDER
  • Aguera stream
  • BREAKDOWN
  • DECOMPOSITION
  • DOWNSTREAM
  • DYNAMICS
  • FOREST STREAM
  • INVERTEBRATES
  • LEAF-LITTER
  • LEAVES
  • LITTER
  • MACROINVERTEBRATES
  • MASS-LOSS
  • MOUNTAIN STREAM
  • NORTH
  • PHOSPHORUS
  • RIPARIAN VEGETATION
  • RIVER
  • STREAM
  • Spain
  • VEGETATION
  • WATER
  • WESTERN-AUSTRALIA
  • WOODLAND STREAM
  • eucalyptus
  • leaf litter
  • nitrogen
  • nutrients
  • riparian

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