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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926606/links-between-plant-and-fungal-diversity-in-habitat-fragments-of-coastal-shrubland
#1
Mia R Maltz, Kathleen K Treseder, Krista L McGuire
Habitat fragmentation is widespread across ecosystems, detrimentally affecting biodiversity. Although most habitat fragmentation studies have been conducted on macroscopic organisms, microbial communities and fungal processes may also be threatened by fragmentation. This study investigated whether fragmentation, and the effects of fragmentation on plants, altered fungal diversity and function within a fragmented shrubland in southern California. Using fluorimetric techniques, we assayed enzymes from plant litter collected from fragments of varying sizes to investigate enzymatic responses to fragmentation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923344/transient-effects-following-peak-exposures-towards-pesticides-an-explanation-for-the-unresponsiveness-of-in-situ-measured-functional-variables
#2
Jochen P Zubrod, Rebecca Bundschuh, Dominic Englert, Markus Rohrberg, Matthias V Wieczorek, Nikita Bakanov, Ralf Schulz, Mirco Bundschuh
Invertebrate-mediated leaf litter decomposition is frequently used to assess stress-related implications in stream ecosystem integrity. In situ measures such as the mass loss from leaf bags or the feeding of caged invertebrates deployed for days or weeks may, however, fail to detect transient effects due to recovery or compensatory mechanisms. We assessed the relevance of transient effects using the peak exposure towards an insecticide (i.e., etofenprox) as a model scenario at three levels of complexity. These were 1) the assessment of the decomposition realised by invertebrate communities in stream mesocosms over 21 days via leaf bags, 2) 7-days lasting in situ bioassays quantifying the leaf consumption of Gammarus fossarum, and 3) a laboratory experiment determining the daily feeding rate of the same species over 7 days...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916828/invasive-andropogon-gayanus-gamba-grass-alters-litter-decomposition-and-nitrogen-fluxes-in-an-australian-tropical-savanna
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N A Rossiter-Rachor, S A Setterfield, L B Hutley, D McMaster, S Schmidt, M M Douglas
The African grass Andropogon gayanus Kunth. is invading Australian savannas, altering their ecological and biogeochemical function. To assess impacts on nitrogen (N) cycling, we quantified litter decomposition and N dynamics of grass litter in native grass and A. gayanus invaded savanna using destructive in situ grass litter harvests and litterbag incubations (soil surface and aerial position). Only 30% of the A. gayanus in situ litter decomposed, compared to 61% of the native grass litter, due to the former being largely comprised of highly resistant A...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914489/responses-of-microbial-decomposers-to-drought-in-streams-may-depend-on-the-environmental-context
#4
Sofia Duarte, Juanita Mora-Gómez, Anna M Romaní, Fernanda Cássio, Cláudia Pascoal
A consequence of drought in streams is the emersion of decomposing leaf litter, which may alter organic matter recycling. We assessed the effects of emersion on decomposition of black poplar leaves and associated microbes (microbial biomass, extracellular enzyme activities and microbial diversity) in two streams with distinct characteristics, in particular nutrients, temperature and oxygen levels. Leaf decomposition rates, fungal biomass and extracellular enzyme activities were lower in the most impacted stream (high nutrients and temperature, low oxygen)...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890763/ephemeroptera-plecoptera-and-trichoptera-insecta-abundance-diversity-and-role-in-leaf-litter-breakdown-in-tropical-headwater-river
#5
Suhaila Ab Hamid, Che Salmah Md Rawi
Leaf litter decomposition in a tropical stream was examined in two types of leaf packs; single species leaf packs of Pometia pinnata and two species leaf packs of equal combination of Pometia pinnata and Dolichandrone spathacea leaves. Both leaf packs were immersed in a river and weekly examined for remains of decomposed leaves and presence of EPT. In the control leaf packs, leaves in the two species leaf packs treatments decomposed within 35 days, faster than in single species leaf packs which decomposed after 42 days...
July 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887691/relationships-among-leaf-functional-traits-litter-traits-and-mass-loss-during-early-phases-of-leaf-litter-decomposition-in-12-woody-plant-species
#6
Jenna M Zukswert, Cindy E Prescott
Litter 'quality' or decomposability has historically been estimated through measuring chemical attributes, such as concentrations of nitrogen or 'lignin'. More recently, foliar functional traits, which may incorporate indications of the physical structures of tissues, have been found to correlate with litter mass loss rates. However, these traits may not be adequate to predict early rates of mass loss, in which two factors are crucial: the amount of material quickly lost through leaching, and the ease of access of decomposer organisms to the more labile tissues in the interior of the litter...
September 8, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874830/riparian-plant-litter-quality-increases-with-latitude
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Luz Boyero, Manuel A S Graça, Alan M Tonin, Javier Pérez, Andrew J Swafford, Verónica Ferreira, Andrea Landeira-Dabarca, Markos A Alexandrou, Mark O Gessner, Brendan G McKie, Ricardo J Albariño, Leon A Barmuta, Marcos Callisto, Julián Chará, Eric Chauvet, Checo Colón-Gaud, David Dudgeon, Andrea C Encalada, Ricardo Figueroa, Alexander S Flecker, Tadeusz Fleituch, André Frainer, José F Gonçalves, Julie E Helson, Tomoya Iwata, Jude Mathooko, Charles M'Erimba, Catherine M Pringle, Alonso Ramírez, Christopher M Swan, Catherine M Yule, Richard G Pearson
Plant litter represents a major basal resource in streams, where its decomposition is partly regulated by litter traits. Litter-trait variation may determine the latitudinal gradient in decomposition in streams, which is mainly microbial in the tropics and detritivore-mediated at high latitudes. However, this hypothesis remains untested, as we lack information on large-scale trait variation for riparian litter. Variation cannot easily be inferred from existing leaf-trait databases, since nutrient resorption can cause traits of litter and green leaves to diverge...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861246/leaf-and-root-litter-decomposition-is-discontinued-at-high-altitude-tropical-montane-rainforests-contributing-to-carbon-sequestration
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Franca Marian, Dorothee Sandmann, Valentyna Krashevska, Mark Maraun, Stefan Scheu
We investigated how altitude affects the decomposition of leaf and root litter in the Andean tropical montane rainforest of southern Ecuador, that is, through changes in the litter quality between altitudes or other site-specific differences in microenvironmental conditions. Leaf litter from three abundant tree species and roots of different diameter from sites at 1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 m were placed in litterbags and incubated for 6, 12, 24, 36, and 48 months. Environmental conditions at the three altitudes and the sampling time were the main factors driving litter decomposition, while origin, and therefore quality of the litter, was of minor importance...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858717/can-visible-light-impact-litter-decomposition-under-pollution-of-zno-nanoparticles
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Jingjing Du, Yuyan Zhang, Lina Liu, Mingxiang Qv, Yanna Lv, Yifei Yin, Yinfei Zhou, Minghui Cui, Yanfeng Zhu, Hongzhong Zhang
ZnO nanoparticles is one of the most used materials in a wide range including antibacterial coating, electronic device, and personal care products. With the development of nanotechnology, ecotoxicology of ZnO nanoparticles has been received increasing attention. To assess the phototoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles in aquatic ecosystem, microcosm experiments were conducted on Populus nigra L. leaf litter decomposition under combined effect of ZnO nanoparticles and visible light radiation. Litter decomposition rate, pH value, extracellular enzyme activity, as well as the relative contributions of fungal community to litter decomposition were studied...
August 25, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800692/does-the-developmental-stage-and-composition-of-riparian-forest-stand-affect-ecosystem-functioning-in-streams
#10
Sahadevan Seena, Francisco Carvalho, Fernanda Cássio, Cláudia Pascoal
A common watershed restoration practice to improve water quality and stream ecosystem functions and services is replanting riparian corridors with plant species that may differ from those of natural communities. This restoration practice may have consequences on the aquatic ecosystem processes because organisms obtain energy from leaf litter inputs of the riparian zones. Leaf litter decomposition in streams is a vital ecosystem-level process, which depends on the activity of microorganisms and invertebrates...
December 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694813/intrapopulation-genotypic-variation-of-foliar-secondary-chemistry-during-leaf-senescence-and-litter-decomposition-in-silver-birch-betula-pendula
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Ulla Paaso, Sarita Keski-Saari, Markku Keinänen, Heini Karvinen, Tarja Silfver, Matti Rousi, Juha Mikola
Abundant secondary metabolites, such as condensed tannins, and their interpopulation genotypic variation can remain through plant leaf senescence and affect litter decomposition. Whether the intrapopulation genotypic variation of a more diverse assortment of secondary metabolites equally persists through leaf senescence and litter decomposition is not well understood. We analyzed concentrations of intracellular phenolics, epicuticular flavonoid aglycones, epicuticular triterpenoids, condensed tannins, and lignin in green leaves, senescent leaves and partly decomposed litter of silver birch, Betula pendula...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675878/contrasting-habitats-but-comparable-microbial-decomposition-in-the-benthic-and-hyporheic-zone
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Ute Risse-Buhl, Clara Mendoza-Lera, Helge Norf, Javier Pérez, Jesús Pozo, Jeanette Schlief
Input of allochthonous leaf litter is the main carbon source for heterotrophic metabolism in low-order forested streams. A major part of this leaf litter is accumulated at benthic retention structures or buried in the hyporheic zone. As a result of hyporheic sediment characteristics, hyporheic physicochemistry differs from that of the benthic zone selecting the microbial community. The present study aimed at understanding the influence of the hydrological and physiochemical differences between the benthic and hyporheic zone on microbial leaf litter decomposition and on the structure and function of the associated microbial community...
December 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622366/decomposition-of-recalcitrant-carbon-under-experimental-warming-in-boreal-forest
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Adriana L Romero-Olivares, Steven D Allison, Kathleen K Treseder
Over the long term, soil carbon (C) storage is partly determined by decomposition rate of carbon that is slow to decompose (i.e., recalcitrant C). According to thermodynamic theory, decomposition rates of recalcitrant C might differ from those of non-recalcitrant C in their sensitivities to global warming. We decomposed leaf litter in a warming experiment in Alaskan boreal forest, and measured mass loss of recalcitrant C (lignin) vs. non-recalcitrant C (cellulose, hemicellulose, and sugars) throughout 16 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611807/size-and-reproductive-traits-rather-than-leaf-economic-traits-explain-plant-community-composition-in-species-rich-annual-vegetation-along-a-gradient-of-land-use-intensity
#14
Inga Dirks, Rita Dumbur, Patrick Lienin, Michael Kleyer, José M Grünzweig
Agricultural land use imposes a major disturbance on ecosystems worldwide, thus greatly modifying the taxonomic and functional composition of plant communities. However, mechanisms of community assembly, as assessed by plant functional traits, are not well known for dryland ecosystems under agricultural disturbance. Here we investigated trait responses to disturbance intensity and availability of resources to identify the main drivers of changes in composition of semiarid communities under diverging land use intensities...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577402/comparative-effects-of-sulfuric-and-nitric-acid-rain-on-litter-decomposition-and-soil-microbial-community-in-subtropical-plantation-of-yangtze-river-delta-region
#15
Xin Liu, Bo Zhang, Wenrui Zhao, Ling Wang, Dejin Xie, Wentong Huo, Yanwen Wu, Jinchi Zhang
Acid rain is mainly caused by dissolution of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides in the atmosphere, and has a significant negative effect on ecosystems. The relative composition of acid rain is changing gradually from sulfuric acid rain (SAR) to nitric acid rain (NAR) with the rapidly growing amount of nitrogen deposition. In this study, we investigated the impact of simulated SAR and NAR on litter decomposition and the soil microbial community over four seasons since March 2015. Results first showed that the effects of acid rain on litter decomposition and soil microbial were positive in the early period of the experiment, except for SAR on soil microbes...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559896/climate-influences-the-content-and-chemical-composition-of-foliar-tannins-in-green-and-senesced-tissues-of-quercus-rubra
#16
Sara M Top, Caroline M Preston, Jeffrey S Dukes, Nishanth Tharayil
Environmental stresses not only influence production of plant metabolites but could also modify their resorption during leaf senescence. The production-resorption dynamics of polyphenolic tannins, a class of defense compound whose ecological role extends beyond tissue senescence, could amplify the influence of climate on ecosystem processes. We studied the quantity, chemical composition, and tissue-association of tannins in green and freshly-senesced leaves of Quercus rubra exposed to different temperature (Warming and No Warming) and precipitation treatments (Dry, Ambient, Wet) at the Boston-Area Climate Experiment (BACE) in Massachusetts, USA...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553697/fungal-decomposers-of-leaf-litter-from-an-invaded-and-native-mountain-forest-of-nw-argentina
#17
Romina Daiana Fernandez, Natalia Bulacio, Analía Álvarez, Hipólito Pajot, Roxana Aragón
The impact of plant species invasions on the abundance, composition and activity of fungal decomposers of leaf litter is poorly understood. In this study, we isolated and compared the relative abundance of ligninocellulolytic fungi of leaf litter mixtures from a native forest and a forest invaded by Ligustrum lucidum in a lower mountain forest of Tucuman, Argentina. In addition, we evaluated the relationship between the relative abundance of ligninocellulolytic fungi and properties of the soil of both forest types...
May 28, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535592/stream-salinization-and-fungal-mediated-leaf-decomposition-a-microcosm-study
#18
Cristina Canhoto, Sara Simões, Ana Lúcia Gonçalves, Lúcia Guilhermino, Felix Bärlocher
Salinization is of major global concern due to its effect on stream biota, and ecosystem functions and services. In small streams, litter decomposition is a key ecosystem-level process driven by decomposers, mainly fungi (aquatic hyphomycetes), which link litter and invertebrates. Here we assessed the effects of an environmentally relevant range of salt additions (0, 2, 4, 8, 16gL(-1) NaCl) on (1) fungal growth and species-specific reproductive output and (2) fungal mediated-decomposition of Quercus robur leaves...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521387/structural-and-functional-recovery-of-macroinvertebrate-communities-and-leaf-litter-decomposition-after-a-marked-drought-does-vegetation-type-matter
#19
Silvia Monroy, Aingeru Martínez, Naiara López-Rojo, Ana Victoria Pérez-Calpe, Ana Basaguren, Jesús Pozo
Climate change and anthropogenic disturbances are expected to lead to more intense and frequent droughts, with potentially severe effects on structure and function of perennial temperate streams. However, more information is required on whether streams flowing through basins already affected by exotic plantations will respond to droughts in the same way as streams under native forests. The recolonisation dynamics of benthic macroinvertebrate communities and leaf litter decomposition rates were examined in nine streams of oceanic-temperate climate that differed in catchment vegetation (three streams draining native deciduous forest, three in pine plantations and three in eucalypt plantations) after a marked drought...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514700/a-comparative-in-situ-decomposition-study-using-still-born-piglets-and-leaf-litter-from-a-deciduous-forest
#20
Ayodeji O Olakanye, Andrew Nelson, T Komang Ralebitso-Senior
A cadaver and dead plant organic matter, or litter, are rich energy sources that undergo a complex decomposition process, which impact the surrounding environmental microbiota. Advances in molecular microbiology techniques, with study of the 16S RNA genes, in particular, have highlighted the application of forensic ecogenomics in addressing key knowledge gaps. To investigate subsurface microbiome shifts as a novel tool to establish "postmortem microbial clock" and augment postmortem interval (PMI) and time-since-burial estimations, an in situ study with triplicate underground burials of piglets as human taphonomic proxies and Quercus robur leaf litter was monitored for 270 days...
July 2017: Forensic Science International
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