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Assessing the influence of wildfire on leaf decomposition and macroinvertebrate communities in boreal streams using mixed‐species leaf packs. 2020. Musetta-Lambert, J.L.; Kreutzweiser, D.P.; Sibley, P.K. Freshwater Biology:

Year: 2020

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40108

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13488

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We investigated how compositional differences in riparian leaf litter derived from burned and undisturbed forests influenced leaf breakdown and macroinvertebrate communities using experimental mixed‐species leaf packs in boreal headwater streams. Leaf pack mixtures simulating leaf litter from dominant riparian woody‐stem species in burned and undisturbed riparian zones were incubated in two references and two fire‐disturbed streams for 5 weeks prior to measuring temperature‐corrected breakdown rates and macroinvertebrate community composition, richness, and functional metrics associated with decomposers such as shredder abundance and % shredders.