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C(3)and C(4)plant leaf breakdown and assimilation by aquatic macroinvertebrates in streams of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

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Author(s):
Augusto, Fernanda G. [1] ; Figueiredo, Aline F. [1, 2] ; Camargo, Plinio B. [1, 2] ; Coletta, Luciana D. [1, 2] ; Mazzi, Edmar A. [1, 2] ; Martinelli, Luiz A. [2]
Total Authors: 6
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Ctr Energia Nucl Agr, Lab Ecol Isotop, Ave Centenario 303, BR-13416000 Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
[2] Martinelli, Luiz A., Univ Sao Paulo, Ctr Energia Nucl Agr, Lab Ecol Isotop, Ave Centenario 303, BR-13416000 Piracicaba, SP, Brazil.Augusto, Fernanda G., Univ Sao Paulo, Ctr Energia Nucl Agr, Lab Ecol Isotop, Ave Centenario 303, BR-13416000 Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: MARINE AND FRESHWATER RESEARCH; v. 71, n. 7, p. 814-823, 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

The breakdown of allochthonous plants is of great importance in providing energy and nutrients in streams. In this regard, shredder macroinvertebrates play an important role in decomposing organic matter. Changes in land use strongly influence the type of material entering a stream, which ultimately affects the food chain dependent on this material. This study compared the decay of C-3 (Mollinedia schottiana) and C-4 (Brachiaria brizantha) plants in the montane Atlantic Forest of Brazil using litterbag experiments in two streams draining watersheds of different land uses. Concomitantly, we investigated the colonisation and assimilation of these plant detritus by aquatic macroinvertebrates. The breakdown of C-4 plants in the forest stream was faster than that of C(3)plants; however, aquatic macroinvertebrates did not assimilate the C-4 carbon. These results support other studies that have shown a greater abundance of shredders in montane tropical streams (lower temperature) than in lowland streams. Moreover, the findings of this study support the view that changes in land use alter the structure of the benthic community, and that these changes can alter the leaf breakdown process. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/03431-5 - The influence of aquatic macroinvertebrates in leaf decomposition in streams of forest and grassland in the Serra do Mar, Brazil
Grantee:Fernanda Gaudio Augusto
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master