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dc.contributor.authorFranzitta, G
dc.contributor.authorHanley, ME
dc.contributor.authorAiroldi, L
dc.contributor.authorBaggini, C
dc.contributor.authorBilton, DT
dc.contributor.authorRundle, SD
dc.contributor.authorThompson, RC
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-21T11:46:01Z
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-24T15:33:07Z
dc.date.available2015-10-21T11:46:01Z
dc.date.available2016-05-24T15:33:07Z
dc.date.issued2015-09
dc.identifier.issn0141-1136
dc.identifier.issn1879-0291
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/4722
dc.description.abstract

Expected increases in the frequency and intensity of storm surges and river flooding may greatly affect the relative salinity of estuarine environments over the coming decades. In this experiment we used detritus from three contrasting environments (marine Fucus vesiculosus; estuarine Spartina anglica; terrestrial Quercus robur) to test the prediction that the decomposition of the different types of litter would be highest in the environment with which they are associated. Patterns of decomposition broadly fitted our prediction: Quercus detritus decomposed more rapidly in freshwater compared with saline conditions while Fucus showed the opposite trend; Spartina showed an intermediate response. Variation in macro-invertebrate assemblages was detected along the salinity gradient but with different patterns between estuaries, suggesting that breakdown rates may be linked in part to local invertebrate assemblages. Nonetheless, our results suggest that perturbation of salinity gradients through climate change could affect the process of litter decomposition and thus alter nutrient cycling in estuarine transition zones. Understanding the vulnerability of estuaries to changes in local abiotic conditions is important given the need to better integrate coastal proceses into a wider management framework at a time when coastlines are increasingly threatened by human activities.

dc.format.extent1-7
dc.format.mediumPrint-Electronic
dc.languageen
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.replaceshttp://hdl.handle.net/10026.1/3672
dc.relation.replaces10026.1/3672
dc.subjectDecomposition
dc.subjectFlooding
dc.subjectGlobal change
dc.subjectInvertebrate assemblage
dc.subjectLitter bags
dc.titleHome advantage? Decomposition across the freshwater-estuarine transition zone varies with litter origin and local salinity
dc.typejournal-article
dc.typeArticle
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plymouth.volume110
plymouth.publisher-urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.07.012
plymouth.publication-statusPublished
plymouth.journalMARINE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.07.012
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dc.publisher.placeEngland
dcterms.dateAccepted2015-07-08
dc.rights.embargodate2018-7-8
dc.identifier.eissn1879-0291
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