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Title: Processing of 'Eucalyptus viminalis' leaves in Australian streams - importance of aquatic hyphomycetes and zoosporic fungi
Contributor(s): Barlocher, Felix (author); Stewart, Morag  (author); Ryder, Darren  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1127/1863-9135/2012/0229
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Abstract: The decomposition of 'Eucalyptus viminalis' leaves was examined over 8 weeks in 3 streams, each with two sites, in New South Wales, Australia. Invertebrate colonization of litter bags was negligible. Recovered leaves were aerated to induce sporulation by aquatic hyphomycetes. Conidial numbers generally started to increase after 28 days of stream exposure. Aerated leaves also released round structures tentatively identified as zoosporic propagules. Maxima were reached after 7 days of stream exposure. High levels of ergosterol were found in leaves after 7 days of stream exposure. Exponential decay rates varied between 0.0030 and 0.0065 (day⁻¹) and 0.00018 and 0.00054 (degree day⁻¹). Mass loss rates correlated significantly with maximum conidium release, but not with maximum ergosterol levels or maximum zoospore release, measured physicochemical stream parameters, or the presence of riparian vegetation. As reported from Europe and North-America, aquatic hyphomycetes appeared to play a major role in decomposition, but zoosporic fungi, generally ignored, may be involved in early stages of decay.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 179(4), p. 305-319
Publisher: E Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung
Place of Publication: Germany
ISSN: 1863-9135
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 060204 Freshwater Ecology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 310304 Freshwater ecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960506 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 180502 Assessment and management of pelagic marine ecosystems
180501 Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science

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