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Effects of sediment load on emergence of aquatic invertebrates and plants from wetland soil egg and seed banks

Wetlands

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Abstract

Intensive agricultural activities near prairie wetlands may result in excessive sediment loads, which may bury seed and invertebrate egg banks that are important for maintenance and cycling of biotic communities during wet/dry cycles. Sediment-load experiments indicated that burial depths of 0.5 cm caused a 91.7% reduction in total seedling emergence and a 99.7% reduction in total invertebrate emergence. These results suggest sediment entering wetlands from agricultural erosion may hamper successional changes throughout interannual climate cycles.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of sediment load on emergence of aquatic invertebrates and plants from wetland soil egg and seed banks
Series title:
Wetlands
Volume
23
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Description:
p. 26-34
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Wetlands
First page:
26
Last page:
34