The decomposition of leaf and steam litter of reed (P. australis) was measured both in the field and in the laboratory. The breakdown rates, the total carbon and the stable carbon isotope dynamics of reed litter were determined. The stable carbon isotope ratios of isolated humic substances (fulvic and humic acids) were also analysed. The δ13C value in reed remains increased from –26‰ to –24‰ for stems and from –27‰ to –26‰ for leaves. The dissolved fulvic and humic acids isolated from the experimental bottles (mean δ13C was –27.6‰) and the reservoir water were depleted in 13C (mean δ13C was –28.6‰) relative to the reed remains. The results show that reed litter is an important source of coloured aquatic humic substances. (© 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)
V.-Balogh K, M Présing, L Vörös et al.: A study of the decomposition of reed ... (2006)
V.-Balogh K, Présing M, Vörös L, Tóth N
A study of the decomposition of reed (Phragmites australis) as a possible source of aquatic humic substances by measuring the natural abundance of stable carbon isotopes
International review of hydrobiology 91(1): pp. 15-28.
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