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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Latitude dictates plant diversity effects on instream decomposition

Boyero, Luz; Perez, Javier; Lopez-Rojo, Naiara; Tonin, Alan M.; Correa-Araneda, Francisco; Pearson, Richard G.; Bosch, Jaime; Albarino, Ricardo J.; Anbalagan, Sankarappan; Barmuta, Leon A.; Beesley, Leah; Burdon, Francis J.; Caliman, Adriano; Callisto, Marcos; Campbell, Ian C.; Cardinale, Bradley J.; Jesus Casas, J.; Chara-Serna, Ana M.; Ciapala, Szymon; Chauvet, Eric; Colon-Gaud, Checo; Cornejo, Aydee; Davis, Aaron M.; Degebrodt, Monika; Dias, Emerson S.; Diaz, Maria E.; Douglas, Michael M.; Elosegi, Arturo; Encalada, Andrea C.; de Eyto, Elvira; Figueroa, Ricardo; Flecker, Alexander S.; Fleituch, Tadeusz; Frainer, Andre; Franca, Juliana S.; Garcia, Erica A.; Garcia, Gabriela; Garcia, Pavel; Gessner, Mark O.; Giller, Paul S.; Gomez, Jesus E.; Gomez, Sergio; Goncalves, Jose F., Jr.; Graca, Manuel A. S.; Hall, Robert O., Jr.; Hamada, Neusa; Hepp, Luiz U.; Hui, Cang; Imazawa, Daichi; Iwata, Tomoya; Edson, S. A. Junior; Kariuki, Samuel; Landeira-Dabarca, Andrea; Leal, Maria; Lehosmaa, Kaisa; M'Erimba, Charles; Marchant, Richard; Martins, Renato T.; Masese, Frank O.; Camden, Megan; McKie, Brendan G.; Medeiros, Adriana O.; Middleton, Jen A.; Muotka, Timo; Negishi, Junjiro N.; Pozo, Jesus; Ramirez, Alonso; Rezende, Renan S.; Richardson, John S.; Rincon, Jose; Rubio-Rios, Juan; Serrano, Claudia; Shaffer, Angela R.; Sheldon, Fran; Swan, Christopher M.; Tenkiano, Nathalie S. D.; Tiegs, Scott D.; Tolod, Janine R.; Vernasky, Michael; Watson, Anne; Yegon, Mourine J.; Yule, Catherine M.
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Abstract

Running waters contribute substantially to global carbon fluxes through decomposition of terrestrial plant litter by aquatic microorganisms and detritivores. Diversity of this litter may influence instream decomposition globally in ways that are not yet understood. We investigated latitudinal differences in decomposition of litter mixtures of low and high functional diversity in 40 streams on 6 continents and spanning 113 degrees of latitude. Despite important variability in our dataset, we found latitudinal differences in the effect of litter functional diversity on decomposition, which we explained as evolutionary adaptations of litter-consuming detritivores to resource availability. Specifically, a balanced diet effect appears to operate at lower latitudes versus a resource concentration effect at higher latitudes. The latitudinal pattern indicates that loss of plant functional diversity will have different consequences on carbon fluxes across the globe, with greater repercussions likely at low latitudes.

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Science Advances
2021, volume: 7, number: 13, article number: eabe7860
Publisher: AMER ASSOC ADVANCEMENT SCIENCE

Authors' information

Boyero, Luz
University of Basque Country
Perez, Javier
University of Basque Country
Lopez-Rojo, Naiara
University of Basque Country
Tonin, Alan M.
Universidad Autonoma de Chile
Correa-Araneda, Francisco
James Cook University
Pearson, Richard G.
James Cook University
Bosch, Jaime
CSIC - Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)
Albarino, Ricardo J.
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET)
Bosch, Jaime
Universidad Nacional del Comahue
Anbalagan, Sankarappan
University of Tasmania
Barmuta, Leon A.
University of Western Australia
Beesley, Leah
University of Western Australia
Burdon, Francis
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Caliman, Adriano
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Callisto, Marcos
Rhithroecol Pty Ltd
Campbell, Ian C.
Pennsylvania State University
Cardinale, Bradley J.
Universidad de Almeria
Jesus Casas, J.
Ctr Invest Sistemas Sostenibles Prod Agr CIPAV
Chara-Serna, Ana M.
Univ Illinois
Ciapala, Szymon
Universite Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier
Chauvet, Eric
University System of Georgia
Colon-Gaud, Checo
Gorgas Mem Inst Hlth Studies COZEM ICGES
Cornejo, Aydee
Leibniz Institut fur Gewasserokologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)
Davis, Aaron M.
James Cook University
Degebrodt, Monika
Universidad Catolica de Temuco
Dias, Emerson S.
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Diaz, Maria E.
University of Western Australia
Douglas, Michael M.
University of Western Australia
Encalada, Andrea C.
Univ San Francisco Quito
de Eyto, Elvira
Marine Inst
Figueroa, Ricardo
Universidad de Concepcion
Flecker, Alexander S.
Cornell University
Fleituch, Tadeusz
Polish Academy of Sciences
Frainer, Andre
UiT The Arctic University of Tromso
Franca, Juliana S.
Natl Inst Atlantic Forest
Garcia, Erica A.
Charles Darwin University
Garcia, Gabriela
Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui
Garcia, Pavel
University of Montana
Gessner, Mark O.
Universidad Catolica de Temuco
Giller, Paul S.
University College Cork
Gómez, Jesús E.
University of Puerto Rico (UPR)
Gomez, Sergio
Cornell University
Goncalves, Jose F.
Universidad Autonoma de Chile
Graca, Manuel A. S.
Universidade de Coimbra
Hall, Robert O.
University of Montana
Hamada, Neusa
Institute Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia
Hepp, Luiz U.
Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul
Hui, Cang
Stellenbosch University
Imazawa, Daichi
University of Yamanashi
Iwata, Tomoya
University of Yamanashi
Edson, S. A. Junior
Universidade Federal da Bahia
Kariuki, Samuel
Egerton University
Landeira-Dabarca, Andrea
Univ San Francisco Quito
Leal, Maria
Univ Zulia
Lehosmaa, Kaisa
University of Oulu
M'Erimba, Charles
Egerton University
Marchant, Richard
Museums Victoria
Martins, Renato T.
Institute Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia
Masese, Frank O.
Univ Eldoret
Camden, Megan
Oakland University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Medeiros, Adriana O.
Universidade Federal da Bahia
Middleton, Jen A.
University of Western Australia
Muotka, Timo
University of Oulu
Negishi, Junjiro N.
Hokkaido University
Ramirez, Alonso
University of North Carolina
Rezende, Renan S.
Communitarian Univ Chapeco Reg
Richardson, John S.
University of British Columbia
Rincon, Jose
Univ Zulia
Rubio-Rios, Juan
Ctr Invest Sistemas Sostenibles Prod Agr CIPAV
Serrano, Claudia
Marine Inst
Shaffer, Angela R.
Gorgas Mem Inst Hlth Studies COZEM ICGES
Sheldon, Fran
Griffith University
Swan, Christopher M.
University System of Maryland
Tenkiano, Nathalie S. D.
Univ Julius NYerere Kankan
Tiegs, Scott D.
Oakland University
Tolod, Janine R.
Hokkaido University
Vernasky, Michael
Griffith University
Watson, Anne
University of Western Australia
Yegon, Mourine J.
Univ Eldoret
Yule, Catherine M.
University of the Sunshine Coast
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UKÄ Subject classification

Ecology
Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abe7860

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/111411