Baird, Johannah E. (2016) INVERTEBRATE CONTRIBUTION TO LEAF BREAKDOWN IN PYNN’S BROOK, NL. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Leaf bags of fine and coarse mesh were placed at two locations, one with an open tree canopy, the other with a closed tree canopy, in Pynn’s Brook on June 30th 2015. Bags were collected after 2, 30, 37 and 44 days. After collection, invertebrates were counted and leaf material remaining was determined to measure leaf breakdown rate. There was no significant difference in leaf mass remaining (R) between the two sites. Comparisons between mesh types found a difference in leaf breakdown at two collection days. The difference at 2 days was small (2.7%) and may not be biologically meaningful. At 37 days, the difference was larger (8.41%) and may be related to a larger proportion of shredder taxa, seen in coarse mesh bags, or higher absolute numbers of invertebrates. The invertebrate community was dominated by Diptera spp. across all collection days and mesh types, but after 37 days, communities in coarse mesh bags had a higher proportion of shredder orders than did fine mesh bags.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
Item ID: 12188
Additional Information: “Includes bibliographical references (pages 35-37)”
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Science > Environmental Science
Grenfell Campus > Division of Science
Date: 2016
Date Type: Submission

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