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    Author(s): E.F Benfield McTammany; J.R. Webster
    Date: 2008
    Source: Freshwater Biology (2008) 53, 842?854
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Agriculture causes high sediment, nutrient and light input to streams, which may affect rates of ecosystem processes, such as organic matter decay. In the southern Appalachians, socioeconomic trends over the past 50 years have caused widespread abandonment of farmland with subsequent reforestation. Physical and chemical properties of streams in these reforested areas may be returning to pre-agriculture levels thereby creating the potential for recovery of ecosystem processes.

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    McTammany, E.F Benfield; Webster, J.R. 2008. Effects of agriculture on wood breakdown and microbial biofilm respiration in southern Appalachian streams. Freshwater Biology (2008) 53, 842?854


    agriculture, biofilm, decomposition, disturbance, organic matter

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