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July 5, 2018

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Freshwater Research News (FRN) is a free newsletter designed to increase understanding of aquatic issues by bringing recently-published research findings to a general audience. FRN draws on articles from over 60 scientific journals to produce brief, easy-to read summaries of the background and significance of freshwater research projects from around the world. The subject range […]

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The magical diatom diet

July 5, 2018

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In forested headwater streams, detritus derived from decaying plant material is the primary source of energy driving the aquatic ecosystem, and most studies of such systems have focussed on the fate of leaf litter, the main resource.   However, because the food quality of detritus is extremely low it’s unclear how headwater streams support their  biological […]

Stream assessment by citizen scientists

July 5, 2018

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Although the potential spatial and temporal coverage of environmental data sets generated by citizen scientists is enormous, the quality of volunteer data sets depends on the use of simple, clearly defined and standardised methods.  To answer the need for an approach that can be used by citizen scientists to assess physical habitats and human pressures […]

Fish life histories: filling in the gaps

July 5, 2018

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Estimates of life history parameters such as age at maturity, maximum body size and rates of growth and mortality play a crucial role in understanding and managing animal populations, but in the case of many species they’re lacking or poorly measured.  Fortunately however, compilations of existing estimates now exist, and these databases open up opportunities […]

How land plants control water plants

July 5, 2018

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While terrestrial ecosystems rely on rainfall infiltration for their water supply, streamside ecosystems rely on the accumulation of surface and subsurface runoff in the riparian zone and the channel network.  Rainfall that manages to percolate through the soil profile recharges aquifers, and these  sustain streamflow and riparian and aquatic ecosystems during dry periods.  Focussing on […]

Worms, midges and the greenhouse effect

July 5, 2018

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Severely impacted aquatic environments such as urban wetlands and wastewater treatment ponds are designed to treat large amounts of carbon and nitrogen, which raises concerns about their potential greenhouse gas emissions.  Because pollution-tolerant worms (oligochaetes) and insects (midges) can reach very high densities in such systems, it’s possible that their activities influence  the flux of […]

Successful stream restoration can take decades

July 5, 2018

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Although assessments of the success of stream restoration projects depend on post-restoration monitoring, in most cases the monitoring period ends long before the system reaches full functional maturity.   Given this situation, it can be helpful to refer to performance curves that forecast how stream restoration projects will perform over time.  American environmental scientists set out […]