Monday, March 28, 2011

Researchers Find Salmon Play an Important Role in Terrestrial Ecosystems

Last week researchers from BC's Simon Fraser University published a paper documenting the importance of salmon for riparian plant communities. Specifically, they found that salmon high levels of salmon nutrients favored certain plant types with plant community composition changing across a range of salmon spawning densities. Highly abundant salmon runs provide a massive pulse of marine derived nitrogen and phosphorus every year and while their importance for aquatic and terrestrial systems has long been known we're only beginning to understand the profound effect salmon have on their home ecosystems. Check out this article in the globe and mail:

read the paper here:

1 comment:

Dustin's Fly Box said...

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