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The effect of particle size on the leaching of Scirpus cubensis Poepp & Kunth

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Author(s): Bianchini Jr. I. | Antonio R. M.

Journal: Brazilian Journal of Biology
ISSN 1519-6984

Volume: 63;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 195;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: leaching | detritus | coloured compounds | kinetic | aquatic macrophyte

ABSTRACT
An investigation was made on the effects of detritus particle size on leaching rates in organic matter, and the associated environmental changes caused by detritus re-cycling in an oxbow lake (Lagoa do Infernão). Experiments were conducted during the decay of an aquatic macrophyte specie, S. cubensis, which in turn led to the formation of colored compounds. The S. cubensis were collected from the Lagoa do Infernão and taken to the laboratory where they were washed, dried, and fractionated using a sieve pedological set. The detritus was classified into six groups according to size, viz. 100, 10, 1.13, 0.78, 0.61, and 0.25 mm. Overall, the fragmentation process tended to increase the detritus fraction to be dissolved and to decrease the leaching rates owing to the possible dissolution of refracting matter. Fragmentation also caused the amount of colored compounds to increase and appeared to favor dissolved electrolyte release. Finally, in Lagoa do Infernão fragmentation is probably mediated by the metabolic action of benthic communities.
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