Zimmer, Martin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1549-8871 (2019) Detritus. In: Encyclopedia of Ecology. ; 3 . Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 292-301. 2 ISBN 978-0-12-409548-9 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10918-2.

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Upon nutrient release through its decay and decomposition, detritus (i.e., dead organic material of animal, plan or microbial origin) provides the basis for primary biomass production, and is thus of essential ecological significance in any given habitat of both aquatic and terrestrial systems. Decomposition of detritus, brought about by physico–chemical and microbial decay and the interacting activity of microorganisms and detritivorous animals, results in nutrients available for uptake by primary producers. Decay and decomposition rates depend on the type of detritus, both species and chemical composition of the detritus, the habitat, the organisms involved and environmental factors such as climate. Here, different types of detritus are described in terms of their particular characteristics, their ecological significance, and the organisms and processes involved in their decomposition.

Document Type: Book chapter
Programme Area: UNSPECIFIED
Research affiliation: Ecology > Mangrove Ecology
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10918-2
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 15:12
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 13:00
URI: http://cris.leibniz-zmt.de/id/eprint/3286

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