Effects of deposited wood on biocomplexity of river corridors.

AM Gurnell, K Tockner, GE Petts, PJ Edwards

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Under natural conditions, most rivers are bordered by riparian woodland. Many studies have highlighted the ecological importance of these wooded zones, but the impact of riparian woodland dynamics on the complexity of the active tract (the area of bare sediment adjacent to the river) has been overlooked. This paper highlights the impact of downed trees and sprouting driftwood on the development of islands and associated ponds within the active tract of large rivers and the effects of these features on the abundance and diversity of plants and animals, and points to the benefits of riparian woodland for channel restoration
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377 - 382
Number of pages6
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


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