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Effects of water nutrient concentrations on stream macroinvertebrate community stoichiometry: a large-scale studyuse asterix (*) to get italics
Miriam Beck, Elise Billoir, Philippe Usseglio-Polatera, Albin Meyer, Edwige Gautreau, Michael DangerPlease use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p>Basal resources generally mirror environmental nutrient concentrations in the elemental composition of their tissue, meaning that nutrient alterations can directly reach consumer level. An increased nutrient content (e.g. phosphorus) in primary and detrital resources under nutrient enriched conditions should favour taxa with a high demand for this nutrient. With the nutrient demand of a taxon being correlated to the elemental composition of its body tissue (e.g. phosphorus content), such above described species shifts likely alter the overall community stoichiometry. However, studies addressing stoichiometry at community level are rare and most often restricted to lacustrine planktonic systems, single streams or limited experimental setups. Relying on a stoichiometric database for &gt;200 taxa and &gt;1300 standardized sampling events of macroinvertebrate assemblages from the French national monitoring programme, we investigated the effect of water phosphorus and nitrogen load on stream macroinvertebrate community stoichiometry. Community stoichiometry was significantly affected by water phosphorus concentration and the effect was strongest at low levels of nitrogen. While we could not confirm our hypothesis of increasing community %P (and decreasing C:P, N:P) with increasing water phosphorus concentrations for the overall community, it clearly followed this pattern for both Insecta and Malacostraca. General differences in the elemental composition among major taxonomic groups and a shift among these groups over the nutrient gradient probably explain the response of community stoichiometry. Our results show that assumptions from Ecological Stoichiometry Theory also hold at the community level, at least for two dominant taxa, and on a large spatial scale, with likely consequences for nutrient cycling and ecosystem function.</p> should fill this box only if you chose 'All or part of the results presented in this preprint are based on data'. URL must start with http:// or https:// should fill this box only if you chose 'Scripts were used to obtain or analyze the results'. URL must start with http:// or https://
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community ecology, ecological stoichiometry, environmental change, nutrients, traits
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Community ecology, Ecological stoichiometry
Florian ALTERMATT,, Núria BONADA,, Angélica GONZÁLEZ,, Franck JABOT,, Jérôme MATHIEU, Jotaro URABE,, Angélica González suggested: Olivier Dézerald, Angélica González suggested: Gustavo Romero, Núria Bonada suggested: Dear Huihuang Chen,, Núria Bonada suggested: Thanks so much for sending me this preprint to review but at the moment I am full of commitments., Núria Bonada suggested: Best wishes,, Núria Bonada suggested: Núria, Olivier Dézerald [] suggested: Sorry I have published within the last four years with some of the authors of the present manuscript!, Olivier Dézerald [] suggested: I would suggest: Dr Angélica Gonzalez, Professor Rutgers University ( as a world leader in ecological stoichiometry., Olivier Dézerald [] suggested: Best,, Olivier Dézerald [] suggested: Olivier No need for them to be recommenders of PCIEcology. Please do not suggest reviewers for whom there might be a conflict of interest. Reviewers are not allowed to review preprints written by close colleagues (with whom they have published in the last four years, with whom they have received joint funding in the last four years, or with whom they are currently writing a manuscript, or submitting a grant proposal), or by family members, friends, or anyone for whom bias might affect the nature of the review - see the code of conduct
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