Effekt av fin ved (Salix sp.) på drift i semi-naturliga bäckar
In streams, wood provides protection, food and substrate for benthic macroinvertebrates, which leads a higher density and diversity of the benthic fauna compared to streams without wood. To examine wood and its effect on drift of macroinvertebrates an experiment was done in 18 sections of six semi-natural streams where fine woody debris (Salix sp.) was added to half of the sections (1-2 per stream). The purpose was to investigate possible differences in density and diversity of macroinvertebrates aswell as to investigate if there was any effect of location, upstream or downstream, in the streams. The results showed no significant effect of woody debris on total drift. The lack of an effect is probably related to the high abundance of predators (fish, brown trout) and the time of the day when the samples were taken. There was a significant effect of time on total drift; with more drift in September than in October. An effect of time was also found for the taxon Diptera (Chironomidae not included), with drift decreasing with temperature over the season.
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