New RBC Publication: Ecology of Hornleaf Riverweed
A manuscript on the ecology of Hornleaf Riverweed (Podostemum ceratophyllum) has recently been accepted by the journal Aquatic Botany. This manuscript was co-authored by James Wood and Mary Freeman and is entitled “Ecology of the macrophyte Podostemum ceratophyllum Michx. (Hornleaf riverweed), a widespread foundation species of eastern North American rivers.” This manuscript details the natural history of the plant as well as the ecosystem services it provides, such as nutrient uptake and providing food or habitat for other organisms. The paper also summarizes the environmental stressors to P. ceratophyllum.
Although there is still much to be learned about this aquatic plant, evidence from research indicates that it plays a fundamental role in structuring the aquatic community of eastern rivers and enhances the resilience of these systems. This manuscript concludes that the loss of hornleaf riverweed from eastern rivers would likely affect higher trophic levels and ecosystem processes.
To read this publication, please click: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304377016301565