Les effets fertilisants de la grande oie des neiges sur la dynamique des milieux humides de l'île Bylot, Nunavut : impact du tapis de bryophytes

Authors: Pouliot, Rémy
Advisor: Rochefort, LineGauthier, Gilles
Abstract: Productivities, decomposition rates and nutrient turnovers are low in polygon fens of Bylot Island. The Greater snow geese population could modify these parameters since goose faeces contain nutrients that are easily uptaken. However, it is important to consider the moss carpet. This study showed that mosses play an important role on the polygon fen dynamic by sequestrating the nutrients added by goose faeces. Grazed plants were able to uptake nutrients only when the mosses are saturated and consequently, when nutrients reach their roots. The decomposition rates and the turnover of nutrients were not affected by nutrient additions. In addition, in the short-term, it seems that fertilizing effect of geese was visible only on moss growth. As a secondary result, this study showed that innate marker method is the most appropriate to estimate moss primary production in arctic wetlands.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2006
Open Access Date: 12 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/18687
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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