Thornhill, I., Ledger, M., Batty, L., Friberg, N. Local and landscape scale influences on the water quality and biodiversity of urban ponds. Freshwater Biological Association, University of Glasgow, UK, July 2012
Leaf breakdown experiments are commonly used to assess ecosystem function in streams, but rarely in stillwaters. We tested ecosystem function in urban ponds within the Birmingham conurbation against a gradient of land use. Microbial activity drives leaf breakdown in urban ponds, particularly where shredder abundances are impacted.