Casper Cusell, Leon P. M. Lamers, Geert van Wirdum and Annemieke Kooijman Impacts of water level fluctuation on mesotrophic rich fens: acidification vs. eutrophication Journal of Applied Ecology 50
Our results suggest that low water levels could hamper protected brownmosses in rich fens, especially during the summer. In contrast, inundations may have a positive effect on rich fens by increasing the alkalinity. However, inundations may lead to eutrophication due to internal P mobilization in soils with a high total P content and low Fe:P ratio. Therefore, we recommend that soils with high total P content and low Fe:P ratios should not be flooded.
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