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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

Article first published online: 29 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12096

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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