Floodplain foodwebs

As the wet season flows over top river banks, fish and other animals make the most of expanded feeding grounds, moving out onto the floodplains.  As the floodwaters recede, these animals take the nutrients and energy obtained from the floodplain, back to the river channel.  This project has described floodplain food webs, quantified the contribution of subsidies to, and from the floodplain, and determined how some current land management practices are affecting the floodplain food webs of northern rivers.

The project was led by Professor Stuart Bunn from Griffith University, along with researchers from Charles Darwin University, Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist, University of Western Australia and CSIRO.

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