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Publisher Summary Rivers recognize no political boundaries. This is particularly true for Europe, which has over 150 transboundary rivers. For example, the Danube is the 29th longest river globally and it drains parts of 19 countries and 10 ecoregions. Further, 8 of the 10 largest catchments in Europe are in the eastern plains of Russia and the Ukr...
Resource availability is an important ecosystem attribute that can influence species distributions and ecosystem processes. We manipulated the quantity of leaf litter, a critical resource in streams, in a replicated field experiment to test whether: 1) greater litter quantity promotes microbial leaf decomposition (through greater microbial inoculum...
In the present thesis, the state and distribution of the European freshwater fish fauna was studied. For 161 river (sub-)catchments presence / absence records were retrieved from various sources. Spatial patterns of the fish fauna were analysed using GIS. Further, suggestions on how to reduce the loss of biodiversity are provided. A total of 400...