New paper on salinity and microbial diversity

Congratulations to Ross Vander Vorste and our other co-authors on our new manuscript published in Freshwater Biology. The data suggest mining-induced salinization impacts on bacterial and macroinvertebrate alpha- and beta-diversity, but not fungal, in leaf decomposition communities. However, a link between these diversity changes and ecosystem function (decomposition rate) was not found, suggesting that taxonomic replacement may have maintained ecosystem function at these lower levels of salinization. The manuscript can be found here.