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Reed die-back related to increased sulfide concentration in a coastal mire in eastern Hokkaido, Japan

Hotes, Stefan ; Adema, Erwin B. ; Grootjans, Ab P. ; Inoue, Takashi ; Poschlod, Peter


A drastic decline of Phragmites australis was observed along the middle reaches of Ichibangawa River in Kiritappu Mire, eastern Hokkaido, Japan, during the last 50 years. In an area of ~30 ha, reed-sedge vegetation and alder forest have been replaced by bare soil and patches of salt marsh vegetation. A gradual increase in frequency of flooding by brackish water probably was the ultimate cause of ...


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