Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
AUTHOR: Turner, R.E. PUB. YEAR: 1988 TITLE: Secondary production in riparian wetlands SOURCE: Transactions of the 53rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 53:491-501. TOPICS: ecosystem processes, riparian ecosystem COMMENTS: Riparian wetlands have high primary production, provide fluctuating environments and an aquatic/terrestrial food web or chain, resulting in concentrated secondary production. Based on analyses of food chains, riparian ecosystems have more trophic species per number of trophic links than do nonwetland ecosystems. The vegetation canopy of riparian wetlands adds to maximum ecosystem dimension, which probably results in relatively longer food chains compared with other wetland ecosystem types.