Diversity effects on decomposition field collection

A couple of days ago, I collected a set of decomposing plant material bundles for my diversity effects on decomposition study.  Again, this sequence illustrates some of the methods used to collect the ‘decomposition bundles’ – a combination of dead macrophyte tissue from one to five species, wrapped up with a zip-tie and attached to a string.  Replicates are attached to the poles shown here and below (there are five).

Briefly, I uncovered the bundles, carefully sniped them from the string, placed them on a white tray, and bagged them in Whirl-Paks.  From there, there is lab processing, which I’ll hopefully have a similar post for soon…

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Replicate posts

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The bundle is nearly indistinquishable from the rest of the plants around it.
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A tray filled with individual bundles, waiting to be bagged.

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Number 2.
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Clipping a bundle from the string.

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Recording bundle identification numbers
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A potato sack was used to carry finished samples. It nicely floats in the 1.5 m of water.

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Next time, I'm going to try to get a photograph of myself, to illustrate the depth.
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Bagged samples.

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Collection gear.

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