Data from: A multi-decade experiment shows that fertilization by salmon carcasses enhanced tree growth in the riparian zone

Thomas P. Quinn, James M. Helfield, Catherine S. Austin, Rachel A. Hovel & Andrew G. Bunn
As they return to spawn and die in their natal streams, anadromous, semelparous fishes such as Pacific salmon import marine‐derived nutrients to otherwise nutrient‐poor freshwater and riparian ecosystems. Diverse organisms exploit this resource, and previous studies have indicated that riparian tree growth may be enhanced by such marine‐derived nutrients. However, these studies were largely inferential and did not account for all factors affecting tree growth. As an experimental test of the contribution of carcasses to...
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