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Amino Acid Changes During In Vitro Decomposition of Marsh Plant Detritus

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Short Communication


Dead plant material was collected from a tidal marsh, ground to a uniform size (250 μm) and decomposed in vitro at 30°C in darkness for 36 days. Crude protein, total amino acids, and essential amino acids increased from 19.0 to 31.0 mg/g, 11.1 to 17.6 mg/g and 5.8 to 8.1 mg/g respectively from day 0 to day 36. The amino acid and crude protein values observed in the detritus are generally low but the increment during decomposition is considered significant in terms of the marine consumers that depend on highly decomposed detritus for food.

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