Processing of sugar maple (Acer saccharum), black oak (Quercus velutina), and American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) was investigated in a slough of the Illinois River, Benton County, Arkansas, using 5-gram packs in wire baskets. Oak and sycamore showed similar degradation rates, while maple was processed much faster. All processing rates were strongly retarded during a period of siltation. Chironomid larvae were the dominant organisms associated with the packs and their numbers were depressed by the silt influx. Shredders were notably few in number as compared with studies from the northwestern United States.
Petty, Don F. and Brown, Arthur V.
"Leaf Processing in a Slough of an Ozark Stream,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 36
, Article 16.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol36/iss1/16