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GLoBE is an international network of freshwater ecologists, which main aim is to study the patterns and drivers of stream ecosystem functioning at the global scale.

Originally designed to specifically study one key stream ecosystem process, plant litter breakdown (hence its name, which stands for 'global lotic breakdown experiments'), it has now expanded to consider a wider variety of ecological processes, and multiple environmental issues that are globally relevant (examples include biodiversity loss, climate change or forest replacement by agricultural land or plantations).


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