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Early decay of Phragmites thatch: an outline of the problem. 1989. Aquatic Botany. 35, 129—32.



In Britain, Phragmites thatch is expected to last 50-80 years. Reports of breakdown within 4-10 years became significant by 1970, and caused concern by 1983. The complaints are associated with soft, weak reed. Moisture is said to alter breakdown.