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  Grazer diversity effects in an eelgrass-epiphyte-microphytobenthos system

Jaschinski, S., Gohse-Reimann, S., Aberle, N., Brendelberger, H., Wiltshire, K. H., & Sommer, U. (2009). Grazer diversity effects in an eelgrass-epiphyte-microphytobenthos system. Oecologia, 159(3), 607-615. doi:10.1007/s00442-008-1236-2.

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Jaschinski, Sybill, Author
Gohse-Reimann, Sandra, Author
Aberle, Nicole1, Author           
Brendelberger, Heinz1, Author           
Wiltshire, Karen H.1, Author           
Sommer, Ulrich1, Author           
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1Department Ecophysiology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society, ou_976547              

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Free keywords: biodiversity; seagrass; mesograzer; zostera marina; species richness
 Abstract: The dramatic loss of biodiversity and its consequences for ecosystem processes have been of considerable interest in recent ecological studies. However, the complex and interacting processes influencing diversity effects in multitrophic systems are still poorly understood. We used an experimental eelgrass system to study the effects of changing richness of three consumer species on the biomass, diversity and taxonomic composition of both epiphytic and benthic microalgal assemblages. After 1 week, consumer richness enhanced the grazing impact on epiphyte biomass relative to single consumer treatments and a positive effect of consumer richness on prey diversity was found. Moreover, strong effects of consumer species identity on taxonomic composition were found in both microalgal assemblages. However, the effects of consumer richness were not consistent over time. The consequences of high nutrient availability seemed to have masked consumer richness effects.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2009-03
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 429293
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-008-1236-2
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Title: Oecologia
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 159 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 607 - 615 Identifier: ISSN: 0029-8549 (print)
ISSN: 1432-1939 (online)