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Meiobenthic And Nematode biodiversity: Unraveling Ecological and Latitudinal Aspects

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Parent project: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence, more
Acronym: MANUELA
Period: November 2005 till December 2008
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biodiversity; Ecological distribution; Meiobenthos
Taxonomic terms: Copepoda [WoRMS]; Nematoda [WoRMS]
Geographical term: World Waters [Marine Regions]

Institutes (14)  Top | Publications | Project | Datasets 

Child project  Top | Institutes | Publications | Datasets 
  • A field manipulation experiment on four European beaches investigating the response of meiofauna communities to increased rainfall, more

1. Describe the objectives of the RMP as clearly as possible in a numbered list:
2. To assess large-scale meiobenthic biodiversity patterns in European marine waters
3. To identify the structuring factors of meiobenthic assemblages on a large geographical scale vs. the importance of locally varying variables within habitat type or limited geographical area
4. To assess the role of anthropogenic drivers (e.g. various types of disturbance) for differences in large-scale meiobenthic distribution patterns
5. To test the performance of functional attributes of nematode assemblages in assessing the potential effects of anthropogenic and natural disturbances on benthic systems
6. To gain insight in meiobenthic species assembly rules to increase the understanding of the high diversity within meiofaunal taxa
7. To assess the “universal response” of meiobenthos to physical or chemical disturbances by integrating completed and ongoing experimental research at the partner institutes.
8. To design and execute collaborative experiments to link meiobenthic activities to ecosystem processes.
9. To set up an integrated identification support tool for European nematode species
10. To share methods on meiobenthic research within the MarBEF community by organising a training workshop on sampling and processing methodology
11. To increase the public awareness of the diversity and functioning of the meiobenthos in European marine environments

Description of work
Task 1. Data Collection, Integration and Management.
Task 2. Spatial and temporal patterns in European marine meiobenthos
Task 3. Taxonomic basis of meiobentic biodiversity
Task 4. Linking ecosystem processes with meiobenthic activities
Task 5. Outreach

Datasets (2)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Project 
  • MANUELA: MANUELA Database, more
  • RainBase - a field manipulation experiment on four European beaches, more

Publications (4)  Top | Institutes | Project | Datasets 
  • Soetaert, K.; Franco, M.; Lampadariou, N.; Muthumbi, A.; Steyaert, M.; Vandepitte, L.; Vanden Berghe, E.; Vanaverbeke, J. (2009). Factors affecting nematode biomass, length and width from the shelf to the deep sea. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 392: 123-132., more
  • Veit-Köhler, G.; De Troch, M.; Grego, M.; Bezerra, T.N.; Bonne, W.; De Smet, G.; Folkers, C.; George, K.H.; Guotong, C.; Herman, R.; Huys, R.; Lampadariou, N.; Laudien, J.; Arbizu, P.M.; Rose, A.; Schratzberger, M.; Seifried, S.; Somerfield, P.J.; Vanaverbeke, J.; Vanden Berghe, E.; Vincx, M.; Vriser, B.; Vandepitte, L. (2010). Large-scale diversity and biogeography of benthic copepods in European waters. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 157(8): 1819-1835., more
  • Schratzberger, M.; Lampadariou, N.; Somerfield, P.J.; Vandepitte, L.; Vanden Berghe, E. (2009). The impact of seabed disturbance on nematode communities: linking field and laboratory observations. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 156(4): 709-724., more
  • Vandepitte, L.; Vanaverbeke, J.; Vanhoorne, B.; Hernandez, F.; Bezerra, T.N.; Mees, J.; Vanden Berghe, E. (2009). The MANUELA database: an integrated database on meiobenthos from European marine waters. Meiofauna Mar. 17: 35-60, more

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