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Functional and structural aspects of biodiversity in an estuarine detrital food web, with emphasis on free-living nematodes and their interactions with bacteria

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Dutch title: Functionele en structurele aspecten van biodiversiteit in een estuarien detritusvoedselweb, met nadruk op vrijlevende nematoden en hun interacties met bacteriën:
Reference no: 1281600N
Period: October 1999 till September 2002
Status: Completed

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  • Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor

Abstract:
The present project aims to study the role of free-living bacterivorous nematodes in the decomposition of organic detritus (macrophyte-derived) in brackish tidal marshes. Emphasis is on 1) the effect of species identity and diversity on decomposition rate, 2) interactions of nematodes and heterotrophic bacteria and 3) the relative importance of biotic interactions and abiotic impacts (e.g. hydrodynamics) in determining the process of interest. The decomposition process, dynamics and patterns of succession of nematodes and bacteria will be experimentally analysed.

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