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Biotic interactions across size classes as structuring factors for marine benthic ecosystem functioning

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Dutch title: De structurerende rol van biotische interacties tussen verschillende grootteklasses voor het functioneren van mariene zeebodems
Period: January 2011 till December 2014
Status: Completed

Institutes (4)  Top 
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), more
  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), more
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee; NIOZ Yerseke, more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor

Abstract:
We will investigate how the activities of macrobenthic ecosystem engineers cascade in the creation of microhabitats, thereby structuring diversity and community composition of microbial communities. Focus will be on nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria and Archaea. At the same time, important ecosystem functions will be measured in order to provide insights in the direct relations between macrobenthos - microbial communities - ecosystem functioning.

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