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The influence of mussel beds on nutrients in the Western Wadden Sea and Eastern Scheldt Estuaries
Damme, R.; Dankers, N.M.J.A.; Prins, T.C.; Jongsma, H.; Smaal, A.C. (1991). The influence of mussel beds on nutrients in the Western Wadden Sea and Eastern Scheldt Estuaries. Estuaries 14(2): 130-138
In: Estuaries. The Estuarine Research Federation, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory: Columbia, S.C., etc.,. ISSN 0160-8347, more
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Keywords
    Marine; Brackish water

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  • Damme, R.
  • Dankers, N.M.J.A., more
  • Prins, T.C.
  • Jongsma, H.
  • Smaal, A.C., more

Abstract
    The uptake and release of materials by intertidal mussel beds were directly measured in two cultivated Dutch estuaries. Generally, chlorophyll a, seston, and particulate organic carbon were taken up, while ammoniun, orthophosphate, and silicate were released. The observed rates were higher than values computed from organismic observations and similar to those observed for intertidal oyster reefs in South Carolina. Specific estuarine material rates varied from 1 week to 38 weeks when calculated with mussel bed fluxes. The fastest turnover rates were for chlorophyll a and ammonium. These results support the idea that dense assemblages of bivalves are majorcomponents in the recycling of nutrients in estuaries.

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