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Databases as a tool for studying the dynamics of macro- and meiobenthos on algal communities in the Black Sea
Mazlumyan, S.A.; Kolesnikova, E.A. (2006). Databases as a tool for studying the dynamics of macro- and meiobenthos on algal communities in the Black Sea, in: Vanden Berghe, E. et al. (Ed.) (2007). Proceedings Ocean Biodiversity Informatics: International Conference on Marine Biodiversity Data Management, Hamburg, Germany 29 November to 1 December, 2004. VLIZ Special Publication, 37: pp. 129-137
In: Vanden Berghe, E. et al. (Ed.) (2007). Proceedings Ocean Biodiversity Informatics: International Conference on Marine Biodiversity Data Management, Hamburg, Germany 29 November to 1 December, 2004. VLIZ Special Publication, 37. IOC Workshop Report, 202. VI, 192 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keywords
    Algae; Long-term changes; Meiobenthos; Short-term changes; ANE, Baltic [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Mazlumyan, S.A.
  • Kolesnikova, E.A.

Abstract
    As an ecosystem component, meiobenthos contributes to the condition and sustainability of the ecosystem. Meiobenthic species are characterised by having a fast response and a short life cycle, they have high energy flow rates and are involved in biochemical processes. Meiobenthic response varies in a wide range, but on the other hand, it is rather predictable, and that makes meiobenthos a useful tool in monitoring. The interannual observations revealed that benthos developed fast responses to unfavourable conditions in 1990 and this makes meio- and macrobenthos a dynamic but vulnerable ecosystem component. The database was created using a seasonal index, determined for the main taxonomic groups of benthos that are associated to algae; comparative analysis was carried out to understand how the index varied during 23 months for identical taxa occurring in three different localities.

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