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Population and community ecology of seaweeds
Chapman, A.R.O. (1986). Population and community ecology of seaweeds. Adv. Mar. Biol. 23: 1-161.
In: Advances in Marine Biology. Academic Press: London, New York. ISSN 0065-2881, more
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    Mortality rate; Population ecology; Marine

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  • Chapman, A.R.O.

    The aim of this chapter is to provide a synthesis of recent studies on the ecology of seaweeds at the population and community levels of organization. Ecophysiological studies that relate directly to population and community organizations have also been included within the scope of the review. In general, however, little attention is given to the ecology of seaweeds at the organismic level. A study of recent literature reveals that at least 100 studies relating directly to the population and community ecology of seaweeds have been carried out since 1980. At the community level, there is a continuing flood of publications describing bio-interactions. The new data allow a re-assessment of general models of community organization put forward in the mid and late 1970s. The geographic organization of species assemblages falls within the scope of a review of community organization and there is no qualitative difference between geographical and ecological distributions. The new information can be used to re-examine (and in many cases refute) the conclusions of over 50 years of study on the distribution physiology of seaweeds.

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