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Ecology of kelp communities
Dayton, P.K. (1985). Ecology of kelp communities. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 16: 215-245.
In: Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics. Annual Reviews: Palo Alto, Calif.. ISSN 0066-4162, more
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  • Dayton, P.K.

    The principal objective has been to outline how various environmental processes are integrated to produce patterns in kelp communities. Many of the small-scale physiological problems, especially those important to the sporegametophyte-tinys sporophyte phases, must be studied in thc laboratory, yet the interpretation of these studies must be integrated with measures of the relevant field data. In the same sense, the larger-scale research such as community ecology and biogeography must be built on an understanding of both the oceanographic processes, especially with advection of nutrients, and the smaller-scale processes and thresholds that define realistic limits. Nature integrates all levels, and while we are forced to specialize, to be relevant our research must be planned with an appreciation of this inegration.

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