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Systematics, ecology and biogeography of marine organisms in the Indian Ocean. II

Dutch title: Systematiek, ecologie en biogeografie van mariene organismen in de Indische Oceaan
Reference no: G200992N
Period: January 1994 till December 1995
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Algae; Coastal waters; Mangroves; Meiofauna; Nutrients (mineral); Organic matter; Parasites
Taxonomic term: Platyhelminthes [WoRMS]
Geographical term: ISW, Kenya [Marine Regions]

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  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Fycologie, more, partner
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Afdeling Nematologie, more, partner
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculteit Wetenschappen & Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen; Vakgroep Chemie; Analytical, Environmental and Geochemistry (AMGC), more, partner
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Laboratorium voor Ecologie en Systematiek (ECOL), more, partner
  • Universiteit Hasselt; Centre for Environmental Sciences; Onderzoeksgroep Dierkunde: Biodiversiteit en Toxicologie (CMKDK), more, co-ordinator
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Departement Biologie; Afdeling Dierenecologie en -systematiek; Aquatische Ecologie en Evolutiebiologie, more, partner
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor

Recent studies enlight the importance of parasites in marine and estuarine eco-systems. Knowledge on non-human tropical parasites is poor. The study will emphasize primarily on the partial inventarisation of fish parasites on the Kenyan coast. A study on population dynamics of frequently encountered marine fish parasites will be carried out with special attention for emphasis on helmint parasites.

The importance of coastal areas as an input for organic material to open sea is a controversial problem. The impact of new versus recycled production is unknown for these areas.

A first part of the project consists in study of mangroves : vegetation, pollination, detritus conversion, meiobenthos. The second important partconsists of taxonomy of algae, various parasites and meiofauna taxa. The group at the LUC is mainly involved with the study of free living and symbiotic Plathelminthes.

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