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Causal factors of biodiversity : community structure, phylogeny and biogeography. A comparative study of the fauna of tropical and subtropical estuaries and lagoons

Dutch title: Causale factoren van biodiversiteit: gemeenschapsstructuur, fylogenie en biogeografie. Een vergelijkend onderzoek van de fauna van tropische en subtropische estuariene en lagunaire systemen
Reference no: 9008696N
Period: January 1996 till December 2000
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Biodiversity; Biology; Ecosystems; Estuaries; Lagoons; Law

Institutes (4)  Top 
  • Brandenburg University of Technology at Cottbus, more
  • Universiteit Hasselt; Centre for Environmental Sciences; Onderzoeksgroep Dierkunde: Biodiversiteit en Toxicologie (CMKDK), more
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Laboratorium voor Ecologie en Systematiek (ECOL), more
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor

The aim of the project is a comparative study of the 'structural' biodiversity and the causal factors by which it is induced and regulated. Present environmental factors and historical background (phylogeny of the biota and geographic evolution of the locality) are indeed main causes of the biodiversity observed today. We therefore plan to study the biodiversity in coastal ecosystems and estuaries in tropical and subtropical areas. Lagoons and estuaries are very productive ecosystems with a major impact on the functioning of open sea ecosystems and important for human activities. On the other hand, (sub)tropical areas are known to yield the highest biodiversity on which very few information is available. Moreover, semi-closed systems are very suitable to study speciation phenomena such as gene flow interruption and the origin of endemisms.

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