Factors influencing seaweed responses to eutrophication: Some results from EU-project

Schramm, Winfried (1999) Factors influencing seaweed responses to eutrophication: Some results from EU-project Journal of Applied Phycology, 11 . pp. 69-78. DOI 10.1023/A:1008076026792.

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Abstract

Seaweed responses to eutrophication and their role in coastal eutrophication processes were compared at 8 different sites along the European coasts from the Baltic to the Mediterranean as part of the EU-ENVIRONMENT Project Marine Eutrophication and benthic Macrophytes (EUMAC). Structural and functional changes of marine benthic vegetation typical of eutrophic waters, in particular mass development (blooms) of certain seaweeds, are not merely the result of increased nutrient loading, but must be attributed to complex interactions of primary and secondary effects during the eutrophication process. Due to species-specific physiological properties of the algae (nutrient kinetics, growth potential, light, temperature requirements), the combined effects of abiotic and biotic factors on juvenile or adult developmental stages control the development of algal blooms in different ways. In particular the role of light, temperature, water motion and oxygen depletion, as well as of grazers, on early and adult developmental stages of the algae are considered. The result are discussed in the context of coastal eutrophication control and management

Document Type: Article
Keywords: seaweed; algal blooms; eutrophication; general mechanisms; management
Research affiliation: OceanRep > Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1023/A:1008076026792
ISSN: 0921-8971
Projects: EUMAC
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008 17:24
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2017 08:42
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/7506

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