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Periodic Report - USEABLE (Understanding seagrass effects on biodiversity levels)

Project ID: 205675
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


Seagrasses are well known ecosystem engineers in that they can strongly affect the hydrodynamic environment within a meadow. Benthos diversity within a seagrass meadow will predominantly consist of filter feeders and deposit feeders. For their food supply, filter feeders will benefit from strong hydrodynamics that cause a high refreshment rate of the water column, whereas deposit feeders will benefit from attenuated hydrodynamic energy that enhances seston deposition at the sediment surface.

The main goal of this project was to determine the interplay between flow characteristics and seagrass canopy properties in determining the food supply within the canopies, and therefore, to influence the diversity of filter feeding species. The report contains a short summary on the state of the art and on the main outcomes from the project. The results derived from this project suggested that food availability within and at the edge of the seagrass canopies can be the result of a complex interrelationship. The report also includes diagrams.

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