© 2004

Estuarine Nutrient Cycling: The Influence of Primary Producers

The Fate of Nutrients and Biomass

  • Søren Laurentius Nielsen
  • Gary T. Banta
  • Morten Foldager Pedersen

Part of the Aquatic Ecology Book Series book series (AQEC, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Søren Laurentius Nielsen, Gary T. Banta, Morten Foldager Pedersen
    Pages 1-15
  3. Kaj Sand-Jensen, Søren Laurentius Nielsen
    Pages 17-57
  4. Morgens R. Flindt, Joao Neto, Carl L. Amos, Miguel A. Pardal, Alessandro Bergamasco, Cathrine B. Pedersen et al.
    Pages 93-128
  5. Just Cebrián
    Pages 153-185
  6. Søren Laurentius Nielsen, Gary T. Banta, Morten Foldager Pedersen
    Pages 187-216
  7. Jack J. Middelburg, Karline Soetaert, Peter M. J. Herman, Henricus T. S. Boschker, Carlo H. R. Heip
    Pages 217-230
  8. Karen J. McGlathery, K. Sundbäck, Iris C. Anderson
    Pages 231-261
  9. Nils Risgaard-Petersen
    Pages 263-280
  10. Søren Laurentius Nielsen, Gary T. Banta, Morten Foldager Pedersen
    Pages 281-292
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 293-303

About this book


It is a well-known fact that eutrophication of coastal waters causes significant changes in the species composition of the primary producers. Usually a shift from an ecosystem dominated by sea grasses or large brown algae to an ecosystem dominated by fast-growing green algae or phytoplankton is observed. While this shift has been documented in a number of research papers and books, the consequences of this shift are less well known. This book focuses on the consequences of such changes for nutrient cycling.

The aim is to investigate how different types of primary producers influence nutrient cycling in coastal marine waters, and how nutrient cycling changes qualitatively and quantitatively as a consequence of the changes in the primary producer community caused by eutrophication. The various chapters address specific ecological processes such as grazing, decomposition, burial and export of biomass from the ecosystem. The book is intended for researchers and professionals working in the field of coastal marine ecology and estuarine ecology and for advanced students in this field.


Estuarine ecology Eutrophication Marine ecology Nutrient cycling Primary producers algae biomass cyclin decomposition ecology ecosystem marine ecology nitrogen nutrient cycling phytoplankton plankton Vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Søren Laurentius Nielsen
    • 1
  • Gary T. Banta
    • 1
  • Morten Foldager Pedersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Roskilde UniversityDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Estuarine Nutrient Cycling: The Influence of Primary Producers
  • Book Subtitle The Fate of Nutrients and Biomass
  • Editors Søren Laurentius Nielsen
    Gary T. Banta
    Morten Foldager Pedersen
  • Series Title Aquatic Ecology Book Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2638-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6693-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3021-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 303
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Freshwater & Marine Ecology
    Plant Ecology
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From the reviews:

"This volume provides numerous examples that illustrate methods for designing experiments to decipher the complexity of nutrient cycles and the affected primary producers at the base of the food web. … Because there is substantial background information throughout the book, I highly recommend this volume as a primary text, or suggested reading, for courses in basic ecology … . And finally, the volume provides a convenient reference for those of us beyond student status, but working in the area of nutrient cycling." (Anne C. Sigleo, Ecology, Vol. 87 (1), 2006)