Attempting A Synthesis – Plant/Nutrient Interactions
The overall purpose of this book has been to summarize and evaluate the mutual interactions between nutrients and vegetation in shallow coastal ecosystems. Several books and scientific papers have focused on how nutrient richness modify the structure and dominance patterns of marine plant communities, while less attention has been given to the evaluation of how different types of marine plants may affect nutrient dynamics within the systems they live. The major topic of this book is therefore to review how plants affect the overall nutrient dynamics (i.e. transport, recycling, temporary or permanent retention) in shallow coastal ecosystems and to judge whether or not such effects may vary systematically with dominance of different plant types – “plants” in this context includes algae.
KeywordsPlant Type Grazing Intensity Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Marine Ecology Progress Series Water Residence Time
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