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Development of a transplantation technique of Cystoseira amentacea var. stricta and Cystoseira compressa

  • M. L. Susini
  • L. Mangialajo
  • T. Thibaut
  • A. Meinesz
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 193)

Abstract

On the North-Western Mediterranean coastline, the genus Cystoseira (Fucales) has a key role on upper infralittoral community structure. Cystoseira amentacea var. stricta and C. compressa are the most common superficial Cystoseira species. In this area, the coastline is subjected to a strong anthropogenic pressure which has caused severe Cystoseira population decreases. The present study consists in the development of a cheap and easy to use transplantation technique of C. amentacea var. stricta and C. compressa in order to either restore former natural populations or help their settlement on artificial substrates. The thalli were fixed with epoxy glue in holes made by a drill. The success of the technique was assessed by counting the number of remaining transplanted thalli after 3 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. Results were found encouraging with 75% of survival for both species after 6 months. Moreover fertile fronds were observed on the transplanted thalli showing the harmlessness of the technique.

Keywords

Cystoseira amentacea var. stricta Cystoseira compressa Transplantation technique 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Susini
    • 1
  • L. Mangialajo
    • 2
  • T. Thibaut
    • 1
  • A. Meinesz
    • 1
  1. 1.E.A 3156 “Gestion de la Biodiversité”, Laboratoire Environnement Marin Littoral, Faculté des SciencesUniversité de Nice-Sophia AntipolisNice Cedex 2France
  2. 2.Dipartimento per lo Studio del Territorio e delle sue RisorseUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly

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