Historically, the material processing studies concerning bivalve filter feeders have focused on uptake processes like particle filtration and biodeposition. In reality, bivalve filter feeders both take up and release materials to the surrounding system and this duality has only been addressed by researchers in the past 10-years. The working group recognized that from an ecosystem perspective bivalve filter feeders exhibit both functional and structural controls on material processing with in coastal and estuarine systems. Although numerous mechanisms and processes were discussed, only those which are poorly understood and which need to be investigated in future studies are outlined below.
KeywordsBiomass Phosphorus Filtration Phytoplankton Petrol
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