Reference : Seed nutrient content and nutritional status of Posidonia oceanica seedlings in the n...
Scientific journals : Article
Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
Life sciences : Aquatic sciences & oceanology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/28097
Seed nutrient content and nutritional status of Posidonia oceanica seedlings in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea
English
Balestri, Elena mailto [University of Pisa > Dipartimento di Biologia > > >]
Gobert, Sylvie mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Océanologie >]
Lepoint, Gilles mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences et gestion de l'environnement > Océanologie >]
Lardicci, Claudio [University of Pisa > Dipartimento di Biologia > > >]
2009
Marine Ecology. Progress Series
Inter-Research Science Publishing
388
99-109
Yes
International
0171-8630
1616-1599
Oldendorf Luhe
Germany
[en] Seedlings ; seagrass ; elemental analysis ; nutritional contrainsts ; sexual reproduction
[en] Successful seedling establishment is rare in Posidonia oceanica. The first year after germination is likely to be the most critical phase in the recruitment process, but little is still known on the factors affecting seedling survival. Mature fruits of P. oceanica released from a meadow of the north-western Mediterranean were deposited by currents on the adjacent beach in May 2004. In May and December 2005, some seedlings established in the previous summer were uprooted by storms and deposited on the beach. This material provided the opportunity to examine seed mass and nutrient content, and the nutritional status of seedlings. Our findings support the hypothesis that growth limitation may be an important cause of mortality for seedlings during the first year of establishment in poor-nutrient sites.
Centre Interfacultaire de Recherches en Océanologie - MARE ; University of Pisa
University of Pisa ; Communauté française de Belgique - CfB
Projet ARC RACE (Rapid Assessment of Coastal Environment)
Researchers
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/28097
10.3354/meps08104
http://www.int-res.com

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