Publication details.

Paper

Year:2019
Author(s):L. Pereda-Briones, J. Terrados, F. Tomas,
Title:Negative effects of warming on seagrass seedlings are not exacerbated by invasive algae
Journal:MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN
ISSN:0025-326X
Volume:141
Pages:36-45
D.O.I.:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.049
Abstract:The observed and projected rise in sea surface temperature challenges marine biodiversity worldwide, and
particularly in temperate ecosystems dealing with the arrival of novel species of tropical provenance. When the
impacted biota are early life stages of ecosystem engineers, the effects of those impacts are of major concern for
ecologists and coastal managers. We experimentally examined the individual and potential additive effects of
seawater warming and the presence of the invasive algae on the development of seedlings of the seagrass
Posidonia oceanica in a three-month mesocosm experiment. Whereas the presence of the invasive algae (Caulerpa
cylindracea and Lophocladia lallemandii) did not result in detrimental effects on seedlings, warming negatively
affected seedling development. Interestingly, the presence of both invasive algae may ameliorate the negative
effects of warming.

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