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ID: 286465.0, MPI für Evolutionsbiologie / Ecophysiology
The emerging role of genetic diversity for ecosystem functioning: Estuarine macrophytes as models
Authors:Reusch, Thorsten B. H.; Hughes, A. Randall
Language:English
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2006-02
Title of Journal:Estuaries and Coasts
Volume:29
Issue / Number:1
Start Page:159
End Page:164
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:Recent experiments in macrophyte dominated communities on the relationship between biological diversity and ecosystem functioning suggest that effects and mechanisms of genetic-genotypic and species diversity are analogous. As previously shown for species diversity, genotypic diversity enhances ecosystem productivity and recovery from disturbance. These findings generalize ecological theory, and provide an empirical basis for explicitly considering the maintenance of genetic or genotypic diversity for conservation strategies. Macrophyte systems such as seagrasses or salt-marshes may be excellent systems to test the interaction between diversity across several (genetic versus species) levels of biological organization because they are relatively species poor while simultaneously allowing the manipulation of genotypic diversity by taking advantage of clonal propagation in many species.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Affiliations:MPI für Limnologie/Abt. Ökophysiologie
External Affiliations:Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster, Hüfferstr. 1, 48149 Münster; Univ Calif Davis, Sect Evolut & Ecol, Davis, CA 95616 USA
Identifiers:ISSN:1559-2723 [ID-No:1]
LOCALID:2470/S 38499 [Listen-Nummer/S-Nummer]
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