Ecological lever and interface ecology: epibiosis modulates the interactions between host and environment.

Wahl, Martin (2008) Ecological lever and interface ecology: epibiosis modulates the interactions between host and environment. Biofouling, 24 (6). pp. 427-438. DOI 10.1080/08927010802339772.

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Abstract

The properties of the body surface play a crucial role in most interactions of marine organisms. Critical ecological properties such as drag, morphology, uptake and release of radiation and organic matter are linked to the body surface of an aquatic organism. The properties and functions of this interface may be modified substantially by the presence and activities of epibiotic communities. This, in turn, may lead to substantial modulation of the interactions between the organism bearing epiphytes and its environment, with consequences for the relative fitness of the host organism (basibiont) and its interactors, and ultimately, the structure and functioning of the assemblage. Epibiosis may act as an ecological lever via these indirect effects, greatly amplifying or buffering biotic and abiotic stress.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Ecology; epibiosis; indirect effects; interaction modulation; ecological lever function
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-B Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1080/08927010802339772
ISSN: 0892-7014
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2009 10:29
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 11:59
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/1416

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