Harnessing positive species interactions as a tool against climate-driven loss of coastal biodiversity.

Bulleri, Fabio , Eriksson, Britas Klemens, Queirós, Ana, Airoldi, Laura, Arenas, Francisco, Arvanitidis, Christos, Bouma, Tjeerd J., Crowe, Tasman P., Davoult, Dominique, Guizien, Katell, Iveša, Ljiljana, Jenkins, Stuart R., Michalet, Richard, Olabarria, Celia, Procaccini, Gabriele, Serrão, Ester A., Wahl, Martin and Benedetti-Cecchi, Lisandro (2018) Harnessing positive species interactions as a tool against climate-driven loss of coastal biodiversity. Open Access PLOS Biology, 16 (9). e2006852. DOI 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006852.

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Habitat-forming species sustain biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in harsh environments through the amelioration of physical stress. Nonetheless, their role in shaping patterns of species distribution under future climate scenarios is generally overlooked. Focusing on coastal systems, we assess how habitat-forming species can influence the ability of stress-sensitive species to exhibit plastic responses, adapt to novel environmental conditions, or track suitable climates. Here, we argue that habitat-former populations could be managed as a nature-based solution against climate-driven loss of biodiversity. Drawing from different ecological and biological disciplines, we identify a series of actions to sustain the resilience of marine habitat-forming species to climate change, as well as their effectiveness and reliability in rescuing stress-sensitive species from increasingly adverse environmental conditions.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-B Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006852
ISSN: 1545-7885
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2018 12:50
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 15:17
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/44637

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