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Microplastic pollution in deep-sea sediments.
Biological structures as a source of habitat heterogeneity and biodiversity on the deep ocean margins
The structural attributes and biotic effects of the habitats that corals, sea pens, sponges and xenophyophores offer other organisms and the biotic structures they create to habitat heterogeneity and diversity on the deep continental margins are highlighted.
Deep, diverse and definitely different: unique attributes of the world's largest ecosystem
Abstract. The deep sea, the largest biome on Earth, has a series of characteristics that make this environment both distinct from other marine and land ecosystems and unique for the entire planet.…
Exponential Decline of Deep-Sea Ecosystem Functioning Linked to Benthic Biodiversity Loss
Meiobenthos at the Arctic Håkon Mosby Mud Volcano, with a parental-caring nematode thriving in sulphide-rich sediments
Hakon Mosby Mud Volcano (HMMV, SW Barents Sea slope, 1280 m) is one of the numerous cold methane-venting seeps existing along the continental margins. Analyses of video- guided core samples revealed…
Threatened by mining, polymetallic nodules are required to preserve abyssal epifauna
- A. Vanreusel, A. Hilário, Pedro A. Ribeiro, L. Menot, P. M. Arbizu
- Environmental ScienceScientific reports
- 1 June 2016
Surveys conducted along tracks from trawling or experimental mining simulations up to 37 years old suggest that the removal of epifauna is almost complete and that its full recovery is slow, highlighting the importance of nodules for the epifaunal biodiversity of this abyssal area.
Meiobenthos of the Deep Northeast Atlantic
First insights into the biodiversity and biogeography of the Southern Ocean deep sea
New data from recent sampling expeditions in the deep Weddell Sea and adjacent areas reveal high levels of new biodiversity, challenging suggestions that deep-sea diversity is depressed in the Southern Ocean and providing a basis for exploring the evolutionary significance of the varied biogeographic patterns observed in this remote environment.
Deep-sea habitat heterogeneity influence on meiofaunal communities in the Gulf of Guinea
Host-specificity among abundant and rare taxa in the sponge microbiome
- J. Reveillaud, L. Maignien, A. Vanreusel
- Environmental Science, BiologyThe ISME Journal
- 9 January 2014
This study conducted a comparison of sponge bacterial communities in seven closely related Hexadella species with a well-resolved host phylogeny, as well as of a distantly related sponge Mycale, and observed a striking diversity of microbes associated with the sponges, spanning 47 bacterial phyla.