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Deep-Sea Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea: The Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable
It is shown that in contrast to what was expected from the sharp decrease in organic carbon fluxes and reduced faunal abundance, the deep-sea biodiversity of both the eastern and the western basins of the Mediterranean Sea is similarly high.
Exponential Decline of Deep-Sea Ecosystem Functioning Linked to Benthic Biodiversity Loss
The first metazoa living in permanently anoxic conditions
- R. Danovaro, A. Dell'Anno, A. Pusceddu, C. Gambi, Iben Heiner, Reinhardt Møbjerg Kristensen
- Environmental Science, BiologyBMC Biology
- 6 April 2010
This is the first evidence of a metazoan life cycle that is spent entirely in permanently anoxic sediments, and it is concluded that these metazoans live under anoxic conditions through an obligate anaerobic metabolism that is similar to that demonstrated so far only for unicellular eukaryotes.
Meiofauna hotspot in the Atacama Trench, eastern South Pacific Ocean
Meiofaunal production and energy transfer efficiency in a seagrass Posidonia oceanica bed in the western Mediterranean
Estimates in a Posidonia oceanica bed in the NW Mediterranean Sea provide evidence of the relevance of meiofauna in benthic energy flows and reflect changes in the content and bio-availability of sediment organic mat- ter in the seagrass bed.
Nematode community response to fish-farm impact in the western Mediterranean.
Sustainable impact of mussel farming in the Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea): evidence from biochemical, microbial and meiofaunal indicators.
Benthic microbial loop functioning in coastal lagoons: a comparative approach
Organic matter composition, metazoan meiofauna and nematode biodiversity in Mediterranean deep-sea sediments
Gold coral (Savalia savaglia) and gorgonian forests enhance benthic biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the mesophotic zone
- C. Cerrano, R. Danovaro, C. Gambi, A. Pusceddu, A. Riva, S. Schiaparelli
- Environmental ScienceBiodiversity and Conservation
The results suggest that S. savaglia should be particularly protected not only for its specific rarity, endemism and vulnerability but also because it has a prominent role in sustaining high levels of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in the surrounding benthos of the twilight zone.