A keystone mutualism underpins resilience of a coastal ecosystem to drought

@inproceedings{Angelini2016AKM,
  title={A keystone mutualism underpins resilience of a coastal ecosystem to drought},
  author={Christine Angelini and John N Griffin and Johan van de Koppel and Leon Peter Maria Lamers and Alfons J. P. Smolders and Marlous Derksen-Hooijberg and Tjisse van der Heide and Brian Reed Silliman},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2016}
}
Droughts are increasing in severity and frequency, yet the mechanisms that strengthen ecosystem resilience to this stress remain poorly understood. Here, we test whether positive interactions in the form of a mutualism between mussels and dominant cordgrass in salt marshes enhance ecosystem resistance to and recovery from drought. Surveys spanning 250 km of southeastern US coastline reveal spatially dispersed mussel mounds increased cordgrass survival during severe drought by 5- to 25-times… CONTINUE READING
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