Active colonisation of disturbed sediments by deep-sea nematodes : evidence for the patch mosaic model

  title={Active colonisation of disturbed sediments by deep-sea nematodes : evidence for the patch mosaic model},
  author={Fabiane Gallucci and Tom Moens and Ann Vanreusel and Gustavo Graciano Fonseca},
An on-board experiment was performed during a research cruise to investigate the ability of deep-sea nematode species to actively colonise defaunated sediments. Small cylinders of 500 μm wire mesh filled with defaunated sediment were inserted into microcosms containing sediment with indigenous meiofauna collected from 1300 m depth in the Arctic Ocean. The defaunated sediments were either enriched with the diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii, or remained unenriched. Samples from the defaunated… CONTINUE READING
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