Functional Role of Large Organisms in Intertidal Communities: Community Effects and Ecosystem Function

@article{Thrush2005FunctionalRO,
  title={Functional Role of Large Organisms in Intertidal Communities: Community Effects and Ecosystem Function},
  author={Simon F. Thrush and Judi E Hewitt and Max Gibbs and Carolyn J. Lundquist and Alf Norkko},
  journal={Ecosystems},
  year={2005},
  volume={9},
  pages={1029-1040}
}
In marine soft sediments, large organisms are potentially important players in the nonlinear interactions that occur among animals, their food, and their chemical environment, all of which influence the contribution of benthos to ecosystem function. We investigated the consequences of removing large individuals of two functionally contrasting benthic communities on nutrient regeneration, microphyte standing stock, and macrobenthic community composition. The experiment was conducted at two… Expand

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