Nutrient enrichment promotes survival and dispersal of drifting fragments in an invasive tropical macroalga

  title={Nutrient enrichment promotes survival and dispersal of drifting fragments in an invasive tropical macroalga},
  author={Mark J. A. Vermeij and Meghan L. Dailer and C. Morais Smith},
  journal={Coral Reefs},
The effect of nutrient availability on growth, survival, and photosynthetic performance of drifting fragments of the invasive red alga Hypnea musciformis was studied in Maui (Hawaii), where this species smothers native reef communities and forms localized blooms. H. musciformis does not sexually reproduce in Hawaii and drifting fragments represent the only pathway by which H. musciformis can disperse and invade new areas. Growth rates decreased with age and approached zero when fragments aged… CONTINUE READING

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