The relationship between epilithic biofilm stability and its associated meiofauna under two patterns of flood disturbance

  title={The relationship between epilithic biofilm stability and its associated meiofauna under two patterns of flood disturbance},
  author={Nabil Majdi and Beno{\^i}t Mialet and St{\'e}phanie Boyer and Mich{\`e}le Tackx and Jos{\'e}phine Leflaive and St{\'e}phanie Boul{\^e}treau and Lo{\"i}c Ten-Hage and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Julien and Robert Fernandez and Evelyne Buffan-Dubau},
  booktitle={Freshwater Science},
Abstract.  Habitat stability is an important driver of ecological community composition and development. River epilithic biofilms are particularly unstable habitats for the establishment of benthic communities because they are regularly disturbed by floods. Our aim was to determine the influence of habitat instability on meiobenthic organisms. We hypothesized that hydrologic variables are the most important predictors of meiofauna distribution. We monitored epilithic communities (meiofauna and… 
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