Top-down and bottom-up stabilizing mechanisms in eelgrass meadows differentially affected by coastal upwelling

@inproceedings{Jorgensen2007TopdownAB,
  title={Top-down and bottom-up stabilizing mechanisms in eelgrass meadows differentially affected by coastal upwelling},
  author={Pablo Jorgensen and Silvia E. Ibarra-Obando and Jos{\'e} D. Carriquiry},
  year={2007}
}
Trophic cascades usually regulate structure and dynamics of valuable benthic vegetation communities (e.g. kelp forests, salt marshes), resulting in alternating high and low abundances from predators at the highest level, down through herbivores, to basal producers at the lowest trophic level. While herbivores may have direct strong negative effects on kelp and salt marsh vegetation, grazing invertebrates (mesograzers) within seagrass meadows consume and thus control the biomass of opportunistic… CONTINUE READING

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