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Authors Sghaier, YR; Zakhama-Sraieb, R; Charfi-Cheikhrouha, F
Author Full Name Sghaier, Yassine Ramzi; Zakhama-Sraieb, Rym; Charfi-Cheikhrouha, Faouzia
Title Spatio-temporal dynamics and biomass of Cymodocea nodosa in Bekalta (Tunisia, Southern Mediterranean Sea)
Source MARINE ECOLOGY-AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords Biomass; Cymodocea nodosa; density; Mediterranean Sea; production; seagrass
Keywords Plus SEAGRASSES POSIDONIA-OCEANICA; INTERTIDAL ZOSTERA-JAPONICA; LAGOON-OF-VENICE; EL MELH LAGOON; UCRIA ASCHERSON; COASTAL LAGOON; CANARY-ISLANDS; REPRODUCTIVE PHENOLOGY; TEMPORAL DYNAMICS; LEAF DYNAMICS
Abstract Leaf growth, biomass and production of Cymodocea nodosa were measured from October 2006 to September 2007 in Monastir Bay (Tunisia). Shoot density showed a clear seasonal pattern, increasing during spring and summer and decreasing during fall and winter. Monthly mean shoot density ranged between 633 +/- 48 and 704 +/- 48shoots.m(-2). The monthly average total biomass ranged between 560 +/- 37 and 646 +/- 32gdryweight (DW).m(-2). Total biomass varied significantly among stations and sampling times but did not show seasonal variation. Leaf plastochrone intervals varied seasonally, with an annual average of 28-30days. Leaf productivity was highest in August (2.61gDW.m(-2).day(-1)) and lowest in February (0.35gDW.m(-2).day(-1)). Annual belowground primary production varied from 263 to 311gDW.m(-2).year(-1). Annual leaf production was approximately equal for all the stations (from 264 to 289gDW.m(-2).year(-1)). Variability in water temperature, air temperature and salinity explained the annual variability in biological characteristics. Changes in belowground and totalbiomass were not correlated with seasonal variability in the environmental parameters monitored. Additionally, a literature review was conducted of C.nodosa features at other Mediterranean sites, encompassing 30 studies from 1985 to 2014.
Author Address [Sghaier, Yassine Ramzi; Zakhama-Sraieb, Rym; Charfi-Cheikhrouha, Faouzia] Univ Tunis El Manar, Fac Sci Tunis, Bioecol & Evolutionary Systemat UR11ES11, Tunis, Tunisia; [Sghaier, Yassine Ramzi] RAC SPA, BP 337,Blvd Leader Yasser Arafat, Tunis 1080, Tunisia; [Zakhama-Sraieb, Rym] Univ Manouba, Higher Inst Biotechnol Sidi Thabet, Sidi Thabet, Ariana, Tunisia
Reprint Address Sghaier, YR (reprint author), RAC SPA, BP 337,Blvd Leader Yasser Arafat, Tunis 1080, Tunisia.
E-mail Address yassinramzi.sghaier@rac-spa.org
Funding Agency and Grant Number WADI Project [ICA3-CT2002-10003]
Funding Text This work was supported by WADI Project (ICA3-CT2002-10003). We thank the two anonymous reviewers povided very useful comments and suggestions. We are very grateful to Dr. Frederick T. Short for kindly proofreading the manuscript. We appreciate the assistance of Oumeima Zakhama, Halima Jomaa, Abdelghani Omrane, Alaya Jomaa, Azaiz Jomaa and Abdallah Jlassi during field work.
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Publisher WILEY
Publisher City HOBOKEN
Publisher Address 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA
ISSN 0173-9565
29-Character Source Abbreviation MAR ECOL-EVOL PERSP
ISO Source Abbreviation Mar. Ecol.-Evol. Persp.
Publication Date FEB
Year Published 2017
Volume 38
Issue 1
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1111/maec.12383
Page Count 12
Web of Science Category Marine & Freshwater Biology
Subject Category Marine & Freshwater Biology
Document Delivery Number EL4GR
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000394580200009
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