The abundance, community composition and species diversity of the nematode community at a station on the Belgian Continental Shelf is documented on a monthly basis. This study was carried out as part of a PhD thesis more
The response of a nematode community to phytoplankton sedimentation was investigated at an organically enriched station on the Belgian coast, 115 bis. Both structural (abundance, community comosition and species diversity) and functional (trophic composition) aspects of the nematode community were evaluated on a monthly basis. The phytoplankton community was analysed by examining diatoms and Phaeocystis colonies in surface waters. To assess phytoplankton sedimentation, pigment content of the sediment was determined on a regular basis.
Granulometric variables: Coulter Counter LS particle size analyzer
Nitrate (NO3-): SANplus Flow analyser
Nitrite (NO2-): SANplus Flow analyser
Taxonomy: Meiobenthos density determination (variation on Vanaverbeke 2003 chp 6) Protocol extensively described in phd thesis Vanaverbeke 2003 chapter 6 (submitted) with slight variation.
(1) Sampling protocol: Reineck boxcorer; 3 deployments; from each deployment 1 core 3.6 cm; vertically sliced per cm untill depth of 10 cm; fixation 4% hot (70°) neutral formaldehyde tap-water solution
(2) Lab protocol: extraction centrifugation Ludox (Heip et al. 1985). (Identification is 120 ind. /slice)
Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), more, data owner
Ghent University; Faculty of Sciences; Biology Department; Marine Biology Section (MARBIOL), more, data creator, data owner, taxonomic identifier, data manager
Structural and functional biodiversity of North Sea ecosystems: species and their habitats as indicator for the sustainable management of the BCS, more
Based on this dataset:
Steyaert, M. (2003). Ruimtelijke en temporele patronen van nematodengemeenschappen in de Noordzee en Westerschelde = Spatial and temporal scales of nematode communities in the North Sea and Westerschelde. PhD Thesis. Universiteit Gent: Gent. XI, 114 pp., more