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Biotic interactions in turbid estuarine systems

Dutch title: Biotische interacties in turbiede estuariene systemen
Reference no: P101/FWOAL102-G010499N
Period: January 1999 till December 2002
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Animal ecology; Limnology; Plant ecology

Institutes (7)  Top 
  • Ghent University; Faculty of Sciences; Biology Department; Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology (PAE)
    • Vyverman, Wim, promotor
  • Ghent University; Faculty of Sciences; Biology Department; Marine Biology Section (MARBIOL), more
    • Vincx, Magda, promotor
    • Sabbe, Koen
    • Hamels, Ilse
    • Muylaert, Koenraad
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Department of Biology; Systematics and Ecology of Animals Section; Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    • Ollevier, Frans, promotor
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Research group Analytical, Environmental and Geochemistry (AMGC)
    • Dehairs, Frank, promotor
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculty of Sciences; Department of Biology; Laboratory of Ecology and Systematics (ECOL)
    • Daro, Marie Hermande, promotor
  • Flemish Government; Policy Domain Environment; Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), more
  • Flemish Government; Economy, Science and Innovation; Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), sponsor

Study of the relative importance of primary production , bacterial production and detritus avection for the planktonic foodweb. Biotic interactions in the micro- and macrobenthic foodweb. Feeding behaviour of macrocrustacea, fish and birds.

This project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the structure and function of estuarine food webs by studying selected biotic interactions in the plankton and benthos of the schelde estuary (The Netherlands, Belgium). Objectives: (1) The study of the relative importance of primary production, bacterial bacterial production and detritus in the planctonic food web. (2) The study of important biotic interactions in the micro- and meiobenthic food web. (3) The study of the feeding ecology of higher trophic levels (fish, macrocrustacea and avifauna) and their impact on lower trophic levels.

The former Institute for Nature Conservation was a partner in this project

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