Project

ESF-EuroDEEP-Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in contrasting southern European deep-sea environments: from viruses to megafauna (BIOFUN)

Duration
01 September 2007 → 30 August 2012
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
Keywords
ecosystem function biodiversity meiofauna deep-sea ecology
 
Project description

The aim of the project is to characterise under an ecosystem approach two deep-sea habitats - the mid-slope and abyssal plain - including for the first time the analysis from viruses to megafauna, to understand the linkages between biodiversity patterns and ecosystem functioning in relation to environmental conditions. The Marine Biology Section of Ghent University investigates the meiofauna.