Understanding biodiversity effects on the functioning of marine benthic ecosystems

01 January 2011 → 31 October 2017
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Microbiology
    • Plant biology
    • Systems biology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
biodiversity ecosystem function marine sediment
Project description

We will investigate how small-scale heterogeneity and horizontal and vertical, multilevel interactions affect biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BDEF) relations in intertidal, shallow subtidal and deep sea sediments. Functional properties investigated include primary (microalgae) and secondary production (meio- and macrobenthos), EPS secretion, OM minteralization and denitrification by prokaryotes. We will combine field studies and experiments using functionally well-characterized groups of organisms.