Relationships between plant traits and ecosystem processes along environmental gradients in temperate plant communities

Projektin yksityiskohdat


Seagrasses and other aquatic plants are foundation species that modify the abiotic and biotic environment. Despite increasing numbers of studies on plant functional traits and ecosystem functioning in the terrestrial realm, analogous studies in marine environments and particularly seagrasses and other vascular plants are very few or lacking altogether.To bridge this knowledge gap, a functional group approach including the identification of important functional traits is needed. The main aim of this project is to investigate the relationship between plant functional diversity and ecosystem functioning (primary and secondary production, nutrient cycling) in temperate plant assemblages along environmental gradients. An additional aim is to investigate how such relationships may change with time, thus including temporal scales in the proposed research. The provided research will contribute valuable and highly needed information of the role of vegetated bottoms for the coastal functioning in the Baltic Sea. This will also form a novel research subject where the generality of hypotheses derived from terrestrial studies can be tested.
Todellinen alku/loppupvm01/01/201531/05/2019


  • Walter and Andrée de Nottbeck Foundation: 203 200,00 €


  • 1181 Ekologia, evoluutiobiologia


Not all plants are the same: Exploring metabolism and nitrogen fluxes in a benthic community composed of different aquatic plant species

Gustafsson, C. & Norkko, A., 2016, julkaisussa : Limnology and Oceanography. 61, 5, s. 1787-1799 13 Sivumäärä

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