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See detailA 15-Month Survey of Dimethylsulfoniopropionate and Dimethylsulfoxide Content in Posidonia oceanica
Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Champenois, Willy ULiege; Engels, Guyliann et al

in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2020), 7(510), 1-15

Posidonia oceanica is the only reported seagrass to produce significant amount of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP). It is also the largest known producer of DMSP among coastal and inter-tidal higher ... [more ▼]

Posidonia oceanica is the only reported seagrass to produce significant amount of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP). It is also the largest known producer of DMSP among coastal and inter-tidal higher plants. Here, we studied (i) the weekly to seasonal variability and the depth variability of DMSP and its related compound dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) in P. oceanica leaves of a non-disturbed meadow in Corsica, France, (ii) the weekly to seasonal variability and the depth variability of DMSP to DMSO concentration to assess the potential of the DMSP:DMSO ratio as indicator of stress, and (iii) the relationships between DMSP, DMSO, and the DMSP:DMSO ratio with potential explanatory variables such as light, temperature, photosynthetic activity (effective quantum yield of photosystem II), and leaf size. The overall average concentrations of organosulfured compounds in P. oceanica leaves were 130 ± 39 μmol.g−1fw for DMSP and 4.9 ± 2.1 μmol.g−1fw for DMSO. Concentrations of DMSP and DMSO in P. oceanica were overall distinctly higher and exhibited a wider range of variations than other marine primary producers such as Spartina alterniflora, phytoplankton communities, epilithic Cyanobacteria and macroalgae. Concentrations of both DMSP and DMSO in P. oceanica leaves decreased from a maximum in autumn to a minimum in summer; they changed little with depth. Potential explanatory variables except the leaf size, i.e., the leaf age were little or not related to measured concentrations. To explain the seasonal pattern of decreasing concentrations with leaf aging, we hypothesized two putative protection functions of DMSP in young leaves: antioxidant against reactive oxygen species and predator-deterrent. The similar variation of the two molecule concentrations over time and with depth suggested that DMSO content in P. oceanica leaves results from oxidation of DMSP. The DMSP:DMSO ratio remained constant around a mean value of 29.2 ± 9.0 μmol:μmol for the non-disturbed harvested meadow regardless of the time of the year, the depth or the leaf size. As suggested for the salt march plant S. alterniflora, we hypothesized the DMSP:DMSO ratio could be considered as indicator of stress in seagrasses exposed to environmental or anthropogenic stressors. More research would now be needed to confirm the functions of DMSP and DMSO in seagrasses and how the DMSP:DMSO ratio will vary under various disturbances. [less ▲]

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See detailPosidonia oceanica, a top producer of dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfoxide
Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Champenois, Willy ULiege; Engels, Guyliann et al

in CIESM WORKSHOP MONOGRAPHS (2019, October 10)

We studied the dynamic of dimethylsulfoniopropionate and its derivative dimethylsulfoxide in Posidonia oceanica. The annual average concentrations in leaves were 129 ± 39 μmol.g for DMSP and 5.0 ± 2.1 ... [more ▼]

We studied the dynamic of dimethylsulfoniopropionate and its derivative dimethylsulfoxide in Posidonia oceanica. The annual average concentrations in leaves were 129 ± 39 μmol.g for DMSP and 5.0 ± 2.1 μmol.g for DMSO. DMSP and DMSO concentrations decreased from a maximum in the fall to a minimum in the summer and were mainly correlated to the seagrass leaf size. The similar variation of the two molecule concentrations suggested that DMSO content results from oxidation of DMSP. The DMSP:DMSO ratio, considered as indicator of stress in Spartina alterniflora, remained constant around a mean value of 27.7 μmol:μmol. More research is now needed to investigate the functions of DMSP and DMSO in seagrasses, how the DMSP:DMSO ratio will vary under disturbance and whether it is useful as indicator of stress. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural Changes of Seagrass Seascapes Driven by Natural and Anthropogenic Factors: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Lejeune, Pierre et al

in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2019), 7

Seascape ecology has been widely applied to marine habitats, including seagrass meadows, through various approaches all over the world for the past 30 years. However, these methods mainly study seagrass ... [more ▼]

Seascape ecology has been widely applied to marine habitats, including seagrass meadows, through various approaches all over the world for the past 30 years. However, these methods mainly study seagrass meadows on a single spatial scale and monitor a single driver of heterogeneity. Additionally, few assess the seascape’s structural evolution. This creates gaps between the scientific data provided and those required by environmental managers and stakeholders in charge of seagrass meadow conservation. To meet their expectations, in this paper we developed a new multidisciplinary approach based on the coupling of mapping techniques, particle flux, and biometric investigations in a Mediterranean Bay, the Calvi Bay (Corsica, France), to assess the structural changes of Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile meadows subject to disturbances. We focused our investigations on the structural characteristics, the spatial dynamics, and the particle fluxes of natural sand areas generated by bottom currents and dead matte patches which ensued from anchoring damages at 10, 15, and 20m depth. Natural sand patches and anchoring patches differed in size, the first the largest. They also displayed different erosion-colonization dynamics. Natural sand patches were eroded at a mean speed of 12 cm.a−1 and colonized at a rate of 7 cm.a−1. Anchoring patches showed a mean erosion speed of 3.5 cm.a−1 and a colonization rate of 6.5 cm.a−1. Regarding particle fluxes, continuous meadow, and natural patch sedimentation and resuspension rates were 3.7 gDW.m−2.d−1 and 4.1 gDW.m−2.d−1 in average, respectively. In contrast, anchoring patches at 20m depth acted as sediment traps (112.60 gDW.m−2.d−1 in winter) and showed a higher particle resuspension rate. Our results highlighted the dichotomous dynamics of seagrass seascapes influenced by natural and anthropogenic factors. Thus, the smallest anchoring patch will take about 27 years to be recolonized while the biggest requires 60 years to be covered by the plant. With an upscaling approach, together with the newest mapping tools of marine habitats, we suggest a new method to study the evolution of seagrass meadows at a large spatial scale. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la photosynthèse de Posidonia oceanica par fluorimétrie modulée
Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Borges, Alberto ULiege et al

Scientific conference (2018, July 26)

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See detailEtude de la photosynthèse de Posidonia oceanica par fluorimétrie modulée
Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Borges, Alberto ULiege et al

Conference (2018, April 10)

Numerous methods for measuring seagrass productivity and growth exist: evolution of O2 or CO2 (incubation chambers, optodes), biomass, shoot leaf elongation, determination of elementary contents … Another ... [more ▼]

Numerous methods for measuring seagrass productivity and growth exist: evolution of O2 or CO2 (incubation chambers, optodes), biomass, shoot leaf elongation, determination of elementary contents … Another possible method relies on pulse amplitude modulation fluorometry (PAM). This technique allows the determination of the photosynthetic quantum yield (Yield) from fluorescence re-emitted by chlorophyll a before and after the application of a saturating light pulse. The Yield determined along a gradient of irradiance draws a light curve (RLC, Rapid Light Curve) similar to photosynthesis-irradiance curves. Since spring 2015 several measurements of Posidonia oceanica photosynthetic activity have been performed at STARESO using diving-PAM fluorometers, for multiple related purposes. The results of these works show that: (i) the absorbance of light by P. oceanica leaves is lower than the average value of terrestrial plants, (ii) the Yield remains constant, being influenced neither by season nor by depth and only the strong light intensities at shallow depths cause its decrease (photoinhibition), (iii) RLCs highlight the high photochemical plasticity of the plant to environmental conditions, (iv) the maximum electron transfer rate modelled from RLCs seems to be a good indicator of the average elongation of shoot leaves and hence of shoot growth and (v) photosynthesis as a biomarker responds to short-term Cu exposures at environmentally relevant levels. Posidonia oceanica photosynthetic activity, which will further be monitored during an in situ shading experiment, is studied in parallel with the development of a new generic biomarker of stress, the ratio of concentrations of organosulfured coumpounds in the plant (dimethylsulfonioproprionate, DMSP and dimethylsulfoxide, DMSO). In conclusion, whether the scientific issue is ecophysiological, environmental, ecotoxicological, PAM fluorometry is a technical approach to consider. [less ▲]

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See detailLa plante de la mer du milieu
Gobert, Sylvie ULiege; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege

Book published by Le livre en papier (2018)

Peu connaissent son nom et encore moins le rôle fondamental qu’elle joue à l’échelle de la Méditerranée : un habitat marin primordial, un puits de carbone pour nos émissions de gaz à effet de serre, une ... [more ▼]

Peu connaissent son nom et encore moins le rôle fondamental qu’elle joue à l’échelle de la Méditerranée : un habitat marin primordial, un puits de carbone pour nos émissions de gaz à effet de serre, une nurserie pour de nombreuses espèces, une protection contre l’érosion du littoral… Et la liste est longue ! Découvrez les secrets de cette plante qui, bien que d’aspect simple, possède une biologie très complexe. Comprenez la genèse et la dynamique des immenses prairies sous-marines qu’elle forme. Appréhendez les nombreuses relations qui lient les prairies sous-marines avec les espèces marines de Méditerranée. Sensibilisez-vous aux impacts des activités humaines sur les herbiers. Initiez-vous aux techniques scientifiques utilisées pour étudier la posidonie et apprenez quelles mesures de conservation et de gestion sont mises en place pour la préserver. A travers des schémas explicatifs et des photographies subaquatiques, laissez-vous guider dans les pairies sous-marines de Méditerranée pour découvrir leurs secrets. Poséidon est le dieu des mers et des océans dans la mythologie grecque [less ▲]

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See detailLa plante de la mer du milieu- La posidonie
Gobert, Sylvie ULiege; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege

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La posidonie : Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile Peu connaissent son nom et encore moins le rôle fondamental qu’elle joue à l’échelle de la Méditerranée : un habitat marin primordial, un puits de carbone ... [more ▼]

La posidonie : Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile Peu connaissent son nom et encore moins le rôle fondamental qu’elle joue à l’échelle de la Méditerranée : un habitat marin primordial, un puits de carbone pour nos émissions de gaz à effet de serre, une nurserie pour de nombreuses espèces, une protection contre l’érosion du littoral… Et la liste est longue ! Découvrez les secrets de cette plante qui, bien que d’aspect simple, possède une biologie très complexe. Comprenez la genèse et la dynamique des immenses prairies sous-marines qu’elle forme. Appréhendez les nombreuses relations qui lient les prairies sous-marines avec les espèces marines de Méditerranée. Sensibilisez-vous aux impacts des activités humaines sur les herbiers. Initiez-vous aux techniques scientifiques utilisées pour étudier la posidonie et apprenez quelles mesures de conservation et de gestion sont mises en place pour la préserver. A travers des schémas explicatifs et des photographies subaquatiques, laissez-vous guider dans les pairies sous-marines de Méditerranée pour découvrir leurs secrets. Poséidon est le dieu des mers et des océans dans la mythologie grecque. [less ▲]

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See detailSeascape ecology in Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows: Linking structure and ecological processes for management
Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Pace, Matthew; Gobert, Sylvie ULiege et al

in Ecological Indicators (2018), 87

Seagrass meadows constitute marine habitats in shallow water temperate and tropical coastal areas worldwide that have a high ecological and economic importance. Amongst the 60 or so seagrass species, the ... [more ▼]

Seagrass meadows constitute marine habitats in shallow water temperate and tropical coastal areas worldwide that have a high ecological and economic importance. Amongst the 60 or so seagrass species, the endemic Mediterranean species Posidonia oceanica forms meadows that are arguably the most important shallow water coastal habitat in the region but which are subjected to high anthropogenic pressures. Because of the relatively large size of the plant, the meadows formed by this seagrass have high architectural and morphological complexity, which results in different morphotypes or seascapes. While numerous studies of P. oceanica architectural characteristics for continuous meadows of the seagrass are available, few works have addressed seascape ecological features and the influence of environmental factors (natural and anthropogenic) thereon. In the present review, we give an overview of P. oceanica meadow architectural and morphological characteristics and how these contribute to Mediterranean landscapes and seascapes. Studies addressing the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors on morphometric features of different meadow types and landscape ecological characteristics of P. oceanica habitat are also reviewed, as well as their influence on ecosystem processes. Finally, by considering the available data and tools for seascape studies, we present a discussion on methods to assess seagrass seascapes within the framework of coastal management. Our review highlights several gaps in P. oceanica seascape ecology knowledge such as the lack of data on the spatial distribution of this engineer species, and the possibility to use modern techniques and procedures for analysing structural and ecosystemic data. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom seascape level to functional ecology: A case study over P. oceanica seagrass meadows in Calvi, Corsica
Lapeyra Martin, Jon ULiege; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Richir, Jonathan ULiege et al

in Cartographie des habitats marins benthiques : de l’acquisition à la restitution. (2017)

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See detailSTARECAPMED, des indices pour La Méditerranée
Leduc, Michèle; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Donnay, Annick ULiege et al

in Cartographie des habitats marins benthiques : de l’acquisition à la restitution (2017)

Le projet STARECAPMED (STAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on Mediterranean Ecosystems Drifts) a pour objectif (i) d’améliorer la compréhension du ... [more ▼]

Le projet STARECAPMED (STAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on Mediterranean Ecosystems Drifts) a pour objectif (i) d’améliorer la compréhension du fonctionnement des différents écosystèmes marins côtiers présents en Méditerranée et (ii) de décrire l’influence des activités humaines sur les processus qui gouvernent ce fonctionnement. La baie de Calvi, par sa situation exceptionnelle, est un site de référence de la Directive Européenne Cadre sur l’Eau (DCE), du monitoring de l’eutrophisation et de la contamination par les éléments traces. La Station de recherches océanographiques STARESO, implantée dans la baie depuis près de 50 ans, possède un accès unique à la mer et de nombreuses facilités logistiques. Elle a développé au fil du temps une expertise scientifique reposant notamment sur l’acquisition de longues séries temporelles de données environnementales. Ensemble, Baie et Station s’intègrent en un site atelier dédié à l’évaluation de l’état de santé des écosystèmes marins côtiers de Méditerranée Nord-Occidentale. En particulier, différents indices et indicateurs y sont développés en collaboration avec de nombreux laboratoires partenaires. Ainsi, nous avons développé, d’une part, une version non destructive de l’indice PREI (Posidonia Rapid Easy Index) d’évaluation de la qualité des eaux côtières reposant sur le suivi des herbiers à Posidonia oceanica, et d’autre part, deux indices d’évaluation de l’impact des ancrages, puis testé   l’indice EBQI (Ecosystem Based Quality Index), une approche sur la diversité écologique. Les indices TEPI (Trace Element Pollution Index) et TESVI (Trace Element Spatial Variation Index) permettent d’évaluer la contamination par les éléments traces. Le BeMSI (BEnthic Methodology Simplification) est un nouvel indicateur de la qualité du milieu défini à partir de la composition des peuplements macrobenthiques des substrats meubles et plus généralement, l’indice LIMA traduit l’attrait paysager et la richesse patrimoniale du benthos méditerranéen entre 0 et –40 m. Quant à l’indice ICAR (Indice paysager CAulerpa Racemosa), il permet d’évaluer les niveaux de colonisation par l’algue invasive Caulerpa cylindracea. Enfin, une approche innovante reposant sur l’enregistrement des sons permet d’évaluer la qualité du milieu à partir d’un paysage acoustique sous-marin. En conclusion, le développement et l’application combinée de ces différents indices et indicateurs développés dans le cadre du programme pluridisciplinaire STARECAPMED fournissent une estimation globale des états du milieu côtier méditerranéen à différents niveaux d’organisation, depuis l’espèce jusqu’à l’écosystème. De plus, leur mise en œuvre dans ce même site atelier privilégié permet de les confronter, de les ajuster et de les intercalibrer pour à terme les proposer aux gestionnaires du milieu côtier. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing edge-effects in Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows: A multidisciplinary approach
Lapeyra, Jon; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Lejeune, Pierre et al

Conference (2016, December)

Structural boundaries in ecosystems play an important role both in the context of seascape architecture, ecological processes and biodiversity. The Mediterranean Seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is ... [more ▼]

Structural boundaries in ecosystems play an important role both in the context of seascape architecture, ecological processes and biodiversity. The Mediterranean Seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile is considered an ecosystem engineer species, forming habitats of great ecological value and providing many ecosystem services. This study aims to (1) determine whether there are differences between seagrass-sand corridors edges and the adjacent continuous meadow, and (2) investigate whether anthropogenic pressures can cause disturbances in the measured parameters along the edges and the meadow. We have developed a multidisciplinary approach combining plant physiology, faunal canopy community studies and seagrass structural parameters characterization. We performed in situ chlorophyll fluorescence measurements using a Pulse Amplitude Modulated (Diving-PAM) fluorometry in order to assess the photosynthetic rate of the shoots. Vagile macrofauna of the leaf stratum was sampled by a hand-towed net, and the major taxonomic groups were sorted, counted, and identified. Meadow’s biometric measurements and the epiphytic biomass were also determined. Regarding edge-meadow matrix, results have shown highest differences on matrix structural parameters such as shoot density and shoot type proportions. Shoot density was found to decrease in edges considerably. We found c.a to 60 % plagiotropic shoots on edges while in continuous meadow orthotropics were predominant (up to 90 %). Howerver vagile-fauna population densities and diversity did not differ significantly among stations studied, neither by sites. Photosynthetic rate and leaf surface values also did not show changes between edges and continuous meadow. However, results did show that plagiotropic shoots had higher photosynthetic rate than orthotropics, and also that epiphyte abundance sorted out to be much higher (up to 54 %) on edges. [less ▲]

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See detailEcoNum, a research unit devoted to marine environment monitoring
Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Batigny, Antoine; Georges, Nadège et al

Conference (2016, October 27)

The monitoring of coastal environments remains a research domain of great interest and concern. Coastal ecosystems are threatened by natural and human-induced stressors and are, as transitional ... [more ▼]

The monitoring of coastal environments remains a research domain of great interest and concern. Coastal ecosystems are threatened by natural and human-induced stressors and are, as transitional environments, particularly sensitive to disturbances. EcoNum first research thematic revolves around hermatypic corals, calcifying organisms, and their adaptation potentials to environmental changes including by using original and patented chemostats. The studied organisms are grown and maintained in artificial mesocosms that simulate environmental conditions of a natural system. This infrastructure allows to perform long-term experiments, giving time to organisms to adapt to the tested conditions (e.g., increased temperature or lowered pH). Longer-term studies have demonstrated that many organisms are more resistant to environmental stressors than previously observed on the short-term. EcoNum also studies coastal plankton abundance and diversity. Plankton is particularly sensitive to physicochemical changes of water bodies. The classification and the enumeration of planktonic organisms require specialized tools in order to analyse time series of multiple samples. EcoNum has developed a software for the semi-automatic classification of planktonic organisms called Zoo/PhytoImage. This software has been used to study a 10-year time series of coastal Mediterranean zooplankton samples. The concomitant analysis of environmental parameters registered at high frequency with specific statistical tools such as the R package pastecs allows to understand the processes governing the changes observed in plankton assemblages. The use and the development of statistical tools in R (e.g., Zoo/Phytoimage, pastecs) is a priority of EcoNum to favour open access knowledge and reproductive sciences. EcoNum research topics also focus on coastal ecotoxicology. Chemicals, including trace elements, remain contaminants of concern, mainly in coastal environments that are the final sink of inland pollution sources. The chemical integrity of coastal ecosystems thus has to be accurately monitored. The partitioning of chemicals between their dissolved, particulate and sedimentary phases does not provide information on their bioavailability. EcoNum thus monitors coastal waters using bioindicator species such as seagrasses, mussels or sand worms. A global map of the contamination of the Mediterranean by trace elements has been drawn using seagrasses has bioindicator species. EcoNum also studies trace element ecology and toxicology. For instance, it has demonstrated the toxicity of copper on the coral Seriatopora hystrix and it's symbiont's photosynthetic processes, or its bioaccumulation and basipetal translocation towards rhizomes in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica as reserve nutrient for subsequent leaf growth. Finally, coastal vegetated systems are potential carbon thinks (or sources) in the global carbon cycle. Therefore, EcoNum studies the primary productivity of seagrass meadows, from the individual to the community, with measuring techniques as diverse as PAM-fluorometry or biomass production determination. To conclude, EcoNum is a research unit devoted to marine environment monitoring. It develops research thematics on major coastal communities such as coral reefs, seagrass beds or plankton assemblages and studies their natural dynamics and the effects of stressors on their global functioning. [less ▲]

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See detailA one year survey of seagrass primary productivity using the diving-PAM technique
Richir, Jonathan ULiege; Abadie, Arnaud ULiege; Grosjean, Philippe et al

Poster (2016, October 18)

Marine magnoliophytes are major primary producers in coastal benthic habitats worldwide. They play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle (one of the more efficient blue carbon wells). Hence, it is ... [more ▼]

Marine magnoliophytes are major primary producers in coastal benthic habitats worldwide. They play a crucial role in the global carbon cycle (one of the more efficient blue carbon wells). Hence, it is necessary to characterise the eco-systemic services seagrass meadows provide. Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, the main Mediterranean seagrass species, has high foliar and belowground biomass production. Several methods have been used so far to measure its primary production (e.g., using incubation bells, optodes, biomass and elementary content measurements). A less used method relies on chlorophyll fluorescence measurements through the Pulse Amplitude Modulated (PAM) fluorometry method (Diving - PAM). In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, this study aimed to determine weekly to bimonthly over a one-year period the photosynthetic responses (Yield, relative Electron Transfer Rate, Rapid Light Curve) of P. oceanica. The survey was performed at 10m depth in a pristine meadow (Calvi, Corsica, France). To obtain reliable and comparable data, the protocol was standardized: measurements were performed on the convex middle part of the third leaf, at zenith, during shiny and calm weather days. Results showed that the plant displayed a well-marked seasonality. The mean ETR (μmol e- m-2 s-1 ) of the plant ranged from 2.17 in winter to 21.9 in summer and was linearly correlated throughout the year with the in situ irradiance (PAR irradiance taken perpendicularly to the surface, in the average leaf orientation). The ETR plateaus of the RLCs, ranging from 10.9 to 35.0, and their corresponding maximum PAR intensities evolved similarly. These results demonstrated both the adaptation and the seasonal plasticity of the meadow’s photosynthetic system. Overall the non-destructive PAM technique is a powerful and cost-effective tool to assess the primary productivity of seagrass meadows where other techniques (e.g. optodes) cannot be used and when direct sampling (e.g. biomass measurements) is not allowed. [less ▲]

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See detailTemporal evolution of sand corridors in a Posidonia oceanica seascape: a 15-years study
Gobert, Sylvie ULiege; Lepoint, Gilles ULiege; Pelaprat, Corinne et al

in Mediterranean Marine Science (2016), 17(3), 777-784

The spatial dynamic of Posidonia oceanica meadows is a process extending over centuries. This paper shows evidence of the natural dynamics of P. oceanica “shifting intermattes” or “sand corridors” ... [more ▼]

The spatial dynamic of Posidonia oceanica meadows is a process extending over centuries. This paper shows evidence of the natural dynamics of P. oceanica “shifting intermattes” or “sand corridors” (hereafter SCs): unvegetated patches within a dense meadow. We studied features and temporal evolution (2001-2015) of 5 SCs in the Calvi Bay (Corsica) at 15 m depth and followed the characteristics the P. oceanica meadow lining the edge of patches. All SCs show a similar morphology. The eroded side is a vertical edge where roots, rhizomes and sediments are visible, when on the opposite colonized side, the sand is at the same level as the continuous meadow. The vertical edge reaches a maximum height of 160 cm and is eroded by orbital bottom currents with a maximum speed of 12 cm.s-1, the erosion speed ranging from 0.6 to 15 cm.y-1. SCs progress toward the coastline with a mean speed of 10 cm.y-1, the rate of colonization by P. oceanica shoots ranging from 1.5 to 21 cm.y-1. We calculated that the studied SCs would reach the coastline within 500 to 600 years. We finally discuss the implication of such dynamic in the framework of meadows’ colonization assessment and the seascape dynamic. [less ▲]

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