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Invasive ecosystem engineers threaten benthic nitrogen cycling by altering native infaunal and biofouling communities


"Predicting the effects of invasive ecosystem engineering species in new bioregions has proved elusive. In part this is because separating biological effects from purely physical mechanisms has been little studied and yet could help predict potentially damaging bioinvasions. Here we tested the effects of a large bio-engineering fanworm Sabella spallanzanii (Sabella) versus worm-like structures (mimics) on gas and nutrient fluxes in a marine soft bottom sediment. [...]"

Source: Scientific Reports
Authors: L. W. Tait et al.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-58557-8

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