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Manzanera, M., Pérez, M., Romero, J.: Seagrass mortality due to oversedimentation: an experimental approach. Journal of Coastal Conservation, 4: 67-70, 1998.


Abstract. Mortality due to oversedimentation of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica was experimentally evaluated by field manipulations of the sediment level. Increased levels of sediment placed over plant shoots and rhizomes induced significant shoot mortality, even at moderate burial levels (ca. 5 cm). When sediment was added to reach levels 15 cm higher than the initial one, a 100 % mortality was observed after 200 - 300 days. The response of the plant was independent of site and depth. These results can be used in ecological risk assessment of coastal activities which potentially affect sediment deposition.

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