Journal of Environmental Biology
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Abstract - Issue Jul 2008, 29 (4) Back
A review of epiphyte
community development: Surface interactions and
Teena S. Michael*1, Hyun Woung Shin2, Richard Hanna3 and David C. Spafford4
1Chaminade University of
Honolulu, 3140 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI -? 96816, USA
(Received: December 05, 2007; Revised received: May 27, 2008; Accepted: May 29, 2008)
Abstract: A focus of community ecology is the spatial distribution of species assemblages and the interactions among species and abiotic features of the environment. While the ubiquity of species associations is apparent, it is less clear if interactions within a community impart an organizational structure to the community. Do settlement processes in early stages of community development contribute to later community structure? What are the interfacial forces that lead to recruitment and colonization of diverse substrata?? This review examines seagrasses as living substrates for epiphyte colonization and the surface interactions which may determine settlement success. These epiphytes include primary producers which contribute to biodiversity and are bioindicators of pollution/nutrient enrichment.
Key words: Epiphytes, Seagrass, Surface interactions
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