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Seagrasses: Advancing Mediterranean research from genes to seascapes

March 19, 2014

Seagrasses form some of the most productive ecosystems on earth (McRoy and McMillan, 1977) and are one of the most valuable habitats in tropical and temperate coastal areas, shaping coastal seascapes and providing essential ecological and economic services (Green and Short, 2003). They support important commercial fisheries, nutrient cycling, sediment stabilization and globally significant sequestration of carbon (Waycott et al., 2009 and references therein). A global decline of seagrasses has been largely documented over several decades (Short and Wyllie-Echeverria, 1996, Waycott et al., 2009 and Short et al., 2011), due to the ever growing impacts of coastal development and increasing demand for coastal and marine goods and services (UNEP/GPA, 2006 and Grech et al., 2012). As 30% of the Mediterranean coastline is populated today (counting 450 million people living and benefiting from the coastal environment), there are inevitable and often irreversible consequences on marine coastal ecosystems (Perkol-Finkel et al., 2012).

Di Carlo G, 2014: Seagrasses: Advancing Mediterranean research from genes to seascapes, Aquatic Botany, 115, 1-2, doi:http:10.1016/j.aquabot.2014.02.009. Article.

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