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Abyssal food limitation, ecosystem structure and climate change.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18584909     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The abyssal seafloor covers more than 50% of the Earth and is postulated to be both a reservoir of biodiversity and a source of important ecosystem services. We show that ecosystem structure and function in the abyss are strongly modulated by the quantity and quality of detrital food material sinking from the surface ocean. Climate change and human activities (e.g. successful ocean fertilization) will alter patterns of sinking food flux to the deep ocean, substantially impacting the structure, function and biodiversity of abyssal ecosystems. Abyssal ecosystem response thus must be considered in assessments of the environmental impacts of global warming and ocean fertilization.
Craig R Smith; Fabio C De Leo; Angelo F Bernardino; Andrew K Sweetman; Pedro Martinez Arbizu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2008-06-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in ecology & evolution     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0169-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.)     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-18     Completed Date:  2009-01-05     Revised Date:  2011-05-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8805125     Medline TA:  Trends Ecol Evol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  518-28     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 1000 Pope Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Conservation of Natural Resources
Greenhouse Effect*
Oceans and Seas
Time Factors

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