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micropal Foraminifera, seagrass and nutrients

Melissa Lobegeier Melissa.Lobegeier at jcu.edu.au
Wed Nov 22 10:20:29 EST 2000


I'm working on foraminiferal epiphytes living on seagrass and
macroalgae on the Great Barrier Reef and I'm wondering if anyone 
have any information on either of the following: 1.  I have read that
increased nutrients can lead to an increase in epiphytisation of
seagrasses.  At Green Island (my field area) increased levels of
nutrients have been suggested as the cause for the increased
distribution and biomass of the seagrass beds.  Do increased 
levels have any effect on the foraminiferal epiphytes? 2.  Can
seagrasses or macroalgae control the foraminiferal epiphytic
populations through chemical (such as phenolic acids) or other 

Melissa Lobegeier
School of Earth Sciences
James Cook University
Townsville   4811
Phone: (07) 4781 4897
Fax: (07) 4725 1501
Email: Melissa.Lobegeier at jcu.edu.au

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