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Nutrient manipulation methods for coral reef studies: A critical review and experimental field data

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Title: Nutrient manipulation methods for coral reef studies: A critical review and experimental field data.
Name(s): Littler, Mark M., creator
Littler, Diane S., creator
Brooks, Barrett L., creator
Lapointe, Brian E., creator
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Extent: 13 p.
Physical Description: pdf
Language(s): English
Identifier: 2875927 (digitool), FADT2875927 (IID), fau:5592 (fedora), 10.1016/j.jembe.2006.05.014 (doi)
Note(s): The results reported in this paper demonstrate suboptimal experimental designs in some of the previously published manipulative methods and provide insights for the improvement of in-situ nutrient studies on coral reefs. Overgrown 0.5-liter porous clay-pot diffusers (“mini-reefs”—following a decade of recruitment, colonization and competition) were utilized to evaluate protocols for studies of controlled nutrient enrichment on coral reefs. A commonly used fertilizer, Tree Food Stakes resulted in detrimental 11-fold and 20-fold decreases of fleshy algae and calcareous coralline algae, respectively, relative to the Control treatments; while blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) became significantly (6 times) more abundant.
This is the author’s version of a work accepted for publication by Elsevier. Changes resulting from the publishing process, including peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting and other quality control mechanisms, may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. The definitive version has been published at and may be cited as: Littler, M.M., D.S. Littler, B.L. Brooks and B.E. Lapointe (2006) Nutrient manipulation methods for coral reef studies: a critical review and experimental field data. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 336:242-253 doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2006.05.014
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #1636.
Subject(s): Corals
Coral reefs and islands
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Host Institution: FAU