Algal turf sediments on coral reefs: what's known and what's next

Tebbett, Sterling B., and Bellwood, David R. (2019) Algal turf sediments on coral reefs: what's known and what's next. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 149. 110542.

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Algal turfs are likely to rise in prominence on coral reefs in the Anthropocene. In these ecosystems the sediments bound within algal turfs will shape ecosystem functions and the services humanity can obtain from reefs. However, while interest is growing in the role of algal turf sediments, studies remain limited. In this review we provide an overview of our knowledge to-date concerning algal turf sediments on coral reefs. Specifically, we highlight what algal turf sediments are, their role in key ecosystem processes, the potential importance of algal turf sediments on Anthropocene reefs, and key knowledge gaps for future research. The evidence suggests that the management of algal turf sediments will be critically important if we are to sustain key functions and services on highly-altered, Anthropocene coral reef configurations.

Item ID: 61298
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3363
Keywords: Anthropocene coral reefs, Epilithic algal matrix, Ecosystem function, Herbivory, Productivity, Sediment
Copyright Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship
Projects and Grants: ARC DRB, Grant number: CE140100020
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2020 07:40
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410203 Ecosystem function @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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