Biotic interactions in turbid estuarine systems

Completed: January 1999 - December 2002

Study of the relative importance of primary production , bacterial production and detritus avection for the planktonic foodweb. Biotic interactions in the micro- and macrobenthic foodweb. Feeding behaviour of macrocrustacea, fish and birds.

This project aims to contribute to a better understanding of the structure and function of estuarine food webs by studying selected biotic interactions in the plankton and benthos of the schelde estuary (The Netherlands, Belgium). Objectives: (1) The study of the relative importance of primary production, bacterial bacterial production and detritus in the planctonic food web. (2) The study of important biotic interactions in the micro- and meiobenthic food web. (3) The study of the feeding ecology of higher trophic levels (fish, macrocrustacea and avifauna) and their impact on lower trophic levels.

The former Institute for Nature Conservation was a partner in this project

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