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dc.contributor.authorScott, Abigail L
dc.contributor.authorYork, Paul H
dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Clare
dc.contributor.authorMacreadie, Peter I
dc.contributor.authorConnolly, Rod M
dc.contributor.authorEllis, Megan T
dc.contributor.authorJarvis, Jessie C
dc.contributor.authorJinks, Kristin I
dc.contributor.authorMarsh, Helene
dc.contributor.authorRasheed, Michael A
dc.date.accessioned2019-05-29T13:06:13Z
dc.date.available2019-05-29T13:06:13Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn1664-462X
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpls.2018.00127
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/380283
dc.description.abstractSeagrass meadows support key ecosystem services, via provision of food directly for herbivores, and indirectly to their predators. The importance of herbivores in seagrass meadows has been well-documented, but the links between food webs and ecosystem services in seagrass meadows have not previously been made explicit. Herbivores interact with ecosystem services – including carbon sequestration, cultural values, and coastal protection. Interactions can be positive or negative and depend on a range of factors including the herbivore identity and the grazing type and intensity. There can be unintended consequences from management actions based on a poor understanding of trade-offs that occur with complex seagrass-herbivore interactions. Tropical seagrass meadows support a diversity of grazers spanning the meso-, macro-, and megaherbivore scales. We present a conceptual model to describe how multiple ecosystem services are influenced by herbivore pressure in tropical seagrass meadows. Our model suggests that a balanced ecosystem, incorporating both seagrass and herbivore diversity, is likely to sustain the broadest range of ecosystem services. Our framework suggests the pathway to achieve desired ecosystem services outcomes requires knowledge on four key areas: (1) how size classes of herbivores interact to structure seagrass; (2) desired community and management values; (3) seagrass responses to top–down and bottom–up controls; (4) the pathway from intermediate to final ecosystem services and human benefits. We suggest research should be directed to these areas. Herbivory is a major structuring influence in tropical seagrass systems and needs to be considered for effective management of these critical habitats and their services.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherFrontiers Research Foundation
dc.publisher.placeSwitzerland
dc.relation.ispartofchapter127
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto10
dc.relation.ispartofjournalFrontiers in Plant Science
dc.relation.ispartofvolume9
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPlant Biology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPlant Biology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode060799
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode0607
dc.titleThe Role of Herbivory in Structuring Tropical Seagrass Ecosystem Service Delivery
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.description.versionPost-print
gro.rights.copyright© 2018 Scott, York, Duncan, Macreadie, Connolly, Ellis, Jarvis, Jinks, Marsh and Rasheed. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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gro.griffith.authorConnolly, Rod M.
gro.griffith.authorJinks, Kristin I.


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