Ecosystem Function Measurement, Aquatic and Marine Communities

Donn K. Branstrator, John T. Lehman

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Investigations of ecosystem function in fresh and saltwater have been dominated by two major themes. The themes originate in two different ways of thinking about biological production. Biological processes can be regarded either as conduits for the flow of mass and energy across trophic levels or as the mechanisms by which individuals and populations maintain their existence. These processes include photosynthesis, mineral nutrient uptake, gathering of food and extracting nutrition and energy from it, as well as life history patterns, behavior, and survival strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128225622
ISBN (Print)9780323984348
StatePublished - Jan 1 2024

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  • Aquatic
  • Biological
  • Ecosystem
  • Instar analysis
  • Marine
  • New production
  • Primary production
  • Regenerated production
  • Saltwater and secondary production


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