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Plants in aquatic ecosystems: current trends and future directions

O'Hare, Matthew T.; Aguiar, Francisca C.; Asaeda, Takashi; Bakker, Elisabeth S.; Chambers, Patricia A.; Clayton , John S.; Elger, Arnaud; Ferreira, Teresa M.; Gross, Elisabeth M.; Gunn, Iain. D.M.; Gurnell, Angela M.; Hellsten, Seppo; Hofstra, Deborah E.; Li, Wei; Mohr, Silvia; Puijalon, Sara; Szoszkiewicz, Krzysztof; Willby, Nigel L.; Wood, Kevin A.. 2017 Plants in aquatic ecosystems: current trends and future directions. Hydrobiologia. 10.1007/s10750-017-3190-7

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Abstract/Summary

Aquatic plants fulfil a wide range of ecological roles, and make a substantial contribution to the structure, function and service provision of aquatic ecosystems. Given their well-documented importance in aquatic ecosystems, research into aquatic plants continues to blossom. The 14th International Symposium on Aquatic Plants, held in Edinburgh in September 2015, brought together 120 delegates from 28 countries and six continents. This special issue of Hydrobiologia includes a select number of papers on aspects of aquatic plants, covering a wide range of species, systems and issues. In this paper we present an overview of current trends and future directions in aquatic plant research in the early 21st century. Our understanding of aquatic plant biology, the range of scientific issues being addressed and the range of techniques available to researchers have all arguably never been greater; however, substantial challenges exist to the conservation and management of both aquatic plants and the ecosystems in which they are found. The range of countries and continents represented by conference delegates and authors of papers in the special issue illustrate the global relevance of aquatic plant research in the early 21st century but also the many challenges that this burgeoning scientific discipline must address.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s10750-017-3190-7
CEH Sections: Watt
ISSN: 0018-8158
Additional Keywords: angiosperms, botany, herbivory, limnology, macrophytes, submerged aquatic vegetation, trends in research
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Botany
Date made live: 24 Apr 2017 11:44 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/516912

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