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Project: Biotic interactions across size classes as structuring factors for marine benthic ecosystem functioning.

2011-01-01 – 2016-12-31


We will investigate how the activities of macrobenthic ecosystems engineers cascade in the creation of microhabitatiats, thereby structuring diversity an dcommunity composition of microbial communities. Focus will be on nitrifying and denitryfing bacteria and Archaea. At the same time, important ecosystem functions ill be measured in order to provide insights in the direct relations between macrobenthos -microbial communities - ecosystem functioning.