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Using long-term monitoring data to detect changes in macroinvertebrate species composition in the harbour of Ghent (Belgium)

Pieter Boets UGent, Koen Lock and Peter Goethals UGent (2011) COMMUNICATIONS IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. 76(1). p.147-150
abstract
The macroinvertebrate community of the harbour of Ghent was studied by analysing 135 samples taken at different locations from 1990 until 2008. The results showed that current Crustacea and Mollusca communities were mainly represented, in terms of abundances, by alien species. In total, seven alien and four indigenous crustacean species were found. Mollusc diversity was higher, with a total of 14 species, four of which were alien. Before 1993, no alien macroinvertebrates were present in the harbour of Ghent. Afterwards, the number of alien taxa increased, whereas the number of native taxa remained stable. Macroinvertebrate diversity was very low at the beginning of the 1990s, but increased due to the improvement of the chemical water quality achieved by sanitation and stricter environmental laws. This was reflected by an increase in dissolved oxygen and a decrease in nutrients, allowing more sensitive species to establish. Due to intensive international boat traffic, the brackish water conditions and the low species diversity, the harbour of Ghent is highly vulnerable for invasions. Stronger regulations and a better understanding of the contribution of shipping, shortcuts via artificial water ways, habitat degradation and environmental pollution are required to reduce the further spread of alien species.
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COMMUNICATIONS IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Comm. Agric. Appl. Biol. Sci.
volume
76
issue
1
pages
147 - 150
conference name
16th PhD symposium on Applied Biological Sciences
conference location
Ghent, Belgium
conference start
2010-12-20
conference end
2010-12-20
ISSN
1379-1176
language
English
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yes
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C1
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1115012
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1115012
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  abstract     = {The macroinvertebrate community of the harbour of Ghent was studied by analysing 135 samples taken at different locations from 1990 until 2008. The results showed that current Crustacea and Mollusca communities were mainly represented, in terms of abundances, by alien species. In total, seven alien and four indigenous crustacean species were found. Mollusc diversity was higher, with a total of 14 species, four of which were alien. Before 1993, no alien macroinvertebrates were present in the harbour of Ghent. Afterwards, the number of alien taxa increased, whereas the number of native taxa remained stable. Macroinvertebrate diversity was very low at the beginning of the 1990s, but increased due to the improvement of the chemical water quality achieved by sanitation and stricter environmental laws. This was reflected by an increase in dissolved oxygen and a decrease in nutrients, allowing more sensitive species to establish. Due to intensive international boat traffic, the brackish water conditions and the low species diversity, the harbour of Ghent is highly vulnerable for invasions. Stronger regulations and a better understanding of the contribution of shipping, shortcuts via artificial water ways, habitat degradation and environmental pollution are required to reduce the further spread of alien species.},
  author       = {Boets, Pieter and Lock, Koen and Goethals, Peter},
  booktitle    = {COMMUNICATIONS IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES},
  issn         = {1379-1176},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent, Belgium},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {147--150},
  title        = {Using long-term monitoring data to detect changes in macroinvertebrate species composition in the harbour of Ghent (Belgium)},
  volume       = {76},
  year         = {2011},
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Chicago
Boets, Pieter, Koen Lock, and Peter Goethals. 2011. “Using Long-term Monitoring Data to Detect Changes in Macroinvertebrate Species Composition in the Harbour of Ghent (Belgium).” In Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, 76:147–150.
APA
Boets, P., Lock, K., & Goethals, P. (2011). Using long-term monitoring data to detect changes in macroinvertebrate species composition in the harbour of Ghent (Belgium). COMMUNICATIONS IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Vol. 76, pp. 147–150). Presented at the 16th PhD symposium on Applied Biological Sciences.
Vancouver
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Boets P, Lock K, Goethals P. Using long-term monitoring data to detect changes in macroinvertebrate species composition in the harbour of Ghent (Belgium). COMMUNICATIONS IN AGRICULTURAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. 2011. p. 147–50.
MLA
Boets, Pieter, Koen Lock, and Peter Goethals. “Using Long-term Monitoring Data to Detect Changes in Macroinvertebrate Species Composition in the Harbour of Ghent (Belgium).” Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences. Vol. 76. 2011. 147–150. Print.