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Clam feeding plasticity reduces herbivore vulnerability to ocean warming and acidification

(2020) NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE. 10(2). p.162-166
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Ocean warming and acidification affect species populations, but how interactions within communities are affected and how this translates into ecosystem functioning and resilience remain poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that experimental ocean warming and acidification significantly alters the interaction network among porewater nutrients, primary producers, herbivores and burrowing invertebrates in a seafloor sediment community, and is linked to behavioural plasticity in the clam Scrobicularia plana. Warming and acidification induced a shift in the clam's feeding mode from predominantly suspension feeding under ambient conditions to deposit feeding with cascading effects on nutrient supply to primary producers. Surface-dwelling invertebrates were more tolerant to warming and acidification in the presence of S. plana, most probably due to the stimulatory effect of the clam on their microalgal food resources. This study demonstrates that predictions of population resilience to climate change require consideration of non-lethal effects such as behavioural changes of key species. Changes in ocean temperature and pH will impact on species, as well as impacting on community interactions. Here warming and acidification cause a clam species to change their feeding mode, with cascading effects for the marine sedimentary food web.
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Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Environmental Science (miscellaneous), NITRATE UPTAKE, COMMUNITY, RESPONSES, CARBON, DIVERSICOLOR, DYNAMICS, IMPACTS, BALANCE, OXYGEN

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Van Colen, Carl, et al. “Clam Feeding Plasticity Reduces Herbivore Vulnerability to Ocean Warming and Acidification.” NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE, vol. 10, no. 2, 2020, pp. 162–66.
APA
Van Colen, C., Ong, E. Z., Briffa, M., Wethey, D. S., Abatih, E., Moens, T., & Woodin, S. A. (2020). Clam feeding plasticity reduces herbivore vulnerability to ocean warming and acidification. NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE, 10(2), 162–166.
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Van Colen, Carl, Ee Zin Ong, Mark Briffa, David S. Wethey, Emmanuel Abatih, Tom Moens, and Sarah A. Woodin. 2020. “Clam Feeding Plasticity Reduces Herbivore Vulnerability to Ocean Warming and Acidification.” NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE 10 (2): 162–66.
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Van Colen, Carl, Ee Zin Ong, Mark Briffa, David S. Wethey, Emmanuel Abatih, Tom Moens, and Sarah A. Woodin. 2020. “Clam Feeding Plasticity Reduces Herbivore Vulnerability to Ocean Warming and Acidification.” NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE 10 (2): 162–166.
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Van Colen C, Ong EZ, Briffa M, Wethey DS, Abatih E, Moens T, et al. Clam feeding plasticity reduces herbivore vulnerability to ocean warming and acidification. NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE. 2020;10(2):162–6.
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C. Van Colen et al., “Clam feeding plasticity reduces herbivore vulnerability to ocean warming and acidification,” NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 162–166, 2020.
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  abstract     = {Ocean warming and acidification affect species populations, but how interactions within communities are affected and how this translates into ecosystem functioning and resilience remain poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that experimental ocean warming and acidification significantly alters the interaction network among porewater nutrients, primary producers, herbivores and burrowing invertebrates in a seafloor sediment community, and is linked to behavioural plasticity in the clam Scrobicularia plana. Warming and acidification induced a shift in the clam's feeding mode from predominantly suspension feeding under ambient conditions to deposit feeding with cascading effects on nutrient supply to primary producers. Surface-dwelling invertebrates were more tolerant to warming and acidification in the presence of S. plana, most probably due to the stimulatory effect of the clam on their microalgal food resources. This study demonstrates that predictions of population resilience to climate change require consideration of non-lethal effects such as behavioural changes of key species.

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  author       = {Van Colen, Carl and Ong, Ee Zin and Briffa, Mark and Wethey, David S. and Abatih, Emmanuel and Moens, Tom and Woodin, Sarah A.},
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  journal      = {NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE},
  keywords     = {Social Sciences (miscellaneous),Environmental Science (miscellaneous),NITRATE UPTAKE,COMMUNITY,RESPONSES,CARBON,DIVERSICOLOR,DYNAMICS,IMPACTS,BALANCE,OXYGEN},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {162--166},
  title        = {Clam feeding plasticity reduces herbivore vulnerability to ocean warming and acidification},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0679-2},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2020},
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