Hydroponic versus rooted growth of Zostera marina L. (Eelgrass)
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Seagrass fragments and seeds are important dispersal mechanisms by which individuals can be transported to new habitats. While dispersal distances of these free-floating stages have been recently investigated in some detail, almost nothing is known about how long fragments or seedlings may remain viable in the water-column. This study reports on the results of an experiment in which both mature and seedling life-history stages of the temperate seagrass, Zostera marina L. were successfully maintained hydroponically over a 1-month-period. It is suggested that a potential application of this hydroponic growth approach could be seedling culture for restoration activities.
KeywordsEelgrass hydroponic seedling growth
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