, Volume 568, Issue 1, pp 489–492 | Cite as

Hydroponic versus rooted growth of Zostera marina L. (Eelgrass)

  • Patrick D. BiberEmail author
Primary Research Paper


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.


Eelgrass hydroponic seedling growth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Marine ScienceUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillMorehead CityUSA
  2. 2.Gulf Coast Research LaboratoryThe University of Southern MississippiOcean SpringsUSA

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