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COMPARISON OF ANNUAL PRODUCTION ECOLOGY OF NATIVE EELGRASS ZOSTERA MARINA AND THE NON-NATIVE DWARF EELGRASS Z. JAPONICA IN YAQUINA BAY, OREGON
Kaldy, J E. COMPARISON OF ANNUAL PRODUCTION ECOLOGY OF NATIVE EELGRASS ZOSTERA MARINA AND THE NON-NATIVE DWARF EELGRASS Z. JAPONICA IN YAQUINA BAY, OREGON. Presented at American Society of Limnology & Oceanography, Victoria, B.C., Canada, June 10-14, 2002.
When non-native plant species invade a system they often change patterns of primary production. I evaluate the contribution of the seagrass Zostera marina and it's non-native congener Z. japonica to primary production in Yaquina Bay. Few measurements of Z. japonica production exist in the literature and there are no comparative studies of annual production ecology. Biomass data from Yaquina Bay during summer 2001 suggests that although these seagrasses are morphologically distinct, they have similar standing stock between 190 and 230 gdw m-2. Additionally, leaf growth rates of Z. japonica (2.5-5.5 gdw m-2 d-1) are somewhat higher than Z. marina (1.5-3.5 gdw m-2 d-1). Consequently, on a per m2 basis, Z. japonica may contribute more fixed carbon to the system. However, because Z. japonica populations are small disjunct patches restricted to the upper intertidal margins, and Z. marina forms large meadows low in the intertidal, Z. marina probably contributes more carbon to the estuary.
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Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LABORATORY
WESTERN ECOLOGY DIVISION
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