Competition between a plant and an algae

This week we have set up an experiment to assess whether the green algae Caulerpa prolifera severely compete with the marine phanerogam Cymodocea nodosa. It was an easy set –up: just removing all (100%) or a ca. half (50%) of Caulerpa within 1.5 x 1.5 plots that contain a mixed meadow of C. prolifera and C. nodosa. We expect to follow-up the experiment in the upcoming months. This action is included within a framework of research initiatives towards improving our understanding on the effect of several stressors over C. nodosa.

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