Seagrass-clam partnership enhances resilience of seagrass beds to drought

Today, our new paper on Drought, Mutualism Breakdown, and landscape-scale degradation of seagrass beds is published online in Current Biology!

In this paper, we show that drought, due to climate extremes can trigger landscape-scale seagrass degradation and consequent failure of the facultative feedback between seagrasses and lucinid clams can exacerbate collapse.┬áThe study was conducted in the vast intertidal seagrass beds of Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania (West-Africa).

This is the first study that shows how external disturbances may cause sudden breakdown of a facultative marine mutualism.

Read the paper here and on ScienceNews

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