Changes In Submersed Macrophytes In Relation To Tidal Storm Surges

Mataraza, Laura K. and Terrell, J.B. and Munson, A.B. and Canfield, D. E., Jr. (1999) Changes In Submersed Macrophytes In Relation To Tidal Storm Surges. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management, 37, pp. 3-12.

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We analyzed long-term submersed macrophyte presence-absence data collected from 15 stations in Kings Bay/Crystal River, Florida in relation to three major storm events. The percent occurrence of most species declined immediately after storm events but the recovery pattern after the storm differed among species. Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata (L.F.) Royle)and Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum L.) exhibited differing recolonization behaviors. Eurasian watermilfoil recolonized quickly after storms but declined in abundance as hydrilla began to increase in abundance. Natural catastrophic events restructure submersed macrophyte communities by eliminating the dominate species, and allowing revegetation and restructuring of communities. Tidal surges may also act to maintain species diversity in the system. In addition, catastrophic events remove dense nuisance plant growth for several years, altering the public's perception of the nuisance plant problem of Kings Bay/Crystal River.

Item Type: Article
Title: Changes In Submersed Macrophytes In Relation To Tidal Storm Surges
Personal Creator/Author:
Mataraza, Laura K.
Terrell, J.B.
Munson, A.B.
Canfield, D. E., Jr.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Aquatic Plant Management
Volume: 37
Page Range: pp. 3-12
Date: 1999
Latitude: 28.8983
Longitude: -82.5983
Funders: Florida LAKEWATCH Program
Issuing Agency: Aquatic Plant Management Society, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crystal River, Florida; Kings Bay, Florida; hydrilla; Eurasian watermilfoil; lyngbya; coastal;
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 1737
Depositing User: Natalie Wiest
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 20:40
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 20:09

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