Phenology of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile: Medium and long-term cycles and climate inferences

TitlePhenology of the Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile: Medium and long-term cycles and climate inferences
Publication TypeArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsPeirano, Andrea, Cocito Silvia, Banfi Valeria, Cupido Roberta, Damasso Valentina, Farina Gianfranco, Lombardi Chiara, Mauro Roberta, Morri Carla, Roncarolo Ingrid, Saldana Sarahi, Savini Dario, Sgorbini Sergio, Silvestri Cecilia, Stoppelli Nicola, Torricelli Leonardo, and Bianchi Carlo Nike
JournalAQUATIC BOTANY
Volume94
Pagination77-92
Date PublishedFEB
ISSN03043770
Keywordsclimate, P. oceanica, phenology, Seagrasses
Abstract

The results of 15 years of monitoring of Posidonia oceanica in the ``Cinque Terre'' Marine Protected Area (NW Mediterranean) are presented. Seasonal data on meadow characteristics (cover and shoot density), plant phenology (leaf number, leaf length and width, leaf brown portion, undamaged leaves), lepidochronology, leaf epiphyte cover and herbivore pressure collected from three stations at 5, 10 and 17 m depth were compared. Time-series analyses showed both medium-term (5

DOI10.1016/j.aquabot.2010.11.007