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Biomechanical factors contributing to self-organization in seagrass landscapes

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Biomechanical factors contributing to self-organization in seagrass landscapes; 2007; Article; Journal; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology; Fonseca, M.S.; Koehl, M.A.R.; Kopp, B.S.

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Field observations have revealed that when water flow is consistently from one direction, seagrass shoots align in rows perpendicular to the primary axis of flow direction. In this study, live Zostera marina shoots were arranged either randomly or in rows perpendicular to the flow direction and tested in a seawater flume under unidirectional flow and waves to determine if shoot arrangement: a) influenced flow-induced force on individual shoots, b) differentially altered water flow through the canopy, and c) influenced light interception by the canopy. In addition, blade breaking strength was compared with flow-induced force to determine if changes in shoot arrangement might reduce the potential for damage to shoots. Under unidirectional [...]

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