Aquatic food web research in mesocosms: a literature survey

  • Csenge Póda | podacsenge@gmail.com Evolutionary Systems Research Group; Balaton Limnological Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Tihany, Hungary.
  • Ferenc Jordán Evolutionary Systems Research Group; Balaton Limnological Institute, Centre for Ecological Research, Tihany, Hungary. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0224-6472

Abstract

Food web research feeds ecology with elementary theoretical concepts that need controlled experimental testing. Mesocosm facilities offer multiple ways to execute experimental food web research in a rigorous way. We performed a literature survey to overview food web research implementing the mesocosm approach. Our goal was to summarise quantitatively how the mesocosm approach has formerly been used and question how to best utilise mesocosms for the emerging topics in food web research in the future. We suggest increasing the number of replicates, extending the duration of the experiments, involving higher trophic levels and addressing the combined effects of multiple stressors.

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Published
2020-04-29
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Short Communication
Edited By
Andras Abonyi, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Institute of Ecology and Botany, Vácrátót, Hungary
Supporting Agencies
The National Research, Development and Innovation Office (Hungary)
Keywords:
food web, mesocosm, experimental design, freshwater, aquatic ecosystems
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Póda C, Jordán F. Aquatic food web research in mesocosms: a literature survey. J Limnol [Internet]. 2020Apr.29 [cited 2020May28];00. Available from: https://jlimnol.it/index.php/jlimnol/article/view/jlimnol.2020.1949