Aquatic food web research in mesocosms: a literature survey
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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