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Balancing nature between brackish and fresh

Salinization is an increasing problem for agricultural crops and inland vegetation, for instance in delta areas and regions with a high groundwater level. Driven by various abiotic and biotic factors the ground and surface water is salinizing leading to increasing salt concentrations in the root zone of terrestrial plant communities. During this project we aim to understand the effects of this salinity stress on Dutch floating fen plant communities. A very species rich ecosystems consisting mostly of salt sensitive plant species. We want to link the ground and surface water salt concentrations to root zone salt bioavailability and the subsequent effects on plant performance and community structure & functioning. Through integration of field and laboratory data in a vegetation model we aim to better assess community characteristics under future increasing salinization and predicted climate change scenarios. Additionally, we want to create an accessible tool that can be used in adaptive water management practices.

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soil arthropods Agriculture & Biology
arthropod communities Agriculture & Biology
interspecific variation Earth & Environmental Sciences
intraspecific variation Earth & Environmental Sciences
heat tolerance Agriculture & Biology
salt concentration Agriculture & Biology
arthropod Earth & Environmental Sciences
trophic level Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2018 2018

Heated communities: large inter- and intraspecific variation in heat tolerance across trophic levels of a soil arthropod community

Franken, O., Huizinga, M., Ellers, J. & Berg, M. P., Feb 2018, In : Oecologia. 186, 2, p. 311–322

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soil arthropods
arthropod communities
interspecific variation
intraspecific variation
heat tolerance