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Laboratory Experiments on Bivalve Excretion Rates of Nutrients


  1. Paolo Magni1,
  2. Shigeru Montani2

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.oc8

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How to Cite

Magni, P. and Montani, S. 2005. Laboratory Experiments on Bivalve Excretion Rates of Nutrients. Water Encyclopedia. 4:6–11.

Author Information

  1. 1

    IMC International Marine Centre, Torregrande-Oristano, Italy

  2. 2

    Hokkaido University, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005


Benthic nutrient regeneration may be referred to as a new availability to the water column of significant amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutrients, as a consequence of the metabolism of organic matter by the benthos. The processes of benthic nutrient regeneration in coastal marine systems are strongly influenced by the presence of abundant macrofauna. Correct evaluation of the biogenic flux of nutrients due to the excretory activity of infaunal species is therefore an important background of information to investigate the cycling of biophilic elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, and silicon).


  • bivalves;
  • Ruditapes philippinarum;
  • Musculista senhousia;
  • nutrients;
  • excretion;
  • experimental biology;
  • tidal flat