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Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, Filippo Ferrario, Valentina Nicotera and Laura Airoldi Conservation challenges in urban seascapes: promoting the growth of threatened species on coastal infrastructures Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Article first published online: 4 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02204.x

Coastal and marine infrastructures can be harnessed to enhance desired species (such as threatened canopy-forming algae). A comprehensive understanding of the ecological functioning of these urban seascapes compared to natural habitats is required to minimize detrimental impacts, or potentially increase the ecological value, of coastal structures and efficiently incorporate such strategies into management and conservation actions. We investigated the influence of habitat type (including natural and artificial), surface complexity, herbivore exclusion, proximity to established populations and orientation on the transplantation success of threatened algae.

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