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Seaweed detritus

Seaweed carbon

Seaweed beds in Scotland are areas of high productivity and provide a large number of ecosystem services. While carbon storage within seaweed beds is minimal, the potential for long-term carbon storage comes from the production of seaweed detritus. This project aims to monitor and estimate detrital production in Scotland, produce decomposition rates for important species in Scotland and use biomarkers to estimate sediment contribution from seaweed. Overall, the project seeks to better understand the role that seaweed plays in long term carbon storage.


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