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Functional consumers regulate the effect of availability of subsidy on trophic cascades in the Yellow River Delta, China
Yan, J.; Cui, B.; Huang, H.; O'Flynn, S.; Bai, J.; Ysebaert, T. (2019). Functional consumers regulate the effect of availability of subsidy on trophic cascades in the Yellow River Delta, China. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 140: 157-164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.01.045
In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Macmillan: London. ISSN 0025-326X, meer
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Author keywords
    Availability of leaf detritus; Recruitment; Foraging preference; Functional response; Macroinvertebrates; Resource retention

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  • Yan, J.
  • Cui, B.
  • Huang, H.
  • O'Flynn, S., meer
  • Bai, J.
  • Ysebaert, T., meer

Abstract
    Understanding the environmental context where heterogeneous ecological processes affect biotic interactions is a key aim of ecological research. However, mechanisms underlying spatial variation in trophic interactions linked to resource availability across ecosystem gradients remains unclear. We experimentally manipulated the interactive effects of predator fish and quantitative gradient of leaf detritus on macroinvertebrates and benthic algae. We found that non-linear changes in the strength of trophic cascades were strongly linked to the retention rates of experimental leaf detritus and also determined by predatory consumers. Retention rate of leaf detritus influenced the recruitment of predatory invertebrates and foraging preference of predators, accounting for largely the variations in shift of strengthening and weakening trophic cascades. Our results highlight the importance to identify joint processes of recruitment and foraging responses of functional consumer in understanding the impacts of both anthropogenic and natural alterations in subsidy on trophic interaction of coastal food webs.

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