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dc.contributor.authorAzzopardi, Marthese-
dc.contributor.authorSchembri, Patrick J.-
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-09T06:14:32Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-09T06:14:32Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.citationAzzopardi, M., & Schembri, P. J. (2010). Can functional groups be used to discriminate between sites along a water quality gradient in Maltese coastal waters?. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 19(10), 2392-2395.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn10184619-
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/21085-
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates whether macroalgal functional groups can be used to distinguish between rocky shores subject to different degrees of anthropogenic stress. Macroalgae from seven sites situated along the rocky upper infralittoral (0-50 cm depth) of Malta and Gozo were seasonally sampled in 2003 and 2004. A total of 86 macroalgal species belonging to the following functional types were found: 6 articulated, 23 corticated-terete, 6 crustose, 35 filamentous and 16 foliose. The ANOSIM procedure applied to the percentage cover of each functional group detected significant differences between years, sites and seasons. The SIMPER procedure showed that the functional groups foliose, crustose and corticated-terete mostly contributed to determine the observed patterns in hierarchical groupaverage linkage cluster analysis and nMDS ordination. On the basis of the multivariate analyses made, it may be concluded that functional groups discriminated among sites.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherParlar Scientific Publicationsen_GB
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen_GB
dc.subjectWater quality -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectIndicators (Biology) -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectLichen communities -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectMarine algae -- Maltaen_GB
dc.subjectCoasts -- Maltaen_GB
dc.titleCan functional groups be used to discriminate between sites along a water quality gradient in Maltese coastal waters?en_GB
dc.typearticleen_GB
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dc.description.reviewedpeer-revieweden_GB
dc.publication.titleFresenius Environmental Bulletinen_GB
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