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Bioturbation activity was reduced in four plots on an intertidal mudflat in the Humber estuary (UK) during 4 days, by spraying the sediment with an insecticide, namely vydate. Macrofaunal, especially Nereis diversicolor and oligochaeta, and meiofaunal densities decreased, while the diatom biomass did not change. This resulted in a 300% increase in sediment stability, caused by a reduction in bioturbation and grazing pressure and a decrease in the water content [KEYWORDS: sediment stability, benthos, erosion, intertidal flats, Humber]
Original languageEnglish
Pages665-669
JournalEstuarine Coastal and Shelf Science
Journal publication date2001
Volume53
Issue5
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StatePublished
Peer-reviewedYes

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