Data from: High rates of carbon and dinitrogen fixation suggest a critical role of benthic pioneer communities in the energy and nutrient dynamics of coral reefs

Florian Roth, Denis Karcher, Nils Rädecker, Sönke Hohn, Susana Carvalho, Timothy Thomson, Franziska Saalmann, Christian R. Voolstra, Benjamin Kürten, Ulrich Struck, Burton Jones & Christian Wild
1. Following coral mortality in tropical reefs, pioneer communities dominated by filamentous and crustose algae efficiently colonize substrates previously occupied by coral tissue. This phenomenon is particularly common after mass coral mortality following prolonged bleaching events associated with marine heatwaves. 2. Pioneer communities play an important role for the biological succession and reorganization of reefs after disturbance. However, their significance for critical ecosystem functions previously mediated by corals, such as the efficient cycling of carbon...
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