Heatwave induced invertebrate predation reshapes the plankton community

Nischal Devkota, Romana Salis & Lars-Anders Hansson
Climate change stressors including warming and heatwaves can alter zooplankton composition and dominance patterns in shallow lakes, which can disrupt ecosystem function and curtail ecosystem services. To understand such changes, we performed a mesocosm experiment with controls reflecting the present temperature conditions and a treatment reflecting a future climate change scenario, including heatwaves of 0-8°C. In the future climate scenario, the predatory invertebrate, Mesostoma exerted a strong top-down control particularly on Daphnia, resulting in a...
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