Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Research article
15 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 15 Jun 2016

Long-term macrobioerosion in the Mediterranean Sea assessed by micro-computed tomography

Claudia Färber, Jürgen Titschack, Christine Hanna Lydia Schönberg, Karsten Ehrig, Karin Boos, Daniel Baum, Bernhard Illerhaus, Ulla Asgaard, Richard Granville Bromley, André Freiwald, and Max Wisshak


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (03 May 2016) by Hiroshi Kitazato
AR by Claudia Färber on behalf of the Authors (06 May 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (15 May 2016) by Hiroshi Kitazato
Short summary
In this study we present results from the first long-term bioerosion experiment (1–14 years of exposure) outside the tropical realm. A novel micro-CT approach was used to visualise and to quantify the development of macrobioerosion traces. After 14 years, 30 % of the original substrate volume was excavated chiefly by sponges. High spatio-temporal variability prohibited clear conclusions about the onset of macrobioerosion equilibrium conditions, calling for further long-term experiments.
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