Articles | Volume 17, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 17, 5489–5511, 2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 5489–5511, 2020

Research article 14 Nov 2020

Research article | 14 Nov 2020

The effects of decomposing invasive jellyfish on biogeochemical fluxes and microbial dynamics in an ultra-oligotrophic sea

Tamar Guy-Haim et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (24 Aug 2020) by Stefano Ciavatta
AR by Lorena Grabowski on behalf of the Authors (07 Sep 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Sep 2020) by Stefano Ciavatta
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (05 Oct 2020)
ED: Publish as is (06 Oct 2020) by Stefano Ciavatta
Short summary
The availability of nutrients in oligotrophic marine ecosystems is limited. Following jellyfish blooms, large die-off events result in the release of high amounts of nutrients to the water column and sediment. Our study assessed the decomposition effects of an infamous invasive jellyfish in the ultra-oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean Sea. We found that jellyfish decomposition favored heterotrophic bacteria and altered biogeochemical fluxes, further impoverishing this nutrient-poor ecosystem.
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