Seagrass responses to interacting abiotic stresses

Environmental stress such as low and high levels of nutrition, high hydrodynamics and light deprivation can cause seagrass to experience stress and even break. Yayu Anugrah La Nafie defends her thesis "Seagrass responses to interacting abiotic stresses" March 8 in Nijmegen.

[Translate to english:] Zeegras. Foto: beeldbank RWS.

To avoid breaking, seagrass has several strategies to counterbalance the stresses they experience by having both morphological and mechanical plasticity. Furthermore, seagrass exhibits particular specificities between species. The results of this thesis provide a better understanding of the complexity of seagrass responses to interacting abiotic stresses.

Yayu Anugrah La Nafie (Indonesia) studied Marine Science at Hasanuddin University in Indonesia and Coastal Resource Management in Australia. In 2008, she started her PhD project on Seagrass responses to interacting abiotic stresses at Radboud University. This project was funded by the Indonesian Ministry of National Education. At the moment, La Nafie is working to share the knowledge she has acquired with her community as a member of the teaching staff of Hasanuddin University.

The thesis Seagrass responses to interacting abiotic stresses will be added to the overview of Wadden related theses.