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New paper in the journal Biological Invasions: MBA researchers look at biodiversity implications of the invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida.


The non-native kelp, Undaria pinnatifida (Wakame) on a Plymouth pontoon. Image Keith Hiscock.

Kelp forests dominate temperate and polar rocky coastlines and represent critical marine habitats because they support elevated rates of primary and secondary production and high biodiversity. A major threat to the stability of these ecosystems is the proliferation of non-native species …

A new paper in the journal Biological Invasions examines the biogenic habitat structure and epibiotic assemblages associated with the non-native kelp Undaria pinnatifida (‘Wakame’) in comparison with native kelps.

See also the Marine Ecosystems and Global Change pages of the MBA website.