About this Research Topic
In this Research Topic we seek to build a collection of articles addressing how aquatic plants respond to their physical and biological environment and the factors influencing their loss and recovery. This includes focus on how top-down and bottom up processes interact to control aquatic plant communities. This is particularly with respect to biodiversity-ecosystem functioning and what aspects and traits of the communities facilitate ecosystem resilience and how these changes influence ecosystem service delivery (e.g. Blue Carbon, fisheries productivity).
This research topic will include submissions on reproduction, connectivity and dispersal with respect to their implications for conservation biology. It will also include submissions on the floral-faunal interactions. We also welcome submissions that relate to indicators and thresholds relevant to ecological assessment and conservation management of these systems. Importantly, aquatic plants are part of linked social-ecological systems and as such their conservation management is as much about understanding human-environment relationships. We therefore encourage interdisciplinary submissions at the edges of conservation biology and socio-economics.
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.