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The role of organisms in hyporheic processes : gaps in current knowledge, needs for future research and applications

Marmonier, Pierre and Archambaud, Gaït and Belaidi, Nouria and Bougon, Nolwenn and Breil, Pascal and Chauvet, Eric and Claret, Cécile and Cornut, Julien and Datry, Thibault and Dole-Olivier, Marie-José and Dumont, Bernard and Flipo, Nicolas and Foulquier, Arnaud and Gérino, Magali and Guilpart, Alexis and Julien, Frédéric and Maazouzi, Chafik and Martin, Delphine and Mermillod-Blondin, Florian and Montuelle, Bernard and Namour, Philippe and Navel, Simon and Ombredane, Dominique and Pelte, Thomas and Piscart, Christophe and Pusch, Martin and Stroffek, Stéphane and Robertson, Anne and Sanchez-Pérez, José-Miguel and Sauvage, Sabine and Taleb, Amina and Wantzen, Karl Matthias and Vervier, Philippe The role of organisms in hyporheic processes : gaps in current knowledge, needs for future research and applications. (2012) Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology, 48 (3). 253-266. ISSN 0003-4088

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/limn/2012009


Fifty years after the hyporheic zone was first defined (Orghidan, 1959), there are still gaps in the knowledge regarding the role of biodiversity in hyporheic processes. First, some methodological questions remained unanswered regarding the interactions between biodiversity and physical processes, both for the study of habitat characteristics and interactions at different scales. Furthermore, many questions remain to be addressed to help inform our understanding of invertebrate community dynamics, especially regarding the trophic niches of organisms, the functional groups present within sediment, and their temporal changes. Understanding microbial community dynamics would require investigations about their relationship with the physical characteristics of the sediment, their diversity, their relationship with metabolic pathways, their inter- actions with invertebrates, and their response to environmental stress. Another fundamental research question is that of the importance of the hyporheic zone in the global metabolism of the river, which must be explored in relation to organic matter recycling, the effects of disturbances, and the degradation of contaminants. Finally, the application of this knowledge requires the development of methods for the estimation of hydro- logical exchanges, especially for the management of sediment clogging, the optimization of self-purification, and the integration of climate change in environmental policies. The development of descriptors of hyporheic zone health and of new metrology is also crucial to include specific targets in water policies for the long-term management of the system and a clear evaluation of restoration strategies.

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Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Other partners > Agence de l'Eau en France (FRANCE)
Other partners > Agrocampus Ouest (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Other partners > Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei - IGB (GERMANY)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Roehampton University (UNITED KINGDOM)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Claude Bernard-Lyon I - UCBL (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen (ALGERIA)
Other partners > Acceptables Avenirs (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l’environnement et l’agriculture - CEMAGREF (FRANCE)
Other partners > Mines ParisTech (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Paul Cézanne - Aix-Marseille III (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Tours (FRANCE)
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