Community Recovery After Storm Damage: A Case of Facilitation in Primary Succession

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Science  22 Jun 1984:
Vol. 224, Issue 4655, pp. 1336-1338
DOI: 10.1126/science.224.4655.1336


Manipulations of early arriving, fast-growing algal stands, which appeared soon after a severe storm denuded a Southern California marine reef habiatat, indicated that the dense cover protected newly settled kelp plants from excessive damage by grazing fishes. This is an example of refuge facilitation in primary succession after a major natural disturbance, a mechanism that may contribute substantially to the regeneration of a kelp forest.