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Tropical seagrasses manipulate sediment biogeochemistry to thrive in low nutrient environments

Seagrasses are marine flowering plants that thrive in shallow coastal environments, where they provide multiple important ecosystem services such as enhancing marine biodiversity, increasing water quality, providing shelter and food to numerous juvenile marine fish and crustaceans, and by mitigating climate change due to their extraordinarily high carbon burial capacity. However, seagrass meadows are currently disappearing globally at alarming rates mainly as a result of human activity, including coastal development, anchoring of boats and harbour dredging.