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Restoration efforts of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica: a collated evidence review dataset

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Pansini, Arianna et al. (2022). Restoration efforts of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica: a collated evidence review dataset [Dataset]. Dryad.


Seagrass meadows are important shallow coastal ecosystems due to their contribution to enhancing biodiversity, nutrient cycling, carbon burial, and sediment stabilisation, but the maintenance of their integrity has been threatened by several anthropogenic disturbances. Active restoration is considered a reliable strategy to enhance recovery of seagrass ecosystems, and decision making for correct seagrass restoration management requires relying on valuable information regarding the effectiveness of past restoration actions and experimental efforts. Previous experimental efforts and human-mediated active restoration actions of the slow growing seagrass Posidonia oceanica have been collated here by combining a literature systematic review and questionnaires consulting seagrass ecology experts. Overall, the poor consistency of the available information on P. oceanica restoration may be due to the wide portfolio of practices and methodologies used in different conditions, that supports the need of further field manipulative experiments in various environmental contexts to fill the identified knowledge gaps. The current situation requires an international, collaborative effort from scientists and stakeholders to jointly design the future strategy forward in identifying the best practices that lead to efficient restorations of P. oceanica habitat and functioning.


The file contains all the information extracted from the literature review (published papers, ‘grey’ literature and expert information) for collating evidence of restoration efforts of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica.


Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, Award: MHHWBN