This technical platform includes 16 "artificial lakes" of 750 m3, equipped with automatic instrumentation, allowing researchers to work in conditions very close to nature. Each lake is equipped with a device for continuous measurement of physico-chemical parameters in the water column (oxygen, temperature, pH, chlorophyll a total) and is characterized by the presence of 2 shallow coastal areas implanted with macrophytes. Aquatic macrocosms are capable of hosting top-of-chain species for long periods of time, have realistic food webs, and are characterized by a spatial complexity close to that of natural ecosystems. Unique in the world, they make it possible to address issues that have not been addressed experimentally: couplings, complementarities, transfers between pelagic, coastal and benthic areas; or those related to the dynamics and complexity of animal communities at the top of the chain.
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