Due to the freely floating roots, an ideal habitat for microorganisms (such as zooplankton), insect larvae, and amphibians is developing even under the AquaFlora islands and also for fish and their brood. In addition, most of the wetland native plants have a cavity system (aerenchyma), which ensures oxygen transport and allows increased microbial activity in the root zone.
Baisic condition for this wildlife is is a food-chain starting from bacteria, microorganism and insects.
The decline in insects populations (and thus even more noticeable from birds) is now a recognized fact, but the effects are widely discussed. At this point, we do not want to analyze the causes, but show how AquaFlora islands provide simple and effective ways to create habitats.
Reeds are a habitat for highly productive plant communities. They are an indispensable food and habitat for many organisms. Water bodies provides often no natural shallow water zones where native wetland plants spread. To build new shallow water zones is often a disportionated constructive expense.
With floating elements you can create necessary and important habitats without a big effort. There are no structural interventions in the bank areas necessary; no areas must be purchased.
It can be an essential spot of the more complex network of nature. It provides stepping stones.
Here an example with a native wetland plant.
The dead biomass is decomposed by fungi and bacteria.
From these ones, feed invertebrate willow eaters and detritus eaters.
These are then food for predatory insects insect larvae, spider, crabs and snails etc.
Followed by omnivorous water birds.
And also mammals.
These are some of the basics for the processes that take place in the above ground reeds.
For that reason, we have developed specific plant compositions that are installed on our proven carrier system.
Our experience in the last years is that the plants on the floating systems flower more and longer than the corresponding plant species at the shoreline. May be this is due to the higher stress plants have by the climatic change.
AquaFlora floating wetlands are food and habitat for flowering plants and insects
These pictures show how complex the habitat of AquaFlora floating wetlands are above and under the water.
This structure is integrated into an environment that has an influence on these processes and that in turn is influenced.
A lot of questions stay open. For example, at what distance the individual stepping stones are for specific organisms in order to form a productive network.
Our floating wetlands can only be concerned with being able to offer a highly productive habitat with simple means.