publication . Article . 2004

Responses of phytoplankton to fish predation and nutrient loading in shallow lakes: a pan-European mesocosm experiment

W. J. Van De Bund; Susana Romo; María-José Villena; M. Valentín; E. Van Donk; Eduardo Vicente; Kirsi Vakkilainen; Marie Svensson; D. Stephen; Annika Ståhl-Delbanco; ...
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  • Published: 23 Nov 2004
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract
1. The impacts of nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen) and planktivorous fish on phytoplankton composition and biomass were studied in six shallow, macrophyte-dominated lakes across Europe using mesocosm experiments. 2. Phytoplankton biomass was more influenced by nutrients than by densities of planktivorous fish. Nutrient addition resulted in increased algal biomass at all locations. In some experiments, a decrease was noted at the highest nutrient loadings, corresponding to added concentrations of 1 mg L1 P and 10 mg L1 N. 3. Chlorophyll a was a more precise parameter to quantify phytoplankton biomass than algal biovolume, with lower within-treatment variabilit...
Subjects
free text keywords: Ecology, Aquatic Science, Chlorophyll a, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Food web, Ecology, Nutrient, Plankton, Environmental chemistry, Phytoplankton, Hydrobiology, Biology, Mesocosm, Algae, biology.organism_classification
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