Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 54, 2018
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Published online||13 March 2018|
Long-term effects of temperature and nutrient concentrations on the phytoplankton biomass in three lakes with differing trophic statuses on the Yungui Plateau, China
State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
430072, PR China
2 College of Fisheries, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007, PR China
3 Yunnan Key Laboratory of Pollution Process and Management of Plateau Lake-Watershed, Yunnan Institute of Environmental Science (Kunming China International Research Center for Plateau Lake), Kunming 650034, PR China
4 Taihu Laboratory for Lake Ecosystem Research, State Key Laboratory of Lake Science and Environment, Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, PR China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 28 November 2017
Long-term annual (1990–2010) monitoring data were analyzed to test the responses of phytoplankton biomass in three lakes in the Yungui Plateau, China, to increasing temperature and increasing nutrient concentrations. The three studied lakes (Lake Fuxian, Lake Erhai and Lake Dianchi) all exhibited significant increases in algal biomass from 1990 to 2010, with increases of 0.111 µg/L, 0.662 µg/L and 3.07 µg/L per year, respectively. The study also indicated that the relative influences of warming and nutrient concentrations on chlorophyll a concentration varied among the lakes and was dependent on trophic level and phytoplankton composition. In Lake Fuxian, the increase in algal biomass was correlated with the rapid growth of Mougeotia spp., and the total phosphorous concentration was the key factor driving this increase in algal biomass. In Lake Erhai, the dominant species shifted from Dolichospermum spp. to Microcystis spp. Additionally, the increase in algal biomass in Lake Erhai (involving mainly an increase in Microcystis spp.) was significantly associated with an increase in total nitrogen (TN) concentration. In Lake Dianchi, warming and increases in TN concentration were the strongest predictors of biomass change.
Key words: Phytoplankton ecology / warming / eutrophication / algal biomass increase
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