This study examines the effects of bottom-up (physical-chemical) and top-down (predation) factors on the phytoplankton functional groups in a eutrophic lake. The study revealed that the bottom-up effects of physical-chemical variables on some phytoplankton functional groups was stronger than the top-down effects of zooplankton. The study further showed that zooplankton functional groups were positively correlated with phytoplankton biomass implying that the top-down control of phytoplankton by the zooplankton in Lake Hulun is not strong enough to produce a negative effect. These finding serve as a basis for identifying how phytoplankton dynamics are influenced, which have implications for developing sustainable management strategies and conserving services of Lake Hulun and other eutrophic fresh water lakes.
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Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology
Volume 57 (2021) (open volume)
Our study on trait-environment relationship of co-occurring water beetles in anthropogenic ponds revealed that submerged vegetation, odonate nymphs, calcium hardness, salinity and chironomid larvae affected body size, swimming traits and functional feeding groups of the beetles in assemblages.
Impacts of phosphorus loads on the water quality and the proliferation of harmful cyanobacteria in Foum-Gleita Reservoir (Mauritania) 1
The exploitation of phosphate mines contributes to the eutrophication of the Foum-Gleita reservoir (Mauritania), leading to the appearance of cyanobacterial blooms. Microcystis aeruginosa and Dolichospermum flos-aquae are the two dominant species during the hot season (May to September), and only the microcystin-LR congener was detected for the first time in a freshwater ecosystem in Mauritania with a peak at 3.55 μg L−1.