Responses of phyto- and zooplankton to liming in a small acidified humic lake
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- Järvinen, M., Kuoppamäki, K. & Rask, M. Water Air Soil Pollut (1995) 85: 943. doi:10.1007/BF00476951
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Liming resulted in an immediate and transitory decrease of plankton biomass and phytoplankton primary production in the limed part of an acidified humic lake. In the longer term liming has changed species composition and dominance of phyto- and zooplankton. Due to increased transparency and improved oxygen conditions plankton biomass peaked deeper in the water column after liming. During the three years post-liming period phyto- and zooplankton communities have changed less than reported in several other studies. This is largely because liming was carried out well before the collapse of perch population, which has controlled zooplankton both in the pre- and post-treatment period.