Short-term changes and pilot-scale operations


, Volume 191, Issue 1, pp 249-254

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Stir-up effect of wind on a more-or-less stratified shallow lake phytoplankton community, Lake Balaton, Hungary

  • Judit PadisákAffiliated withBotanical Department of the Hungarian Natural History Museum
  • , László G.-TóthAffiliated withBalaton Limnological Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • , Miklós RajczyAffiliated withBotanical Department of the Hungarian Natural History Museum

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Microstratification of phytoplankton in the large shallow Lake Balaton (Hungary) was studied during a 24 h period. Dissolved O2 showed biological stratification; flagellates exhibited a definite circadian rhythm. In the middle of the investigation a heavy storm broke out which was followed by the disappearance of differences between different layers of water. Storm-induced destratification is described by cluster-analysis. Abundances of dominant species changed differently in connection with the storm. Numbers of Nitzschia sp. increased due to stirring up from the sediment surface. Numbers of single-celled or colony-forming species (Cyclotella comta, Crucigenia quadrata, Coelosphaerium kuetzingianum) practically did not change. Numbers of all the three dominant filamentous species (Aphanizomenon fos-aquae f. klebahnii, Lyngbya limnetica, Planctonema lauterbornii) significantly decreased, which might be attributed to an unknown loss process and was followed by a competitive displacement by algae of small cell size.

Key words

shallow lakes phytoplankton seasonal succession short-term changes mixing filamentous algae loss processes