, Volume 639, Issue 1, pp 261-269

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Phytoplankton in the physical environment: beyond nutrients, at the end, there is some light

  • Tamar ZoharyAffiliated withKinneret Limnological Laboratory, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Ltd Email author 
  • , Judit PadisákAffiliated withDepartment of Limnology, University of Pannonia
  • , Luigi Naselli-FloresAffiliated withDepartment of Botanical Sciences, University of Palermo

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This article summarizes the outcomes of the 15th Workshop of the International Association for Phytoplankton Taxonomy and Ecology. Four major issues dealing with the role of physical factors in phytoplankton ecology were addressed in the articles of this special volume: global change and its likely impacts on phytoplankton, the role of physical factors in the autecology of particular species, impacts on the inocula for the following years, and the role of light in shaping phytoplankton dynamics. Case studies from different types of aquatic environments (rivers, deep and shallow lakes, floodplain lakes, wetlands, oxbows, and even the deep ocean) and from diverse geographical locations (not only from the Mediterranean and temperate regions, but also from subtropical and tropical ones) have shown that physical forcing exerts a variety of selective pressures with impacts ranging from molding shape and size of organisms to modifying, through cascade effects, the structure of whole ecosystems.


Global changes Physical factors Inocula Light Hydrology Temperature