Research Article

Central European Journal of Biology

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 177-187

The distribution and the abundance of hydrophytes along the Danube River in Serbia

  • Dragana VukovAffiliated withDepartment of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Novi Sad Email author 
  • , Pal BožaAffiliated withDepartment of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Novi Sad
  • , Ružica IgićAffiliated withDepartment of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Novi Sad
  • , Goran AnačkovAffiliated withDepartment of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Novi Sad

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Abstract

The Danube River runs through Serbia with flow 588 km long. Different hydrological, geological and ecological conditions occuring along the Danube in Serbia enables its division into four sections: The upper region, Đerdap I accumulation, Đerdap II accumulation, and the lower region. Each section is characterized by unique plant species diversity, frequency of occurrence and distribution pattern. The species diversity ranged from low in the upper reach, to high or very high in the impoundments and decreased in the lower reach. This paper provides a basis for a detailed study on the influence of large power plant impoundments over the aquatic vegetation of rivers.

Keywords

Aquatic vegetation Macrophytes Impoundments