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Folia Geobotanica et Phytotaxonomica

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 315–320 | Cite as

Epiphyte shading: Its role in resulting depth distribution of submerged aquatic macrophytes

  • Kaj Sand-Jensen
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Abstract

The biomass of epiphytic algae increased more than the biomass of phytoplankton with increased nutrient availability (N, P, Si) in four lakes. Large epiphyte biomasses on the submerged macrophyte,Littorella uniflora, reduce light attenuation more than phytoplankton did. High values of shading by epiphytes correspond with a reduction in the maximum depth penetration ofLittorella by more than 1 meter.

Keywords

Epiphytic algae Phytoplankton Littorella uniflora Nutrient loading in lakes 

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© Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaj Sand-Jensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Freshwater, Biological LaboratoryUniversity of CopenhagenHillerødDenmark

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