Paddy and Water Environment

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 483–497 | Cite as

Effects of biocontrol with an atyid shrimp (Caridina denticulata) and a bagrid catfish (Pseudobagrus fulvidraco) on toxic cyanobacteria bloom (Microcystis aeruginosa) in a eutrophic agricultural reservoir

  • Min-Seob Kim
  • Yeonjung Lee
  • Seongjin Hong
  • Soon-Jin HwangEmail author
  • Baik-Ho Kim
  • Kwang-Guk An
  • Young-Seuk Park
  • Sang-Kyu Park
  • Han-Yong Um
  • Kyung-Hoon ShinEmail author


The biocontrol effects of Caridina denticulata, an atyid shrimp, on toxic cyanobacterial bloom (Microcystis aeruginosa) were evaluated in a mesocosm study with stable isotope tracers (13C and 15N) in a eutrophic agricultural reservoir. The accumulated assimilation (at.%) of M. aeruginosa into C. denticulata was increased, causing a significant reduction in the concentration of Chlorophyll-a. The ingestion rate of M. aeruginosa by C. denticulata was influenced by predation pressure exerted by bagrid catfish Pseudobagrus fulvidraco and was dependent on biomass ratio. C. denticulata affected zooplankton density, species composition, and ingestion rate, demonstrating that the number of small-sized cladocerans (Bosmina coregoni and Bosmina longispina) increased because they grazed M. aeruginosa for a food source. This study suggests that C. denticulata and P. fulvidraco can be feasible material to control a nuisance M. aeruginosa bloom in eutrophic agricultural reservoir.


Biocontrol Microcystis aeruginosa Nuisance bloom Caridina denticulata Pseudobagrus fulvidraco Stable isotope tracer Agricultural reservoir 



This study was supported by the project (No. 306009-03-2-CG000) of the Agricultural Technology Development Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Korea (Project Title: Development of a strategy for water quality management using biomanipulation (food chain) in agricultural reservoirs. 2006–2009).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min-Seob Kim
    • 1
  • Yeonjung Lee
    • 2
  • Seongjin Hong
    • 3
  • Soon-Jin Hwang
    • 4
    Email author
  • Baik-Ho Kim
    • 5
  • Kwang-Guk An
    • 6
  • Young-Seuk Park
    • 7
  • Sang-Kyu Park
    • 8
  • Han-Yong Um
    • 9
  • Kyung-Hoon Shin
    • 10
    Email author
  1. 1.Fundamental Environment Research Department, Environmental Measurement & Analysis CenterNational Institute of Environmental ResearchIncheonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Marine Ecosystem and Biological Research CenterKorea Institute of Ocean Science and TechnologyAnsanRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Ocean Environmental ScienceChungnam National UniversityDaejeonRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.Department of Environmental Health ScienceKonkuk UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Life ScienceHanyang UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Department of Bioscience and BiotechnologyChungnam UniversityDaejeonRepublic of Korea
  7. 7.Department of BiologyKyunghee UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  8. 8.Department of Biological ScienceAjou UniversitySuwonRepublic of Korea
  9. 9.Rural Research InstituteKorea Rural Community CorporationAnsanRepublic of Korea
  10. 10.Department of Environmental Marine Sciences and Convergent TechnologyHanyang UniversityAnsanRepublic of Korea

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