Use and misuse in the application of the phytoplankton functional classification: a critical review with updates
- 2.4k Downloads
Since its publication, the article ‘Towards a functional classification of the freshwater phytoplankton’ (Reynolds et al., J Plankton Res 24: 417–428, 2002), has attracted the attention of dozens of phytoplankton ecologists worldwide. These numerous applications of the functional classification to describe phytoplankton patterns in various aquatic ecosystems allowed the recognition of some uncertain features of this concept originating from various reasons. In this article, we attempt to facilitate the application of the functional classification, by providing a detailed description of the typical misplacements and by modifying some of the original habitat templates and species allocations. Furthermore, we discuss in this review those coda that were additionally described after the publication of the original article, and attempt giving an overview, as complete as possible, of the state of art.
KeywordsFunctional groups Codon Phytoplankton Water Framework Directive
This work was supported by the Hungarian National Science Foundation (OTKA No. K 75552).
- Alves-de-Souza, C., M. Menezes & V. Huszar, 2006. Phytoplankton composition and functional groups in a tropical humic coastal lagoon, Brazil. Acta Botanica Brasliensis 20: 701–708.Google Scholar
- Borics, G., G. Várbíró, I. Grigorszky, E. Krasznai, S. Szabó & K. T. Kiss, 2007. A new evaluation technique of potamo-plankton for the assessemnt of the ecological status of rivers. Large Rivers, 17. Archiv für Hydrobiologie Supplement 161: 465–486.Google Scholar
- EC Parliament and Council, 2000. Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 2000/60/EC establishing a framework for community action in the field of water policy. European Commission PE-CONS 3639/1/100 Rev 1, Luxembourg.Google Scholar
- Kozhov, M., 1963. Lake Baikal and its Life. Dr. W. Junk Press, The Hague.Google Scholar
- Marinho, M. M. & V. L. M. Huszar, 2002. Nutrient availability and physical conditions as controlling factors of phytoplankton composition and biomass in a tropical reservoir (Southeastern Brazil). Archiv für Hydrobiologie 153: 443–468.Google Scholar
- Moura, A. N., M. C. Bittencourt-Oliveira, Ê. W. Dantas & J. D. Toledo Arruda Neto, 2007. Phytoplanktonic associations: A tool to understanding dominance events in a tropical Brazilian reservoir. Acta Botanica Brasiliensis 21: 641–648.Google Scholar
- Niesel, V. E. Hoehn, R. Sudbrack, H. Willmitzer & I. Chorus, 2007. The occurrence of the Dinophyte species Gymnodinium uberrimum and Peridinium willei in German reservoirs. Journal of Plankton Research 29: 347–357.Google Scholar
- Padisák, J., F. A. R. Barbosa, R. Koschel & L. Krienitz, 2003a. Deep layer cyanoprokaryota maxima are constitutional features of lakes: Examples from temperate and tropical regions. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Special Issues, Advances in Limnology 58: 175–199.Google Scholar
- Salmaso, N., 2002. Ecological patterns of phytoplankton assemblages in Lake Garda: Seasonal, spatial and historical features. Journal of Limnology 61: 95–115.Google Scholar
- Sarmento, H. & J.-P. Descy, 2008. Use of marker pigments and functional groups for assessing the status of phytoplankton assemblages in lakes. Journal of Applied Phycology. doi: 10.1007/s10811-007-9294-0.
- Scheffler, W. & J. Padisák, 2000. Stephanocostis chantaicus (Bacillariophyceae): Morphology and population dynamics of a rare centric diatom growing in winter under ice in the oligotrophic Lake Stechlin, Germany. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 98/Algological Studies 133: 49–69.Google Scholar
- Tilman, P., 1982. Resource Competition and Community Structure. Princeton University Press, Princeton.Google Scholar
- Zhang, X., P. Xie, F. Z. Chen, S. X. Li & J. H., 2007. Driving forces shaping phytoplankton assemblages in two subtropical plateau lakes with contrasting trophic status. Freshwater Biology 52: 1463–1475.Google Scholar