Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 57–62 | Cite as

Use of phytoperiphyton to assess water quality in north–western Russian rivers

  • Sergey Komulaynen


North-west Russia, located between Ladoga and Onega Lakes and theBarents Sea, is remarkable for its high hydrological differentiation andabundance of water. The rivers and their tributaries are largely natural incharacter and with little disturbance by human activity. However, the situationis starting to change, so a biomonitoring approach has been developed to assessthe influence of land-use patterns on the structure of periphyton in thisregion. The periphyton communities in relatively pristine streams and in onesinfluenced by domestic sewage, agricultural, fish breeding farms, mineralisedmining mill wastes and other sources were analyzed in terms of speciesrichness,species diversity, species ecology values, biomass and chlorophyllconcentration.

Monitoring North-western Russia Phytoperiphyton Rivers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergey Komulaynen
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  1. 1.Institute of BiologyKarelian Research Centre RASPetrozavodskRussia

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