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Production of Pondweeds (Potamogeton, Stuckenia, Potamogetonaceae) in Rivers in the North of European Russia

Abstract

For the first time, summarized data on the production of nine species and ten hybrids of pondweed (Potamogeton, Stuckenia, Potamogetonaceae) are given for ecosystems of small and medium rivers in the north of European Russia. The pondweed is shown to be an important producer of primary organic matter. A significant contribution to primary production in rivers in the region is due to large-size pondweeds and their hybrids, which form dense monodominant stands: P. lucens, P. natans, P. perfoliatus, P. × angustifolius, P. × nitens, P. × salicifolius, P. × sparganiifolius. The production characteristics for the widespread species (P. lucens, P. natans, P. perfoliatus) in the rivers of the region are more than 1.5 times greater than those in reservoirs. Most pondweed species and hybrids show medium productivity and produce <1 kg/m2 organic matter per year, and only P. lucens, P. × vepsicus, S. × fennicа are classifed as having a high productivity.

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This study was carried out under program I.21P “Biodiversity of Natural Systems. Biological Resources of Russia: Assessment of the State and the Basic Principles of Monitoring,” state assignment (theme no. АААА-А18-118012690095-4), and was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Reserarch (project no. 19-04-01090-а).

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Chemeris, E.V., Bobrov, A.A. Production of Pondweeds (Potamogeton, Stuckenia, Potamogetonaceae) in Rivers in the North of European Russia . Water Resour 47, 171–177 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0097807820010194

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Keywords:

  • Potamogeton
  • Stuckenia
  • production
  • rivers
  • north of European Russia