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Effects of Submerged Aquatic Macrophytes on Nutrient Dynamics, Sedimentation, and Resuspension

  • John W. Barko
  • William F. James
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 131)

Abstract

Accelerated eutrophication due to excessive nutrient (particularly P) loadings has led to great interest in the role of submerged macrophytes in the nutritional economy of freshwater aquatic systems. Submerged macrophytes are unique among rooted aquatic vegetation because they link the sediment with overlying water. This linkage is responsible for great complexities in nutrition and has important implications for nutrient cycling. Despite increased attention to vegetated shallow water systems within the past 20 years, no consensus exists on whether submerged macrophytes function as sources or sinks for particular nutrients. As a result, it has been necessary to evaluate quantitatively nutrient source-sink relationships, involving both soluble and particulate nutrient fractions.

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Accretion Rate Submerged Macrophyte Accretion Process Tuning Mechanism Diffusion Time Scale 
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