Phosphorus pp 57-68 | Cite as

Eutrophication

  • Mikhail Butusov
  • Arne Jernelöv
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL, volume 9)

Abstract

Phosphorus as phosphate is as important for aquatic plants as it is for crops on land, and very often it is also the limiting nutrient. For algal plankton productivity, it can almost be said that it is the limiting factor, as we mostly do not care too much about what type of plankton carries out photosynthesis and carbon fixation. Should nitrogen as nitrate or ammonia be in short supply, while phosphate is relatively abundant, blue-green algae with nitrogen fixation ability will quickly form a large part of the algal community and secure biomass production until phosphate becomes limiting.

Keywords

Phosphorus Phytoplankton Photosynthesis Sewage Stratification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikhail Butusov
    • 1
  • Arne Jernelöv
    • 2
  1. 1.The International Center for Advanced and Comparative EU-Russia ResearchViennaAustria
  2. 2.Institute for Futures StudiesStockholmSweden

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