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Ecological responses of macro- and microphytic algae to water pollution

  • J. Simons
  • P. J. R. De Vries
Part of the Tasks for vegetation science book series (TAVS, volume 22)

Abstract

In The Netherlands there are many small freshwater habitats where non-planktonic algae represent an important and often dominating biotic community. In recent time extensive blanketing algal mats and closed layers of duckweeds have become very common due to increased contamination by agricultural wastewater and manuring of pastures. Prolific algal growth may outcompete the aquatic macrophytes by reducing irradiance (Phillips et al. 1978) and by directly hindering photosynthesis by increasing pH and reducing the CO2 content of the water (Simpson & Eaton 1986).

Keywords

Filamentous Alga Phosphorus Limitation Small Water Body Filamentous Green Alga Periphytic Alga 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Simons
    • 1
  • P. J. R. De Vries
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and EcotoxicologyVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Unie van WaterschappenThe HagueThe Netherlands

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