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Long-term dynamic patterns and diversity of phytoplankton communities in a large eutrophic river (the case of River Danube, Hungary)

Hufnagel, Levente and Kiss, Keve Tihamér and Sipkay, Csaba and Gimesi , László and Vadadi Fülöp, Cs. and Türei, Dénes (2010) Long-term dynamic patterns and diversity of phytoplankton communities in a large eutrophic river (the case of River Danube, Hungary). Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 8 (4). pp. 329-349.

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Abstract

In this paper we present the composition, seasonal dynamics and fluctuations in diversity of the phytoplankton in the Danube River over 24 years. Weekly samplings were conducted at one section of the river at Göd, in the 1669 river kilometer segment. The change in the phytoplankton community structure was analyzed in relation of water temperature and discharge means. Our findings support the opinion that the Danube is very rich in species, although many of the species are rare and could be described only as coloring species. Results indicate trends in the phytoplankton abundance, which are only detectable in long-term studies. By the help of diversity indices we have observed an increase in the phytoplankton community diversity. With the relevant information, an explanation of the significant changes in diversity and richness was formed. Our goals were a construction of a solid database of the phytoplankton, examining the seasonal dynamics of the phytoplankton through a 24 year long study and to see the most important changing factors of the community. The results of this study are to assist and help future model developments to predict the phytoplankton seasonal dynamic patterns.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:river phytoplankton, LTER, diversity, multivariate analysis
Subjects:Ecology
Funders:“Bolyai János” Research Fellowship, MTA-TKI “Adaptation to Climate Change” Research Group, Corvinus University of Budapest
Projects:Klíma KKT “Jedlik Ányos” project
ID Code:1467
Deposited By: Z. S.
Deposited On:05 Mar 2014 10:54
Last Modified:05 Mar 2014 10:54

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