Enclosures study of trophic level interactions in the mesotrophic part of Lake Balaton

István Tátrai, László G.-Tóth, Vera Istvánovics, János Zlinszky

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Enclosures, open to the bottom sediments and to the atmosphere, containing about 17 m3 of lake water in the mesotrophic area of Lake Balaton, were used to elucidate the role of the benthivorous fish bream (Ambramis brama L.) in the lake during 1984-1986. Throughout the whole period water was less transparent in the enclosure containing fish, which strongly influenced the concentrations of suspended solids and chlorophyll a. Both phytoplankton biomass and production readily responded to nutrient increase in the enclosure with fish. In 1985 diatoms were replaced by cyanobacteria whereas in 1986, at a lower fish stocking, a shift in algal structure towards chlorophytes was observed. Egested organic substances and the resuspension of sediment particles by fish increased bacterial production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-313
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 1990


  • algae
  • bacteria
  • bream
  • chain effect
  • nutrient release

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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