Littoral macrophyte-periphyton complexes in two Hungarian shallow waters

Magdolna K. Kiss, G. Lakatos, G. Borics, Zsolt Gidó, Csaba Deák

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Periphyton developing on the surfaces of emergent and submerged aquatic plants has a significant influence on water quality. The periphyton types that form on various plant species can be characterized by their mass values, the proportion of the present organic and inorganic fractions, as well as their chlorophyll-a contents. Studies on periphyton complexes constituting integrated biomonitoring systems are useful to gain essential long-term information about the performance of shallow water bodies. The filtering and settling effect of Phragmites and other aquatic plants, as well as their periphyton was examined and clearly observable in the water areas and non-flooded aquatic habitats belonging to the second phase of Kis-Balaton Protection System, as it was indicated by the mass values and ash contents. The periphyton forming on the aquatic vegetation that annually develops in Kisköre Reservoir and yields a considerable biomass has a critical part in influencing water quality. The only difference (p <0.05) was found in the ash content of the periphyton, being lower in Kis-Balaton (48.64 ± 2.29 S.E., %) and higher in Kisköre Reservoir (57.42 ± 2.54 S.E., %). This paper presents the dry mass of the periphyton, as well as its ash and chlorophyll-a content, and the results obtained on the composition of the alga species of the periphyton.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-548
Number of pages8
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume506-509
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2003

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Keywords

  • Macrophyte
  • Periphyton
  • Shallow waters
  • Water quality

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Littoral macrophyte-periphyton complexes in two Hungarian shallow waters. / Kiss, Magdolna K.; Lakatos, G.; Borics, G.; Gidó, Zsolt; Deák, Csaba.

In: Hydrobiologia, Vol. 506-509, 15.11.2003, p. 541-548.

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Kiss, Magdolna K. ; Lakatos, G. ; Borics, G. ; Gidó, Zsolt ; Deák, Csaba. / Littoral macrophyte-periphyton complexes in two Hungarian shallow waters. In: Hydrobiologia. 2003 ; Vol. 506-509. pp. 541-548.
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