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Facilitation of clear-water conditions in shallow lakes by macrophytes: differences between charophyte and angiosperm dominance
Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany .
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biology. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Leibniz Institute Freshwater Ecol and Inland Fisheries, Germany .
2014 (English)In: Hydrobiologia, ISSN 0018-8158, E-ISSN 1573-5117, Vol. 737, no 1, 99-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A number of mechanisms result in a feedback between water clarity and macrophytes and, consequently, the occurrence of alternative stable states in shallow lakes. We hypothesize that bottom-up mechanisms and interactions within the benthic food web are more important in a charophyte-dominated clear-water state, while top-down mechanism and interactions in the planktonic food web prevail at angiosperm dominance. Charophytes, which dominate at lower nutrient concentrations and develop higher densities than most angiosperms, can have a higher influence on sedimentation, resuspension, and water column nutrients. During dominance of dense submerged vegetation like charophytes, zooplankton can be hampered by low food quality and quantity and by high predation pressure from juvenile fish, which in turn are favoured by the high refuge potential of this vegetation. Grazing pressure from zooplankton on phytoplankton can therefore be low in charophytes, but the main feedback in angiosperm-dominated ecosystems. Charophytes offer a higher surface than most angiosperms to periphyton, which favors benthic invertebrates. These support macrophytes by grazing periphyton and constitute a central link in a trophic cascade from fish to periphyton and macrophytes. To test these hypotheses, more experiments and field measurements comparing the effect of charophytes and angiosperms on water clarity are needed.

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Springer Verlag (Germany) , 2014. Vol. 737, no 1, 99-110 p.
Keyword [en]
Alternative stable state; Angiosperms; Characeae; Macroinvertebrates; Shallow lakes; Zooplankton
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Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110468DOI: 10.1007/s10750-013-1687-2ISI: 000340479300010OAI: diva2:747220
Available from: 2014-09-16 Created: 2014-09-12 Last updated: 2014-09-16

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