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Epiphytic Diatoms along Environmental Gradients in Western European Shallow Lakes

  • Saul Blanco
  • Cristina Cejudo-Figueiras
  • Irene Alvarez-Blanco
  • Ellen van Donk
  • Elisabeth M. Gross
  • Lars-Anders Hansson
  • Kenneth Irvine
  • Erik Jeppesen
  • Timo Kairesalo
  • Brian Moss
  • Tiina Noges
  • Eloy Becares
Publishing year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 229-235
Publication/Series: Clean - Soil, Air, Water
Volume: 42
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

Diatom-based assays have been successfully associated worldwide with the tropic status of lakes. Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between epiphytic diatoms and nutrient load in shallow lakes and wetlands. We examine the relative importance of environmental factors in explaining the structure of epiphytic diatom communities in a set of Western European shallow lakes. The effects of lake physical/chemical, morphometric, and geographical variables on diatom assemblages were tested using distance-based, canonical correspondence and regression analyses. Our results show that epiphytic diatom communities respond, mainly to physical/chemical variables, overriding the effects of lake depth, size, and location. The clustering of studied systems based along a total phosphorus concentration gradient concurs with previous classification of diatom taxa and nutrient state. Assessment of epiphytic diatoms provided a potential method for shallow lake classification.


  • Ecology
  • Bacillariophyta
  • Bioindication
  • European shallow lakes
  • Eutrophication
  • Total phosphorus


  • BECC
  • ISSN: 1863-0650
Lars-Anders Hansson
E-mail: lars-anders [dot] hansson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


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