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  • S. Blanco
  • C. Cejudo-Figueiras
  • I. Álvarez-Blanco
  • E. Van Donk
  • E.M. Gross
  • L-A. Hansson
  • K. Irvine
  • E. Jeppesen
  • T. Kairesalo
  • B. Moss
  • T. Nõges
  • E. Bécares
European shallow lakes; epiphyton; Bacillariophyta; bioindication; eutrophication; total phosphorus Diatom-based assays have been successfully associated worldwide with the trophic 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-235
JournalClean - Soil, Air, Water
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Research areas

  • international

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