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Freshwater Ecology and ConservationApproaches and Techniques$
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Jocelyne Hughes

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198766384

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198766384.001.0001

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Microorganisms 1

Microorganisms 1

Phytoplankton, attached algae, and biofilms

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Freshwater Ecology and Conservation

David C. Sigee

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives a broad overview of freshwater algae in standing (lentic) and flowing (lotic) waters, with information on their morphological and taxonomic diversity. Algal communities are considered in relation to phytoplankton, substrate-attached and biofilm organisms. Methods are given for their collection, sample processing, enumeration, and biomass estimation in different aquatic situations. The relevance of these algae to human activities is considered particularly in relation to eutrophication of standing waters and the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. Control strategies to limit the growth of colonial blue-green algae are discussed within the context of an integrated management policy

Keywords:   algae, phytoplankton, biofilm, taxonomy, enumeration, biomass, eutrophication, blooms, blue-greens, algal management

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