Matveev, Vladimir and Matveeva, Lilian (1997) Comment: Food web interactions and biomanipulation in Australian reservoirs. Freshwater Forum, 8, pp. 65-68.
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The authors have been studying the control of phytoplankton biomass in several Australian reservoirs. To manipulate fish communities in order to reduce phytoplankton biomass, one needs a thorough understanding of processes in the plankton-associated food webs. In contrast to the situation found in lakes of the northern hemisphere, the planktivorous fish of Australian reservoirs are relatively small and they may deplete small rather than large zooplankters, so that animals as large as the adults of Daphnia carinata may avoid predation. This would result in promotion of Daphnia, particularly if fish eliminate its smaller competitors. The aim of biomanipulation should be the establishment and maintenance of a proper ratio of planktivores/piscivores, adequate for water quality requirements. Successful selection of the appropriate ratio for a given reservoir will depend on the extent of our understanding of its food web interactions. For practical application of biomanipulation in management, further development of the food web theory under Australian conditions is needed.
|Title:||Comment: Food web interactions and biomanipulation in Australian reservoirs|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Freshwater Forum|
|Page Range:||pp. 65-68|
|Issuing Agency:||Freshwater Biological Association|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Food chains; Reservoirs; Australia; food webs|
|Depositing User:||Hardy B Schwamm|
|Date Deposited:||25 Nov 2010 12:26|
|Last Modified:||29 Sep 2011 16:14|
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