The ecology of phytoplankton in Shropshire and Cheshire meres

Reynolds, C.S. (1976) The ecology of phytoplankton in Shropshire and Cheshire meres. In: Forty-fourth annual report for the year ended 31st March 1976. Ambleside, UK, Freshwater Biological Association, (Annual Report, Freshwater Biological Association, Ambleside)

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Abstract

This review summarizes the findings of 5 years' research (June 1970-June 1975) on the meres of the Shropshire-Cheshire Plain. A mere is a small, shallow lake; supplied principally by ground water, whose chemical composition is infkuenced by the glacial frift through which it is percolating. The seasonal periodicity of the phytoplankton in the meres involved work mainly in the Grose Mere. Here diatoms were typically dominant in Feb & March, green algae in April & May, blue-green algae in early summer and dinoflagellates in late summer. This pattern is broadly similar from year to year, and has been suggested to be representative of a 'regional type'; it is also similar to that described for many of the world's mildly eutrophic temperate lakes. Vertical distribution of phytoplankton is influenced by their buoyancy (or lack of it) of by their ability to swim. A stylized depth-time distribution of 4 major phytoplankton components in Crose Mere is given diagrammatically.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: The ecology of phytoplankton in Shropshire and Cheshire meres
Personal Creator/Author:
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Reynolds, C.S.
Title of Book: Forty-fourth annual report for the year ended 31st March 1976
Refereed: No
Series Name: Annual Report, Freshwater Biological Association, Ambleside
Date: 1976
Publisher: Freshwater Biological Association
Place of Publication: Ambleside, UK
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Freshwater ecology, phytoplankton, England, Cheshire, Shropshire, Annual Report
Subjects: Ecology
Environment
Limnology
Item ID: 5159
Depositing User: Mrs Christine Davey
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 17:19
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:19
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5159

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