Microorganisms of the East African Great Lakes and their response to environmental changes

Descy, J.-P. and Sarmento, H. (2008) Microorganisms of the East African Great Lakes and their response to environmental changes. Freshwater Reviews, 1(1), pp. 59-73. 10.1608/FRJ-1.1.4

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Abstract

We have reviewed the phytoplankton composition and succession in the East African Great Lakes, their response to environmental changes, and the communities of microorganisms of the microbial food web. Recent studies in some great lakes, as well as progress in understanding phytoplankton succession and response to environmental factors, enable us to update knowledge of the phytoplankton ecology of these lakes. In particular, we present information indicating that phytoplankton composition in lakes Tanganyika and Kivu may reflect recent changes as a result of global warming or species introduction. We also stress the importance of microbes (at the base of the food web) in these systems and suggest that the microbial food web, which has been mostly overlooked until recently, may play a very large role in determining productivity and nutrient cycling in these large lakes.

Item Type: Article
Title: Microorganisms of the East African Great Lakes and their response to environmental changes
Personal Creator/Author:
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Descy, J.-P.
Sarmento, H.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Reviews
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 59-73
Date: 2008
ISSN: 1755-084X
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biogeochemical cycle; Environmental conditions; Food webs; Global warming; Introduced species; Nutrient cycles; Phylogeny; Phytoplankton; Population dynamics; Tropical lakes; East Africa; Lake Kivu; Lake Tanganyika
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Environment
Limnology
Item ID: 5332
Depositing User: Mrs Christine Davey
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 12:08
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 15:04
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/5332

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