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Title: Plankton biodiversity along a gradient of productivity and its mediation by macrophytes
Authors: Declerck, Steven ×
Vanderstukken, Maarten
Pals, Annemie
Muylaert, Koenraad
De Meester, Luc #
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Publisher: Ecological soc amer
Series Title: Ecology vol:88 issue:9 pages:2199-2210
Abstract: We studied the effect of aquatic vegetation on the process of species sorting and community assembly of three functional groups of plankton organisms (phytoplankton, seston-feeding zooplankton, and substrate-dwelling zooplankton) along a primary productivity gradient. We performed an outdoor cattle tank experiment (n = 60) making an orthogonal combination of a primary productivity gradient (four nutrient addition levels: 0, 10, 100, and 1000 mu g P/L; N/P ratio: 16) with a vegetation gradient (no macrophytes, artificial macrophytes, and real Elodea nuttallii). We used artificial plants to evaluate the mere effects of plant physical structure independently from other plant effects, such as competition for nutrients or allelopathy. The tanks were inoculated with species-rich mixtures of phytoplankton and zooplankton.
ISSN: 0012-9658
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
Plant Systematics and Ecology Section - miscellaneous
Faculty of Science, Campus Kulak Kortrijk
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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