Title

A Preliminary Assessment of the Importance of Littoral and Benthic Autotrophic Communities in Acidic Lakes

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

1986

Keywords

acid rain, limnology, trophic-level interactions, littoral zone, lakes, zooplankton, macrophytes, bacteria, phytoplankton, algae, primary production, benthic invertebrates, fish

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1520/STP18449S

Abstract

Most of the research examining changes in aquatic biota relative to increasing acidity has concentrated on pelagic components. The possible influence of littoral-pelagic interactions on observed relationships has largely been ignored, and thus interpretation of pelagic biotic data unfortunately often is taken out of context of the whole ecosystem. Available data suggest that while the structure of littoral and benthic autotrophic communities has a direct influence on benthic invertebrates, it exerts an indirect control on zooplankton and fish principally through the quality and quantity of habitat and food resources.

Citation / Publisher Attribution

A Preliminary Assessment of the Importance of Littoral and Benthic Autotrophic Communities in Acidic Lakes, in B. G. Ison (Ed.), Impact of Acid Rain and Deposition on Aquatic Biological Systems, American Society for Testing and Materials, p. 17-27

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