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Responses of periphyton biomass and nutrient status to experimental enrichment and its relationships with changes in seston nutrient content and chlorophyll-a

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Lambrecht, Richard W. [1] ; Tavares, Diego A. [1] ; Santos, Thiago R. [1] ; Ferragut, Carla [2, 1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Inst Bot, Programa Posgrad Biodiversidade & Meio Ambiente, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Inst Bot, Nucleo Pesquisas Ecol, Caixa Postal 68041, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Hydrobiologia; v. 836, n. 1, p. 141-153, JUN 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Periphyton development is generally negatively influenced by eutrophication in shallow lakes and reservoirs. To better understand the nutrient enrichment effect on the periphyton and how the changes in seston may interfere in community responses, we performed an experiment with combined and isolated N and P addition during the enrichment and no-enrichment period. Changes in biomass, nutrient content and N and P stoichiometry of periphyton and seston under enrichment were evaluated. Glass slides were used to assess periphyton responses in open-bottom mesocosms. Sampling was performed on the 7th, 14th and 28th day of experimental period. The isolated and combined P enrichment increased periphyton and seston chlorophyll-a on the 7th day, but only seston responded to isolated P addition on the 14th day. The isolated N addition had no significant effect on periphyton and seston chlorophyll-a. After interrupting the enrichment, there was high loss of biomass, changes in P content and a predominance of heterotrophic components in the periphyton. We conclude that periphyton responds rapidly to P enrichment, which has been identified as the primary limiting nutrient. However, periphyton was sensitive to changes in seston, which can interfere with nutrient availability, through nutrient interception, and light availability, through shading. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/03130-2 - Dynamics of the planktonic, periphytic and metaphytic algae community in shallow and tropical reservoir: an observational and experimental study
Grantee:Thiago Rodrigues dos Santos
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate