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

AutorDescy, Jean-Pierre; Sarmento, Hugo
Palabras clavePhytoplankton
Tropical lakes
Microbial food web
Community changes
Kivu, Victoria
Edward, Albert
Fecha de publicaciónmar-2008
EditorFreshwater Biological Association
CitaciónFreshwater reviews : a journal of the Freshwater Biological Association 1(1): 59-73 (2008)
ResumenWe 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 fodd web. Recent studies in some great lakes,as well 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
Descripción15 pages, 4 figures
Versión del editorhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1608/FRJ-1.1.4
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