The Structuring Role of Submerged Macrophytes in Lakes by Lennart Persson, Larry B. Crowder (auth.), Erik Jeppesen,

By Lennart Persson, Larry B. Crowder (auth.), Erik Jeppesen, Martin Søndergaard, Morten Søndergaard, Kirsten Christoffersen (eds.)

Submerged macrophytes were the thing of extensive study, and a wide physique of literature exists on their progress, copy, and body structure. a number of reviews have fascinated by the interactions among submerged macrophytes and different autotrophic elements and the impression of the vegetation at the dynamics of nutrition, dissolved natural and inorganic carbon, oxygen, and pH. relatively few stories have handled the power of submerged macrophytes to modulate the constitution and dynamics of pelagic and benthic foodstuff webs. lately, notwithstanding, the quantity of analysis into the structuring position of submerged macrophytes in meals webs has markedly elevated, and the consequences bought up to now recommend that sub­ merged macrophytes are of important significance for the nutrition net interactions and environmental caliber of lakes, even at rather low areal plant assurance. for instance, vegetation have an effect on the interactions among predacious, planktivorous, and benthivorous fish and among fish and invertebrates, together with key organisms equivalent to huge zooplankton and snails. alterations in those interactions in flip can have cascading results at the whole foodstuff net in either the pelagial and the littoral quarter. to supply a discussion board for dialogue of modern ends up in this starting to be box of study and to outline destiny examine wishes, a workshop was once hung on sixteen to twenty June, 1996, on the Freshwater Centre in Silkeborg, Denmark. the current booklet is as a result of the workshop. it truly is divided into 3 parts.

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They consume prey from more than one trophic level) (Diehl, 1993b). Omnivory complicates the trophic relationships among fish and macro invertebrates, because fish and invertebrate predators engage in both competitive and consumer-resource interactions. , 1977). Because most invertebrate predators are bigger than most nonpredatory invertebrates, preferential predation by fish on large macroinvertebrates provides another potential mechanism for an indirect positive effect of fish on nonpredatory macroinvertebrates.

Routes for effects on submerged vegetation (habitat structure) by feeding activities in open water • Zooplankton predation induced changes in phytoplankton biomass (transparency) • Sediment feeding induced fluxes of nutrients to open water affecting phytoplankton biomass (transparency) III. Other fish induced coupling of littoral and pelagic habitats • Transport of nutrients/organic matter to pelagic due to littoral feeding and pelagic excretionlegestion • Transport of nutrients/organic matter to littoral due to pelagic feeding at night by in daytime refuging juvenile fish • Recruitment of juvenile fish to the vegetation habitat from pelagic larval stages over ontogeny • Recruitment of adult fish to the pelagic habitat from the vegetation habitat over ontogeny Littoral zones are extremely productive; in addition to macrophyte production, epiphyte production is now known to be substantial (Wetzel, 1990; Wetzel and S0ndergaard, this volume, Chapter 7).

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