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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Redundancy in the ecological assessment of lakes: Are phytoplankton, macrophytes and phytobenthos all necessary?
Authors: Kelly, Martyn G
Birk, Sebastian
Willby, Nigel
Denys, Luc
Drakare, Stina
Kahlert, Maria
Karjalainen, Satu Maaria
Marchetto, Aldo
Pitt, Jo-Anne
Urbanic, Gorazd
Poikane, Sandra
Contact Email: n.j.willby@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Ecological assessment
Europe
Lakes
Phytobenthos
Water Framework Directive
Issue Date: 15-Oct-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Kelly MG, Birk S, Willby N, Denys L, Drakare S, Kahlert M, Karjalainen SM, Marchetto A, Pitt J, Urbanic G & Poikane S (2016) Redundancy in the ecological assessment of lakes: Are phytoplankton, macrophytes and phytobenthos all necessary?, Science of the Total Environment, 568, pp. 594-602.
Abstract: Although the Water Framework Directive specifies that macrophytes and phytobenthos should be used for the ecological assessment of lakes and rivers, practice varies widely throughout the EU. Most countries have separate methods for macrophytes and phytobenthos in rivers; however, the situation is very different for lakes. Here, 16 countries do not have dedicated phytobenthos methods, some include filamentous algae within macrophyte survey methods whilst others use diatoms as proxies for phytobenthos. The most widely-cited justification for not having a dedicated phytobenthos method is redundancy, i.e. that macrophyte and phytoplankton assessments alone are sufficient to detect nutrient impacts. Evidence from those European Union Member States that have dedicated phytobenthos methods supports this for high level overviews of lake condition and classification; however, there are a number of situations where phytobenthos may contribute valuable information for the management of lakes.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/23930
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.024
Rights: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
Affiliation: Bowburn Consultancy
University of Duisburg-Essen
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
CNR–Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Italy
Environment Agency
University of Ljubljana
Joint Research Centre

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