Freshwater Reviews, Vol 5, No 1 (2012)

Freshwater phytoplankton ecology: the British contribution in retrospect

Jack Talling
DOI: 10.1608/FRJ-5.1.453 | Pages: 1-20

Abstract

The ecology of the freshwater phytoplankton - communities of freely-dispersed, plant-functioning microbes - has attracted attention in Britain for over 100 years.  Here an outline history is given, with reference to persons and places, types of water-body involved, and the approaches adopted.  The last include taxonomic resolution and composition with range of morphotypes; physiology of growth, photosynthesis and nutrition in relation to environmental variables; population sampling, dynamics and controlling factors; experimental mesocosms; and synecological aspects of communities.  Reductionist and autecological approaches have been accompanied by more abstract generalisation, including phytoplankton viewed as a model community.


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