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Phytoplankton: quality indexes, functional groups and toxicity

Mariani, Maria Antonietta (2008) Phytoplankton: quality indexes, functional groups and toxicity. Doctoral Thesis.

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The primary scientific centre of my doctorate is phytoplankton, especially some specific aspects of its ecology. Phytoplankton, the plant component, constitutes together with phytobenthos and periphyton the photosynthetic entity of inland waters (Tonolli, 1964). In man-made lakes, because of the great variations in the water level, which can reach 10-15 meters in Sardinia (Sechi, 1986), the presence and importance of phytobenthos and periphyton is almost negligible, so that all the primary productive processes are due to phytoplankton (Sechi, 1986). In particular, my interests were: to verify the possibility of using the approach of functional groups as proposed by Reynolds et al. (2002) to classify phytoplankton of Sardinian reservoirs (thematic A; Chapter 1); to evaluate the water quality of lotic and lentic Sardinian environments using phytoplankton and/or microalgae as bioindicators, as suggested by the WFD 2000/60/CE (thematic B; Chapters 2, 3 and 4); to verify the relationships between trophic states of Sardinian reservoirs and toxic Cyanobacteria blooms (thematic C; Chapters 5 and 6), which could invalidate the use of the waters (Bartram et al., 1999; Funari et al., 2000; Sotero-Santos et al., 2006).

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis
ID Code:8
Publisher:Universita' degli studi di Sassari
Uncontrolled Keywords:Phytoplankton, Mediterranean reservoirs, water quality, North Sardinia, Italian freshwaters
Subjects:Area 05 - Scienze biologiche > BIO/07 Ecologia
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze botaniche, ecologiche e geologiche
Cicli, scuole e corsi:Ciclo 20 > Corsi > Biologia ambientale
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Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:01

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