Algae are an important component of aquatic benthic ecosystems because they reflect the health of their environment through their density, abundance, and diversity. This comprehensive and authoritative text is divided into three sections to offer complete coverage of the discussion in this field. The first section introduces the locations of benthic algae in different ecosystems, like streams, large rivers, lakes, and other aquatic habitats. The second section is devoted to the various factors, both biotic and abiotic, that affect benthic freshwater algae. The final section of the book focuses on the role played by algae in a variety of complex freshwater ecosystems. As concern over environmental health escalates, the keystone and pivotal role played by algae is becoming more apparent. This volume in the Aquatic Ecology Series represents an important compilation of the latest research on the crucial niche occupied by algae in aquatic ecosystems.

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@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Presents algae as the important player in relation to environmental health * Prepared by leading authorities in the field * Includes comprehensive treatment of the functions of benthic algae as well as the factors that affect these important aquatic organisms * Acts as an important reference for anyone interested in understanding and managing freshwater ecosystems


Ideal for graduate students, faculty, researchers, and consultants in aquatic biology and freshwater ecology. Government and corporate environmental scientists will also be interested. Institutions with strong programs in aquatic ecology, limnology, and environmental sciences will find this a useful text. There is also a potentially substantial market in advanced courses in stream ecology and limnology.

Table of Contents

Patterns of Benthic Algae in Aquatic Ecosystems: R.J. Stevenson, An Introduction to Algal Ecology in Freshwater Benthic Habitats. B.J.F. Biggs, Patterns in Benthic Algae of Streams. R.L. Lowe, PeriphytonPatterns in Lakes. L.G. Goldsborough and G.G.C. Robinson, Pattern in Wetlands. Factors Affecting Benthic Algae: W.R. Hill, Effects of Light. D.M. DeNicola, Periphyton Responses to Temperature at Different Ecological Levels. M.A. Borchardt, Nutrients. P.V. McCormick, Resource Competition and Species Coexistence in Freshwater Benthic Algal Assemblages. J.M. Burkholder, Interactions of Benthic Algae with Their Substrata. N.C. Tuchman, The Role of Heterotrophyin Algae. R.J. Stevenson, The Stimulation and Drag of Current. A.D. Steinman, Effects of Grazers on Freshwater Benthic Algae. C.G. Peterson, Response of Benthic Algal Communities to Natural Physical Disturbance. R.B. Genter, Ecotoxicology of Inorganic Chemical Stress to Algae. K.D. Hoaglund, J.P. Carder, and R.L. Spawn, Effects of Organic Toxic Substances. D. Planas, Acidification Effects. The Niche of Benthic Algae in Freshwater Ecosystems: G.A. Lamberti, The Role of Periphyton in Benthic Food Webs. T.L. Bott, Algae in Microscopic Food Webs. P.J. Mulholland, Role in Nutrient Cycling in Streams. R.G. Wetzel, Benthic Algae and Nutrient Cycling in Lentic Freshwater Ecosystems. C.D. McIntire, S.V. Gregory, A.D. Steinman, and G.A. Lamberti, Modeling Benthic Algal Communities: An Example from Stream Ecol


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