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Volume 45, Issue 3


Dry weight and calcium carbonate encrustation of two morphologically different Chara species: a comparative study from different lakes

Andrzej Pukacz
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  • Polish-German Research Institute, Collegium Polonicum, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, ul. Kościuszki 1, 69-100 Słubice, Poland
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/ Mariusz Pełechaty
  • Department of Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, ul. Umultowska 89, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
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  • Department of Water and Soil Analysis, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, ul. Umultowska 89b, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
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/ Eugeniusz Pronin
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Published Online: 2016-09-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2016-0034


Two charophyte species (Chara tomentosa Thulli. 1799 and Chara globularis L. 1753) were studied to assess their biomass and CaCO3 production in seven hard-water lakes in Western Poland. In each lake, samples of ten individuals from three study sites were collected for dry weight (DW) and calcium carbonate content (% CaCO3) analyses. Additionally, physicochemical parameters of water collected from the above sampling sites were analyzed.

No significant differences were found between the study sites in each lake for any of the analyzed parameters. In all the lakes, DW of C. tomentosa (0.60 ± 0.23 g indiv.-1) was significantly higher and more differentiated than DW of C. globularis (0.11 ± 0.08 g indiv.-1), suggesting species-specificity. The CaCO3 content in DW for C. tomentosa was higher (58.8-70.9%) than in C. globularis (50.1-68.3%), however, it did not reflect the DW differentiation, suggesting lake-specificity. The physicochemical properties of water revealed clear lake-to-lake differentiation. Different correlations between dry weight and calcium carbonate content and lake characteristics were found for each species. The results showed that DW and % CaCO3 are closely related to habitat conditions and different factors may influence the individual biomass of each species.

Keywords: charophytes; individual biomass; calcite encrustation; water properties; inter-lake; variability


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Received: 2015-10-27

Accepted: 2016-02-22

Published Online: 2016-09-22

Published in Print: 2016-09-01

Citation Information: Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Volume 45, Issue 3, Pages 377–387, ISSN (Online) 1897-3191, ISSN (Print) 1730-413X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ohs-2016-0034.

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