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Freshwater Algae: Identification and Use as Bioindicators

Freshwater Algae: Identification and Use as Bioindicators

Edward G. Bellinger, David C. Sigee

ISBN: 978-1-119-96432-2

Sep 2011

284 pages

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Freshwater Algae: Identification and Use as Bioindicators provides a comprehensive guide to temperate freshwater algae, with additional information on key species in relation to environmental characteristics and implications for aquatic management. The book uniquely combines practical material on techniques and water quality management with basic algal taxonomy and the role of algae as bioindicators. 

Freshwater Algae: Identification and Use as Bioindicators is divided into two parts. Part I describes techniques for the sampling, measuring and observation of algae and then looks at the role of algae as bioindicators and the implications for aquatic management. Part II provides the identification of major genera and 250 important species. 

Well illustrated with numerous original illustrations and photographs, this reference work is essential reading for all practitioners and researchers concerned with assessing and managing the aquatic environment. 


Copyright Acknowledgements.

1 Introduction to Freshwater Algae.

1.1 General introduction.

1.1.1 Algae - An overview.

1.1.2 Algae as primary producers.

1.1.3 Freshwater environments.

1.1.4 Planktonic and benthic algae.

1.1.5 Size and shape.

1.2 Taxonomic variation - the major groups of algae.

1.2.1 Microscopical appearance.

1.2.2 Biochemistry and cell structure.

1.2.3 Molecular characteristics and identification.

1.3 Blue-green algae.

1.3.1 Cytology.

1.3.2 Morphological and taxonomic diversity.

1.3.3 Ecology.

1.3.4 Blue-green algae as bio-indicators.

1.4 Green algae.

1.4.1 Cytology.

1.4.2 Morphological diversity.

1.4.3 Ecology.

1.4.4 Green algae as bioindicators.

1.5 Euglenoids.

1.5.1 Cytology.

1.5.2 Morphological diversity.

1.5.3 Ecology.

1.5.4 Euglenoids as bioindicators.

1.6 Yellow-green algae.

1.6.1 Cytology.

1.6.2 Morphological diversity.

1.6.3 Ecology.

1.6.4 Yellow-green algae as bioindicators.

1.7 Dinoflagellates.

1.7.1 Cytology.

1.7.2 Morphological diversity.

1.7.3 Ecology.

1.8 Cryptomonads.

1.8.1 Cytology.

1.8.2 Comparison with euglenoid algae.

1.8.3 Biodiversity.

1.8.4 Ecology.

1.8.5 Cryptomonads as bioindicators.

1.9 Chrysophytes.

1.9.1 Cytology.

1.9.2 Morphological diversity.

1.9.3 Ecology.

1.9.4 Chrysophytes as bioindicators.

1.10 Diatoms.

1.10.1 Cytology.

1.10.2 Morphological diversity.

1.10.3 Ecology.

1.10.4 Diatoms as bioindicators.

1.11 Red algae.

1.12 Brown algae.

2 Sampling, Biomass Estimation and Counts of Freshwater Algae.

A Planktonic Algae.

2.1 Protocol for collection.

2.1.1 Standing water phytoplankton.

2.1.1 River phytoplankton.

2.2 Mode of collection.

2.2.1 Phytoplankton trawl net.

2.2.2 Volume samplers.

2.2.3 Integrated sampling.

2.2.4. Sediment traps.

2.3 Phytoplankton biomass.

2.3.1 Turbidity.

2.3.2 Dry weight and ash-free dry weight.

2.3.3 Pigment concentrations.

2.4 Flow cytometry: automated analysis of phytoplankton populations.

2.5 Microscope counts of species populations.

2.5.1 Sample preservation and processing.

2.5.2 Species counts.

2.5.3 Conversion of species counts to biovolumes.

2.5.4 Chemical cleaning of diatoms.

2.6 Diversity within single-species populations.

2.6.1 Molecular analysis.

2.6.2 Analytical microscopical techniques.

B Non-Planktonic Algae.

2.7 Deep water benthic algae.

2.7.1 Benthic-pelagic coupling.

2.7.2 Benthic algae and sediment stability.

2.7.3 Invertebrate grazing of benthic algae.

2.8 Shallow water communities.

2.8.1 Substrate.

2.8.2 Algal communities.

2.9 Algal biofilms.

2.9.1 Mucilaginous biofilms.

2.9.2 Biomass.

2.9.3 Taxonomic composition.

2.9.4 Matrix structure.

2.10 Periphyton - algal mats.

2.10.1 Inorganic substratum.

2.10.2 Plant surfaces.

3 Algae as bioindicators.

3.1 Bioindicators and water quality.

3.1.1 Biomarkers and bioindicators.

3.1.2 Characteristics of bioindicators.

3.1.3 Biological monitoring versus chemical measurements.

3.1.4 Monitoring water quality: objectives.

3.2 Lakes.

3.2.1 Contemporary planktonic and attached algae as bioindicators.

3.2.2 Fossil algae as bioindicators: lake sediment analysis.

3.2.3 Water quality parameters: inorganic and organic nutrients, acidity and heavy metals.

3.3 Wetlands.

3.4 Rivers.

3.4.1 The periphyton community.

3.4.2 River diatoms.

3.4.3 Evaluation of the diatom community.

3.4.4 Human impacts and diatom indices.

3.4.5 Calculation of diatom indices.

3.4.6 Practical applications of diatom indices.

3.5 Estuaries.

3.5.1 Ecosystem complexity.

3.5.2 Algae as estuarine bioindicators.

4 A Key to the More Frequently Occurring Freshwater Algae.

4.1 Introduction to the key.

4.1.1 Using the key.

4.1.2 Morphological groupings.

4.2 Key to the main genera and species.

4.3 List of algae included and their occurrence in the key.

4.4 Algal identification: bibliography.




“Nevertheless, I believe the book can be used by many who have an interest in freshwater phycology, including cell biologists, ecologists, evolutionary biologists, environmental conservation specialists, and, last but not least, (advanced) freshwater aquarium enthusiasts who want to learn more about the so-called “good” and “bad” algae in their fish tanks. Bellinger and  Sigee prepared a great book, and I highly recommend it to readers.”  (J Appl Phycol, 1 March 2013)