Title

Methods for Sampling and Analyzing Wetland Algae

Department

Natural Sciences

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Source

Wetland Techniques: Volume 2: Organisms, edited by James T. Anderson and Craig A. Davis. Pages 1-58.

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Algae are a biologically diverse group of aquatic photosynthetic organisms, and are often common in wetlands. Algal species vary in their optimal environmental conditions, thus the taxonomic identity of algae present in a wetland can be used to make inferences about the environmental characteristics (e.g., water quality) of the wetland in which they are found. Algae also play important roles in the ecology of wetlands. They can be highly abundant and productive, thereby supporting wetland food webs and affecting wetland biogeochemical cycles. It is hoped that this chapter will provide a useful reference for wetland scientists and managers, and also serve to introduce students to appropriate methods for the sampling and analysis of wetland algae.

DOI

10.1007/978-94-007-6931-1_1

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