Tamar Zohary

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A member of the cyanobacterial genus Cylindrospermopsis Seenayya et Subba Raju (Order Nostocales) invaded Lake Kinneret (Israel) in 1998. Since then it has been found in the water column nearly every summer, initially at low concentrations, but since 2003 it formed major summer blooms. The goals of the present study were to identify the invading species(More)
A portion of the former Lake Hula wetland (northern Israel) was re-flooded in spring 1994 and the physical, chemical and biological developments within the resulting new lake and wetland complex (Agmon) was followed closely by a multi-disciplinary scientific team. The first three years of study relating to Lake Agmon are reported in this issue of Wetlands(More)
Changes with time in the concentration of inorganic carbon in Lake Kinneret subsurface water were followed throughout two seasonal dinoflagellate blooms. The response of natural populations of the dominant dinoflagellate, Peridinium gatunense, to these changes was recorded by examining fluctuations over time in the activity of the enzyme carbonic anhydrase(More)
The aim of the present study was to analyze seasonal and inter-annual variability, and examine the stability of several parameters describing the size structure of the phytoplankton assemblage of Lake Kinneret (Israel). Phytoplankton biomass size spectrum (BSS) patterns were analyzed using cell-volume data based on microscopic counts of samples collected(More)
The hypothesis that physical constraints may be as important, if not more important, than biological ones in shaping the structure of phytoplankton assemblage was tested by analyzing long-term (11–29 years) phytoplankton series in eight lakes and nine sites located along a latitudinal gradient in the Northern hemisphere. Phytoplankton biomass was used and(More)
Epidemic chytrid fungal infection of Peridinium gatunense, the major bloom-forming dinoflagellate in Lake Kinneret, Israel, is reported for the first time. The fungus, identified as Phlyctochytrium sp. based on morphological and life cycle characteristics, was first observed in December 2000. It rapidly developed into an epidemic, coinciding with a(More)
The dynamics of the algal populations of Lake Agmon, a newly created shallow lake in the Hula Valley, Israel, were monitored following its filling in April 1994 through 1996. Additional limited field observations and measurements were taken throughout 1997. Following an initial establishment period, the dynamics of the algal populations showed a repetitive(More)
Regulated programmed cell death (PCD) processes have been documented in several phytoplankton species and are hypothesized to play a role in population dynamics. However, the mechanisms leading to the coordinated collapse of phytoplankton blooms are poorly understood. We showed that the collapse of the annual bloom of Peridinium gatunense, an abundant(More)
The aim of the study was a search for typical structure patterns of phytoplankton assemblages, based on the long-term dynamics analysis. As a test case we used the interannual phytoplankton variability of Lake Kinneret (Israel). The dominant phytoplankton species (Peridinium gatunense) structure was presented as the frequency-weighted taxonomic size(More)
The study provides a 2.5 year record of Rhenosterkop Dam (KwaNdebele, South Africa) plankton population dynamics and production in relation to physical and chemical changes which occurred during the trophic depression and stabilization phases of the reservoir. The mean volume of the reservoir was 4% of full storage capacity. Water temperatures ranged from(More)