Facilitation of clear-water conditions in shallow lakes by macrophytes: differences between charophyte and angiosperm dominance

@article{Blindow2013FacilitationOC,
  title={Facilitation of clear-water conditions in shallow lakes by macrophytes: differences between charophyte and angiosperm dominance},
  author={Irmgard Blindow and Anders Hargeby and Sabine Hilt},
  journal={Hydrobiologia},
  year={2013},
  volume={737},
  pages={99-110}
}
A number of mechanisms result in a feedback between water clarity and macrophytes and, consequently, the occurrence of alternative stable states in shallow lakes. We hypothesize that bottom-up mechanisms and interactions within the benthic food web are more important in a charophyte-dominated clear-water state, while top-down mechanism and interactions in the planktonic food web prevail at angiosperm dominance. Charophytes, which dominate at lower nutrient concentrations and develop higher… CONTINUE READING
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