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1 June 2012 Freshwater Phytoplankton Ecology: The British Contribution in Retrospect
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The ecology of the freshwater phytoplankton — communities of freely-dispersed, plant-functioning microbes — has attracted attention in Britain for over 100 years. Here an outline history is given, with reference to persons and places, types of water-body involved, and the approaches adopted. The last include taxonomic resolution and composition with range of morphotypes; physiology of growth, photosynthesis and nutrition in relation to environmental variables; population sampling, dynamics and controlling factors; experimental mesocosms; and synecological aspects of communities. Reductionist and autecological approaches have been accompanied by more abstract generalisation, including phytoplankton viewed as a model community.

© Freshwater Biological Association 2012
J.F. Talling "Freshwater Phytoplankton Ecology: The British Contribution in Retrospect," Freshwater Reviews 5(1), (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1608/FRJ-5.1.453
Received: 13 October 2011; Accepted: 1 December 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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