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    Abstract - Issue Sep 2012, 33 (5)                                     Back

nstantaneous and historical temperature effects on a-pinene

Variations in phytoplankton carbon biomass, community

assemblages and species succession along Lake

Burullus, Northern Egypt


Author Details


Elham M. Ali

(Corresponding author)

Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science at Suez, Suez Canal University? ???????????? ?Egypt.


Hanan M. Khairy

National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Kayet Bay, Alexandria, Egypt.




Publication Data

Paper received:

22 January 2011


Revised received:

25 July 2011



06? August 2011



Phytoplankton assemblages and species succession along Lake Burullus (Southern Mediterranean) is expressed as carbon biomass (mg cm-3) using a standard spreadsheet based on the species cell volume cell-1 carbon relationship. High Chl a levels were measured (maximum 85-126 mg m-3) reflecting a dense phytoplankton population (up to 8.3 x 103 cell ml-1 and 5.5 x 103 mg cm-3) throughout the lake body with maximum concentrations at the western sector of the lake (S1). A diverse phytoplankton community was determined. Cell count data revealed the dominance of a mixed phytoplankton taxa, however biomass data indicates over-dominance of Bacillariophyceae (up to 98%). Good correlation (r=0.73, p<0.05) was found between Chl aand carbon biomass with various cell carbon/chl a ratio according to variations in community structure. Bacillariophyceae were the most dominant, particularly at the middle (S2) and the western parts (S1) during periods of high nutrient (silicate) and good weather conditions (during spring/summer months). Chlorophyceae were abundant with Scenedesmus sp. mostly dominant, particularly at P-rich sites. Dinoflagellates peaked only during calm and high light summer months (May ? July) being at a maximum level at S1. Euglenophyceae were less contributed to total phytoplankton abundance and peaked only; as a transition stage; at S1 during Jannuary and March (winter months). Cyanophyceae were numerous along with maximum peak at S2 affected by the southern drains. Excessive nutrient enrichment into the lake alters the existent structure of phytoplankton community. The water quality index indicated a poor water quality status of the lake.This may led to increase the possibility of toxic algal blooms to invade the lake ecosystem and, in turn, affect the lake fish yield.


Key words

Phytoplankton, Inland lakes, Water quality, Carbon biomass, Cell count, GIS mapping


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