Seasonal dynamics of phytoplankton population and water quality in Bidoli reservoir

  • Priya Mishra
  • Veena Garg
  • Kakoli DuttEmail author


Seasonal water quality analysis helps to evaluate the impact of anthropogenic activities on reservoirs. The water quality may be judged by estimating various chemical parameters like dissolved oxygen (DO), free CO2, total alkalinity, total hardness, pH, Ca++, Mg++, Cl, NO3, SO4 bicarbonate, and total dissolved solids (TDS) along with environmental parameters like rainfall and temperature. Most of these abiotic factors are subject to human interventions and are interrelated. This cumulative effect directly influences the biota of the reservoir ecosystem where plankton communities are significant. The current work was carried out with the goal to understand the effect of abiotic factors on planktonic growth in a medium-sized artificial reservoir. The study was attempted to analyze two objectives, which were the variations of parameters with respect to three distinct seasons encountered in the region (summer, monsoon, and winter) and second being the impact of such varying parameters on countable/detectable planktonic diversity. From the water samples collected, 44 genera of planktons belonging to Cyanophyceae, Chlorophyceae, Dinophyceae, Desmids, Bacillariophyceae, and Euglenozoa were identified. There was a marked variation in the seasonal parameters pH, EC, temperature, CO2, and HCO3. Comparison to the BIS and WHO values shows that though water is not potable, it can be used for agriculture and fishing. Thus, it is necessary that this predominantly rainfed reservoir be maintained for sustainable use.


Physicochemical factors Seasonal variation Phytoplankton Correlation Pollution index 



We are thankful to Professor A. Shastri Vice–Chancellor of Banasthali University, Rajasthan, for kindly extending the facilities of “Banasthali Centre of Education” for research in Basic Sciences sanctioned under CURIE program at the Department of Science and Technology and heartful thanks to Dr. Sanjeeva Nayaka, senior principal scientist (NBRI, Lucknow) for providing the facilities to carry the research work ahead. Authors also thank Ms. Charu Saraf for her assistance in the manuscript making.

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  1. 1.Department of Bioscience & BiotechnologyBanasthali VidyapithRajasthanIndia

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