Dominance of cyanobacterial and cryptophytic assemblage correlated to CDOM at heavy metal contamination sites of Gujarat, India

  • Shailesh Kumar Patidar
  • Kaumeel Chokshi
  • Basil George
  • Sourish Bhattacharya
  • Sandhya Mishra


Industrial clusters of Gujarat, India, generate high quantity of effluents which are received by aquatic bodies such as estuary and coastal water. In the present study, microalgal assemblage, heavy metals, and physico-chemical variables were studied from different habitats. Principal component analysis revealed that biovolume of cyanobacterial and cryptophytic community positively correlated with the heavy metal concentration (Hg, As, Zn, Fe, Mo, Ni, and Co) and chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) under hypoxic environment. Green algae and diatoms dominated at comparatively lower nitrate concentration which was positively associated with Pb and Mn.


CDOM Heavy metals Hypoxic environment Microalgal assemblage Principal component analysis 



CSIR-CSMCRI Registration Number: 078/2014. SKP and KC are thankful to CSIR-NMITLI-MoES, CSC 0105 and CSC 0203 for financial support. KC is thankful to AcSIR for PhD registration. BG is thankful to SERB, New Delhi, for providing fellowship under SERB-Young Scientist scheme (SB/FT/LS 332/2012). Authors deeply acknowledge Dr. Pushpito Ghosh, Director, CSMCRI, and Dr. Arvind Kumar, DC, SMC, CSMCRI, for their constant encouragement. SKP thanks Mr. Rajesh Patidar, Analytical Discipline, CSMCRI, for his kind help in ICP-OES sample analysis. SKP acknowledges Dr. Kamlesh K. Tiwari, SICART, Vallabh Vidyanagar, for useful suggestions during the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shailesh Kumar Patidar
    • 1
  • Kaumeel Chokshi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Basil George
    • 1
  • Sourish Bhattacharya
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sandhya Mishra
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Salt and Marine Chemicals DisciplineCSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research InstituteBhavnagarIndia
  2. 2.Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR)CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research InstituteBhavnagarIndia
  3. 3.Scale up and Process Engineering UnitCSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research InstituteBhavnagarIndia

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