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Does the process of drying submerged macrophytes affect community structure and composition of epiphytic diatoms?

  • Andrea Vogel
  • Tanja Beier
  • Julia Braun
  • Uta Raeder


This study investigates whether the process of pressing and drying a macrophyte host affects community structure and composition of epiphytic diatom communities. Epiphytic diatoms on submerged macrophytes from carbonate rivers and streams in southern Bavaria, Germany were sampled in order to study community structure and composition. Simultaneously, a specimen of the submerged macrophyte was taken to create a collection of dried plants. After 6 months of preservation, diatom samples were taken from the herbarium macrophytes. Detrended correspondence analysis, diversity and evenness results indicate that recent and dried communities are indistinguishable. These results suggest that epiphytic diatom communities sampled from historic herbarium macrophytes can be utilised as bioindicators to assess former water quality.


epiphyton herbarium macrophytes bioindication running waters Bavaria EU water Framework Directive 



epiphyton from vascular plants


epiphyton from herbarium specimens of vascular plants


epibryon, i.e. epiphyton from aquatic mosses


epiphyton from herbarium specimens of aquatic mosses


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Vogel
    • 1
  • Tanja Beier
    • 1
  • Julia Braun
    • 1
  • Uta Raeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische Universität MünchenHofmark 1–3Germany

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