The Structuring Role of Submerged Macrophytes in Lakes

  • Erik Jeppesen
  • Martin Søndergaard
  • Morten Søndergaard
  • Kirsten Christoffersen

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 131)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. General Themes

  3. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Stephen R. Carpenter, Mark Olson, Paul Cunningham, Sarig Gafny, Nathan Nibbelink, Tom Pellett et al.
      Pages 217-226
    3. Torben L. Lauridsen, Erik Jeppesen, Martin Søndergaard, David M. Lodge
      Pages 233-239
    4. Larry B. Crowder, Elizabeth W. McCollum, Thomas H. Martin
      Pages 240-249
    5. Morten Søndergaard, Jon Theil-Nielsen, Kirsten Christoffersen, Louise Schlüter, Erik Jeppesen, Martin Søndergaard
      Pages 250-261
    6. Martin Søndergaard, Torben L. Lauridsen, Erik Jeppesen, Lise Bruun
      Pages 298-306
    7. Marcel S. Van den Berg, Hugo Coops, Marie-Louise Meijer, Marten Scheffer, Jan Simons
      Pages 339-352
    8. Irmgard Blindow, Anders Hargeby, Gunnar Andersson
      Pages 353-360
    9. Erik Jeppesen, Martin Søndergaard, Jens Peder Jensen, Eva Kanstrup, Birgitte Petersen
      Pages 369-377
  4. Interdisciplinary Discussions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 379-379
    2. Stephen R. Carpenter, Ellen van Donk, Robert G. Wetzel
      Pages 393-396
    3. Marten Scheffer, Erik Jeppesen
      Pages 397-406
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 407-427

About this book


Submerged macrophytes have been the object of intensive research, and a large body of literature exists on their growth, reproduction, and physiology. Several studies have focused on the interactions between submerged macrophytes and other autotrophic components and the impact of the plants on the dynamics of nutrients, dissolved organic and inorganic carbon, oxygen, and pH. Comparatively few studies have dealt with the ability of submerged macrophytes to modulate the structure and dynamics of pelagic and benthic food webs. Recently, however, the amount of research into the structuring role of submerged macrophytes in food webs has markedly increased, and the results obtained so far suggest that sub­ merged macrophytes are of significant importance for the food web interactions and environmental quality of lakes, even at relatively low areal plant coverage. For example, plants affect the interactions between predacious, planktivorous, and benthivorous fish and between fish and invertebrates, including key organisms such as large zooplankton and snails. Changes in these interactions in turn may have cascading effects on the entire food web in both the pelagial and the littoral zone. To provide a forum for discussion of recent results in this growing field of research and to define future research needs, a workshop was held on 16 to 20 June, 1996, at the Freshwater Centre in Silkeborg, Denmark. The present book is a result of the workshop. It is divided into three parts.


Sediment Sedimentation algae chemistry ecology ecosystem environment eutrophic lakes fish growth phytoplankton plankton plant growth plants vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Erik Jeppesen
    • 1
  • Martin Søndergaard
    • 2
  • Morten Søndergaard
    • 1
  • Kirsten Christoffersen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Lake and Estuarine EcologyNational Environmental Research InstituteDenmark
  2. 2.Freshwater Biological LaboratoryUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-6871-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-0695-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0070-8356
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