Conservation and Restoration of Lakeshore Vegetation in Lake Kasumigaura, Japan

  • Jun Nishihiro
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


Macrophyte vegetation in and around lakes plays a vital role in the maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in lake ecosystems, such as forming the basis of the littoral food web and animal habitats (Wetzel 2001; Brönmark and Hansson 2005). Many lakes around the world have experienced reduced vegetation as a result of anthropogenic factors, including deteriorated water quality (Brinson and Malvarez 2002; Schmieder 2004), lakeshore construction (Elias and Meyer 2003), and altered water levels (Crivelli and Grillas 1995; Coops and Hosper 2002). Therefore, lake-specific assessments of lakeshore vegetation status, including area and species composition, as well as pressures on them are important for conserving and restoring the biodiversity of lakes and thus for sustaining the ecosystem services.


Seed Bank Soil Seed Bank Lake Ecosystem Submerged Vegetation Restoration Site 
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I thank the Kasumigaura River Office of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport for providing data and opportunities for the studies. I thank my co-researchers, Professor Izumi Washitani, Dr. Noriko Takamura, Ms. Yuki Nishiguchi, and Dr. Miho A. Nishihiro. The present study was partly supported by the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (S9) of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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