Phytosociological associations of algal periphyton

  • Ryszard Bohr
  • Marta Luścińska
  • Andrzej S. Oleksowicz
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 17)


In the search for a method to distinguish ecological units of periphytic algal communities, the phytosociological method was applied. On the basis of numerous samples collected from 49 lakes, it was found that there occur two associations in the lakes of Northern Poland: Oedogonio-Epithemietum litoralae in eutrophic lakes, and Hapalosiphono-Tabellarietum calciphobum in dystrophic and ‘Lobelia’ lakes. These associations may be regarded as synecological units, which repeat their basic characteristics in definite ecological conditions of the habitat. On the basis of multiple observations and measurements, it is possible to construct a model of cenosis which is a reference point for the purpose of comparison of discrete sets.

Analysis of species contents and numerous measurements of diversity, production and biomass of many phytocenoses justify making synhetic statements concerning the development of the structure and the role of periphyton the lake ecosystem. The association Oedogonio-Epithemietum litoralae produces about 5% of the total organic matter, while the association Hapalosiphono-Tabellarietum calciphobum 40%.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryszard Bohr
    • 1
  • Marta Luścińska
    • 1
  • Andrzej S. Oleksowicz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biology Department of Taxonomy Plant Ecology and Nature ProtectionCopernicus UniversityTorunPoland

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