The aquatic macrophytes of Lake Vechten. Species composition, spatial distribution and production

  • Elly P. H. Best
Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 11)


The macrophytic species compositions in Lake Vechten of 1963 and 1979–80 were compared and showed a considerable change. The main vegetation types were mapped in 1973, 1978, 1979 and 1980. All macrophytic communities, i.e. submerged, floating-leaved and emergent vegetation types, declined mainly due to increasing water turbidity, increasing tree-shading and, from 1978 onwards, grazing and trampling by cattle.

Production rates, derived from different combinations of measurement and calculation, were compared. The macrophytes contributed only about 7% to the total lake production in 1980.


macrophytes species inventory production rate biomass simulation models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elly P. H. Best
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  1. 1.‘Vijverhof’ LaboratoryLimnological InstituteNieuwersluisThe Netherlands

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