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Population and individual variability of Isoetes lacustris L. with depth in a Pyrenean lake

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1993
Authors:E. Gacia, Ballesteros E.
Journal:Aquatic Botany
Pagination:35 - 47
Date Published:1993///

Structural (density and biomass), morphological and phenological characteristics of a population of Isoetes lacustris L. in a high mountain lake in the Pyrenees were studied. Changes in these parameters along a depth gradient can be used to distinguish a shallow water population (0.3-1.3 m depth) from a deep water population (1.8-2.3 m depth). Density of individuals decreased with depth, while biomass, size, size diversity and fertility showed the opposite pattern. The effect of ice-scour during winter together with a lower organic matter content in shallow areas are suggested as the main ecological factors responsible for these differences. Extremely high biomass values, when compared with North European populations of I. lacustris, seem to be related to a higher light availability in Pyrenean lakes. High rates of sedimentation causing burying of individuals and light depletion can explain the sharp, shallow lower boundary of the distribution of I. lacustris in Lake Baciver. © 1993.

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