179 pages, colour & b/w illustrations
The key contains taxonomic and ecological descriptions of planktonic algae (pro-and eukaryotic) which are most often encountered in various kinds of aquatic reservoirs, lakes and rivers of Poland. Quick identification of those species was based on a dichotomous system, which renders the key readily accessible during laboratory classes and in the course of phycological research.
The key follows the taxonomic system of algae formulated in the handbook Algae: An Introduction to Phycology (Van den Hoek et al. 1995), a framework widely used in Europe. The key may also be helpful in prompt assessment of ecological state of Polish lakes and rives (Picińska-Fałtynowicz et al. 2006), carried out in accordance with the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC, EU 1992). The selection of phytoplankton for the evaluation of ecological condition of aquatic ecosystems is associated with the conviction that the microscopic organisms which represent this ecological group are the first to respond to any changes and disturbances, be it climatic, environmental or anthropogenic.
Chapter 1. Phytoplankton
Chapter 2. Cyanoprokaryota, Cyanobacteria and Cyanophyta
Chapter 3. Bacillariophyceae
Chapter 4. Dinophyta
Chapter 5. Euglenophyta
Chapter 6. Chlorophyta
Chapter 7. Desmidiales
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