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Aquatic Ecology
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.656
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Number of Followers: 34  
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ISSN (Print) 1573-5125 - ISSN (Online) 1386-2588
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  • Stable isotope measurements confirm consumption of submerged macrophytes
           by macroinvertebrate and fish taxa
    • Authors: Jan-Willem Wolters; Ralf C. M. Verdonschot; Jonas Schoelynck; Natacha Brion; Piet F. M. Verdonschot; Patrick Meire
      Abstract: Many macrophyte species in lowland streams exhibit signs of grazing and herbivore damage, even though herbivory by aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish is generally considered to be of little importance. In this study, we collected evidence for the hypothesis that herbivory on macrophytes by macroinvertebrates and fish is more widespread than assumed. We measured the dual stable isotope signatures (δ13C and δ15N) of organic matter, epiphyton, submerged macrophytes, macroinvertebrates and fish in a Belgian lowland stream. There was a clear distinction in isotopic signatures of the different basal resources, allowing the use of the SIAR mixing model. These calculations revealed the consumption of macrophyte tissue not only by the phytophagous larvae of Nymphula nitidulata Hufnagel (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), but also by Baetidae nymphs (Ephemeroptera), Orthocladiinae larvae (Diptera: Chironomidae), the crayfish Orconectus limosus Rafinesque (Decapoda: Cambaridae) and the fish Gobio gobio L. (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) which are classified as feeding on other resources. Although the potential share of macrophyte biomass in the diet of macroinvertebrates and fish was demonstrated to be up to 49%, this amount is only a small percentage of the total standing macrophyte biomass in a lowland stream. However, the impact of this herbivory may still be substantial because consumption may comprise a significant fraction of the daily primary production. Additionally, small-scale herbivory may still have a negative impact on macrophyte growth and survival, for example through consumption of apical meristems and the increased susceptibility to diseases and toxins if the macrophyte’s epidermis is damaged.
      PubDate: 2018-10-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9662-7
  • High phenolic content fails to deter mesograzer consumption of
           Myriophyllum spicatum (Eurasian watermilfoil) in New England
    • Authors: LaTina Steele; Courtney Ray; Michele Guidone
      Abstract: Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) is often considered one of the most aggressive macrophyte invaders in freshwater habitats throughout the USA. However, conditions leading to successful milfoil invasions are not well understood. This study sought to illuminate the role of herbivores in determining milfoil invasion success via the potential mechanisms of enemy release and biotic resistance. We determined feeding preferences of three herbivores native to the northeastern United States and measured macrophyte phenolic content, which may act as an herbivore feeding deterrent. We found that phenolic content in milfoil was more than two times higher than in the most abundant native macrophytes at our study sites, consistent with enemy release. However, laboratory feeding experiments demonstrated that milfoil phenolics did not deter amphipod (Hyalella azteca), snail (Physella sp.), or weevil (Euhrychiopsis lecontei) herbivory. Furthermore, amphipod consumption rates in our study were an order of magnitude higher than amphipod consumption rates reported in milfoil’s native range, contrary to the predictions of enemy release. Amphipods and snails from habitats invaded by milfoil consumed similar quantities of both milfoil and the low-phenolic native plant Elodea canadensis. In contrast, weevils consumed milfoil but not E. canadensis in choice experiments. Amphipods collected from milfoil-free habitats also readily consumed milfoil, and they consumed 2.5 times more milfoil than E. canadensis in a choice feeding trial. These results suggest that high phenolic levels do not prevent native herbivores from consuming invasive milfoil. Instead, native generalist grazers like amphipods and snails may limit milfoil proliferation and provide a measure of biotic resistance.
      PubDate: 2018-09-20
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9661-8
  • Cyanobacteria consumption by cladocerans: a case study on facilitation
    • Authors: Rocío Fernández; Javier Alcocer
      Abstract: Eutrophic systems are stressful for zooplankton species, especially for small organisms (< 1000 μm) that are inefficient in consuming large colonies or filaments of cyanobacteria. Certain mechanisms, however, enable organisms to coexist in spite of the stress related to poor food quality or manageability of the diet. The present work suggests that coprophagy is recurrent behavior in cladocerans that may facilitate the survival and growth of some species in eutrophic systems. We chose three clones of Moina macrocopa that inhabit eutrophic systems. The species selected as possible facilitators were the cladocerans Simocephalus vetulus and Daphnia similis, and the ostracod Heterocypris incongruens, because they are cosmopolitan, have high rates of cyanobacterial filtration and in some cases coexist with Moina. The design used for the demographic experiments of the three clones of M. macrocopa was based on the source of nutrition and consisted of a control diet of Scenedesmus acutus (1 × 106 cells ml), a diet of undigested cyanobacteria (10 × 106 cells ml), and this same diet after digestion by D. similis, S. vetulus or H. incongruens. The excreta of the cladocerans was a deficient diet for Moina, whose populations decreased by more than 1 individual per day. On the contrary, fecal pellets of the ostracod were a diet that allowed Moina to have positive population growth (0.3 day−1). Our results help to explain the high densities achieved by cladocerans in eutrophic tropical water bodies where cyanobacterial blooms are normal.
      PubDate: 2018-08-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9660-9
  • Correction to: Niche differentiation among invasive Ponto-Caspian
           Chelicorophium species (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Corophiidae) by food
           particle size
    • Authors: Péter Borza; Thomas Huber; Patrick Leitner; Nadine Remund; Wolfram Graf
      Abstract: A calibration mistake caused systematic error in the microscopic measurements; all filter mesh size values should be divided by a factor of 2.56. As our conclusions were based on the inter- and intraspecific variations of the trait, this systematic error does not influence them in any way. Filter mesh sizes ranged between 2.47 and 7.17 μm in C. curvispinum, between 1.83 and 5.09 μm in C. robustum, and between 1.03 and 2.68 μm in C. sowinskyi. Interspecific differences were estimated correctly as 1.12 μm (SE = 0.15) between C. curvispinum and C. robustum, and 1.37 μm (SE = 0.15) between C. robustum and C. sowinskyi. The correct version of Figure 2 and Table 3 are provided in this correction.
      PubDate: 2018-08-14
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9659-2
  • Do environmental factors affect the male frequency of exotic mangrove
           species Laguncularia racemosa (Combretaceae) along the southeast coast of
    • Authors: Xiuli Wang; Liang Zhou; Changyi Lu
      Abstract: The exotic mangrove species Laguncularia racemosa (Combretaceae) is fast-growing and was used for forestation in recent years along the southeast coast of China. The breeding system of L. racemosa is variable among populations, such as hermaphroditism, gynodioecy, and androdioecy. To determine whether androdioecy is widespread in L. racemosa, 19 planted populations were surveyed along the southeast coast of China. To determine whether local environmental factors could affect the sex ratio in androdioecious populations, the observed male frequency of different populations was compared to local average annual temperature, rainfall, and salinity. The results showed that the 19 L. racemosa populations along the southeast coast of China were androdioecious. The male frequencies of these populations varied from 31.0 to  88.9%. Partial correlation analysis showed that average annual salinity explained 74.7% of the male frequency (p = 0.001). It is reasonable to note that the male frequency followed a general trend, presenting peak that coincided with the low salinity. The average annual rainfall explained only 30.4% of the male frequency (p = 0.403). And the average annual temperature explained only 20.2% of the male frequency (p = 0.206). The variable male frequency in different androdioecious L. racemosa populations may presumably be caused by ecological or genetical processes; these hypotheses will be tested in future studies.
      PubDate: 2018-07-20
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9658-3
  • Shelter-seeking behavior of crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, in elevated
           carbon dioxide
    • Authors: M. D. Robertson; M. F. Hernandez; S. R. Midway; C. T. Hasler; C. D. Suski
      Abstract: Carbon dioxide has been found to produce various negative consequences for a number of aquatic species and is projected to rise in the future for many aquatic ecosystems. Crayfish act as indicators of water quality and function as keystone species in aquatic food webs; however, there is a paucity of research on how crayfish may respond to elevated CO2. This study quantified how shelter-seeking behavior in freshwater crayfish (e.g., family Cambaridae), a behavior critical for survival and fitness, may change following exposure to elevated pCO2. Red Swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii, Girard, 1852) were exposed to one of three potential levels of dissolved CO2 that could be found in freshwater basins currently or under future climate change conditions: Control (< 100 μatm), Low (6853 ± 1206 μatm), and High (19,086 ± 2043 μatm) for 8 days, and were then transferred to a treatment aquarium with the same CO2 levels as the respective initial exposure. The treatment aquarium contained a shelter and was divided into three equal sections based on proximity to that shelter. Crayfish proximity to the shelter (defined by the tank sections) in the treatment aquarium was monitored every 5 s for a 2-min trial. Crayfish spent differing amounts of time in differing zones of the experiment and had different levels of activity, depending on their pCO2 exposure; crayfish acclimated to High pCO2 increased their time spent hiding and decreased their overall activity when compared to the Low pCO2 and Control treatments. Augmented shelter-seeking behavior may affect crayfish social hierarchies, feeding, mating, and mortality, which could generate cascading effects on the ecology of many freshwater ecosystems.
      PubDate: 2018-07-06
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9657-4
  • Multiple stressors trigger ecological changes in tropical Lake La
           Tembladera (Ecuador)
    • Authors: Charo López-Blanco; William F. Kenney; Andrés Varas
      Abstract: We examined the relationship between cladoceran, limnological, geological and biological variables in a recent sediment sequence to assess the cladoceran community response to flood conditions and human impacts during the last century in shallow Lake La Tembladera, on the southern coast of Ecuador. We recovered three sediment cores from central and littoral locations to analyze cladoceran subfossils and plant macrofossils. Redundancy analysis identified three environmental variables controlling the assemblage composition: the presence of non-aquatic plants, As and Be concentrations in the sediment. Before AD 1925, the surface area of the lake was smaller than it is now and the most representative cladocerans were Euryalona at lower lake levels and Leydigiopsis at relatively higher lake levels. After ca. AD 1925, anthropogenic works increased the lake level and the expanse of the littoral zone, favoring phytophilous cladocerans such as Kurzia. Around ca. AD 1990, the disposal of mining tailings contaminated with arsenic increased cladoceran sexual reproduction (total chydorid ephippia) and favored certain taxa. Our study shows the influence of anthropogenic activities on hydrologic regime, lake stage and heavy metal contamination and our results indicate the environmental trajectory of this lake, as it shifted from more natural to more impacted conditions in the last century.
      PubDate: 2018-06-18
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9656-5
  • Correction to: Herbivore functional traits and macroinvertebrate food webs
           have different responses to leaf chemical compounds of two macrophyte
           species in a tropical lake’s littoral zone
    • Authors: Hugo Henrique L. Saulino; Ross M. Thompson; Susana Trivinho-Strixino
      Abstract: In the original publication of an article, third author’s name was misspelt and some values were missed in Table 2. The correct name and the Table 2 are given in this correction.
      PubDate: 2018-06-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9655-6
  • The importance of herbivory by protists in lakes of a tropical floodplain
    • Authors: Bianca Ramos Meira; Fernando Miranda Lansac-Toha; Bianca Trevizan Segovia; Paulo Roberto Bressan Buosi; Fábio Amodêo Lansac-Tôha; Luiz Felipe Machado Velho
      Abstract: Inland aquatic ecosystems play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, processing a great fraction of the organic matter coming from terrestrial ecosystems, and the microbial food web is crucial in this process. Thus, we aimed to evaluate whether the food resource of planktonic protozoa comes mainly from small primary producers or heterotrophic bacteria in tropical shallows lakes, assuming the hypothesis that, in general, picocyanobacteria would be the main food resource for protists. We also expected that the autotrophic fraction would be mainly related to protists at the surface of the environments, while the heterotrophic fraction would be more important at the lower strata of the water column. We performed size-fractionation experiments to evaluate the effects of predation of protists on heterotrophic bacteria and picocyanobacteria. We also sampled planktonic organisms at the subsurface and bottom of 20 lakes in a Neotropical floodplain. We found an herbivory preference of heterotrophic flagellates, while ciliates seem to exert a stronger impact on heterotrophic bacteria. We also found no relationship between heterotrophic bacteria and protists in the field data, whereas positive relationships between picocyanobacteria and protists were observed in environments where there was sunlight. Thus, both heterotrophic bacteria and picocyanobacteria were important components in the food webs of tropical shallow lakes. Moreover, the trophic cascade caused by zooplankton predation suggests that protists are efficient in transferring the energy from the base of microbial food webs to higher trophic levels.
      PubDate: 2018-04-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9654-7
  • Niche differentiation among invasive Ponto-Caspian Chelicorophium species
           (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Corophiidae) by food particle size
    • Authors: Péter Borza; Thomas Huber; Patrick Leitner; Nadine Remund; Wolfram Graf
      Abstract: After Chelicorophium curvispinum, two other Ponto-Caspian tube-dwelling, filter-feeding amphipod species (Chelicorophium robustum and Chelicorophium sowinskyi) have colonized several catchments in Central and Western Europe in recent decades. To reveal the mechanism of niche differentiation among them, we measured the mesh sizes of their filtering apparatus and analyzed multi-habitat sampling data from the River Danube using RDA-based variance partitioning between environmental and spatial explanatory variables. Morphometric data showed a clear differentiation among the species by filter mesh size (C. curvispinum > C. robustum > C. sowinskyi). Field data also indicated the relevance of suspended matter; however, the mere quantity of suspended solids included in the analysis could not explain the abundance patterns effectively. Current velocity, substrate types, and total nitrogen content also had a non-negligible effect; however, their role in the niche differentiation of the species is not evident. In summary, differences in their filter mesh sizes indicate a niche differentiation by food particle size among the invasive Chelicorophium species, allowing their stable coexistence given sufficient size variability in their food source. Consequently, the two recent invaders increase the effectiveness of resource utilization, resulting in a more intensive benthic–pelagic coupling in the colonized ecosystems.
      PubDate: 2018-04-05
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9653-8
  • Herbivore functional traits and macroinvertebrate food webs have different
           responses to leaf chemical compounds of two macrophyte species in a
           tropical lake’s littoral zone
    • Authors: Hugo Henrique L. Saulino; Ross M. Thompson; Susana Trivinho-Strxino
      Abstract: This research addressed the question of whether invertebrate food web structure varied between a native and an invasive macrophyte leaf species in the littoral zone of a tropical reservoir. We compared macroinvertebrate herbivore functional trait diversity composition with food web structure on the two macrophyte leaves, the invasive white ginger lily (Hedichium coronarium—Zingiberaceae) and the native pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata—Pontederiaceae). We predicted that the herbivore macroinvertebrate trait indices would decrease with macrophyte leaf species due to a lower resource quality with the flow-on effects in the food web structure. We calculated the number of functionally singular species (sing.sp) and herbivore functional trait richness (FRic) indices. For the macroinvertebrate food webs, we calculated the total number of trophic links (L), link density (L/S), connectance (C) and predator–prey ratios using a predator–prey matrix. We analysed the relationship between chemical traits of the macrophyte species’ leaves herbivore traits and food web indices using multivariate regression and Pearson’s correlation. Hedichium coronarium leaves had higher biomass and higher nitrogen content than the native P. cordata, which had higher phosphorus and carbohydrate content. Pontederia cordata leaves were associated with specialist macroinvertebrate species which primarily feed on biofilms (e.g. Ulmeritrus and Scirtidae) and plant leaves (e.g. Beardius). Food webs on P. cordata had lower numbers of trophic links (L), links per species (L/S) and predator–prey ratios. Connectance, which represents food web complexity, was similar between macroinvertebrate assemblages on the two leaf types. Our study suggests that chemical compounds of macrophyte leaves quality may have potential flow-on effects on food web structure.
      PubDate: 2018-04-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9652-9
  • Nitrification in intertidal sponge Cinachyrella cavernosa
    • Authors: N. S. Subina; B. R. Thorat; Maria-Judith Gonsalves
      Abstract: The nitrification process in different sections of the sponges remains unresolved, despite several studies on the nitrogen cycling pathways in the tissues of temperate and Arctic sponges. In this study, the abundance, diversity and activity of the associated nitrifying organisms in intracellular, intercellular, extracellular and cortex of a tropical intertidal sponge, Cinachyrella cavernosa, were investigated using most probable number, next-generation sequencing and incubation method, respectively. The nitrification rate and the abundance of nitrifying bacteria showed significant difference among different sections. The nitrification rate in C. cavernosa was 2–12× higher than the reported values in other sponge species from temperate and Arctic regions. Nitrification rate in sponge cortex was 2× higher than in intercellular and extracellular sections. Ammonium and nitrite oxidisers ranged from 103 to 104 CFU g−1 in the sponge with a high number of ammonium and nitrite oxidisers in the cortex. Nitrifiers belonging to Nitrosomonas, Nitrospira, Nitrospina, Nitrobacter and Nitrosopumilus were present in different sections of the sponge, with nitrifying archaea dominating the intracellular section and nitrifying bacteria dominating other sections. This study reports for the first time the nitrification inside the sponge cells. The study also suggests that the intertidal sponge, C. cavernosa, harbours metabolically active nitrifiers in different sections of the sponge body with different rates of nitrification. Thus, nitrifiers play an important role in ammonia detoxification within the sponge and also contribute to the nitrogen budget of the coastal ecosystem.
      PubDate: 2018-02-24
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9651-x
  • Environmental filtering and spatial effects on metacommunity organisation
           differ among littoral macroinvertebrate groups deconstructed by biological
    • Authors: Kimmo T. Tolonen; Yongjiu Cai; Annika Vilmi; Satu Maaria Karjalainen; Tapio Sutela; Jani Heino
      Abstract: We examined spatial and environmental effects on the deconstructed assemblages of littoral macroinvertebrates within a large lake. We deconstructed assemblages by three biological trait groups: body size, dispersal mode and oviposition behaviour. We expected that spatial effects on assemblage structuring decrease and environmental effects increase with increasing body size. We also expected stronger environmental filtering and weaker spatial effect on the assemblages of flying species compared with assemblages of non-flying species. Stronger effect of environmental filtering was expected on the assemblages with species attaching eggs compared with assemblages of species with free eggs. We used redundancy analysis with variation partitioning to examine spatial and environmental effects on the deconstructed assemblages. As expected, the importance of environmental filtering increased and that of spatial effects decreased with increasing body size. Opposite to our expectations, assemblages of non-flying species were more affected by environmental conditions compared to assemblages of flying species. Concurring with our expectations, the importance of environmental filtering was higher in structuring assemblages of species attaching eggs than in structuring those with freely laid eggs. The amount of unexplained variation was higher for assemblages with small-sized to medium-sized species, flying species and species with free eggs than those with large-sized species, non-flying species and species with attached eggs. Our observations of decreasing spatial and increasing environmental effects with increasing body size of assemblages deviated from the results of previous studies. These results suggest differing metacommunity dynamics between within-lake and among-lake levels and between studies covering contrasting taxonomic groups and body size ranges.
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9649-4
  • The use of historical environmental monitoring data to test predictions on
           cross-scale ecological responses to alterations in river flows
    • Authors: Matthew J. Colloff; Ian C. Overton; Brent L. Henderson; Jane Roberts; Julian R. W. Reid; Roderick L. Oliver; Anthony D. Arthur; Tanya M. Doody; Neil C. Sims; Qifeng Ye; Susan M. Cuddy
      Abstract: Determination of ecological responses to river flows is fundamental to understanding how flow-dependent ecosystems have been altered by regulation, water diversions and climate change, and how to effect river restoration. Knowledge of ecohydrological relationships can support water management and policy, but this is not always the case. Management rules have tended to be developed ahead of scientific knowledge. The lag between practice and knowledge could be addressed by using historical monitoring data on ecological responses to changes in flows to determine significant empirical ecohydrological relationships, as an adjunct to investigating responses prospectively. This possibility was explored in the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia. We assessed 359 data sets collected during monitoring programs across the basin. Of these, only 32 (9%) were considered useful, based on a match between the scale at which sampling was done and ecological responses are likely to occur, and used to test flow–ecology predictions for phytoplankton, macroinvertebrates, fishes, waterbirds, floodplain trees, basin-scale vegetation and estuarine biota. We found relationships between flow and ecological responses were likely to be more strongly supported for large, long-lived, widespread biota (waterbirds, basin-scale vegetation, native fishes), than for more narrowly distributed (e.g. estuarine fishes) or smaller, short-lived organisms (e.g. phytoplankton, macroinvertebrates). This pattern is attributed to a mismatch between the design of monitoring programs and the response time frames of individual biota and processes, and to the use of local river discharge as a primary predictor variable when, for many biotic groups, other predictors need to be considered.
      PubDate: 2018-01-30
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-018-9650-y
  • Ecological uniqueness of macroinvertebrate communities in high-latitude
           streams is a consequence of deterministic environmental filtering
    • Authors: Katri E. Tolonen; Kirsti Leinonen; Jaakko Erkinaro; Jani Heino
      Abstract: Variation in biological communities is a consequence of stochastic and deterministic factors. Examining the relative importance of these factors helps to understand variation in the whole biodiversity in a region. We examined the roles of stochastic and deterministic factors in structuring macroinvertebrate communities in high-latitude streams across two seasons. We predicted that if communities are the result of deterministic environmental filtering processes, the communities should show strong association with environmental variables, as taxa would be selected according to stream environmental conditions. However, if communities are driven by stochastic factors, they should show strong association with spatial variables, as the distribution of taxa in communities would be driven by spatially related dispersal factors. We studied these predictions by calculating the degree of uniqueness of the streams in terms of their taxonomic and functional community compositions and by modelling the resulting index values using spatial and environmental variables. Our results supported the first prediction where the communities are more influenced by the environmental filtering processes, although indications of the effect of spatial processes in structuring the communities were present especially in autumn. High-latitude stream communities also seem to be sensitive to environmental changes, as even small changes in environment were enough to affect the ecological uniqueness of the streams. These findings highlight the vulnerability of northern streams in the face of the climate change. To maintain biodiversity in high-latitude catchments, it would be important to protect varying habitat conditions, which are the main forces affecting the ecological uniqueness of the streams.
      PubDate: 2017-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-017-9642-3
  • Seed bank of seasonally flooded grassland: experimental simulation of
           flood and post-flood
    • Authors: Francielli Bao; Tracy Elsey-Quirk; Marco Antonio de Assis; Arnildo Pott
      Abstract: Wetland seed banks comprise the propagules of plant species that have species-specific germination requirements for germination in either flooded or dry conditions. At the community level, wetland structure and succession during and after a seasonal flooding event depends upon the early life-history requirements of species, including germination under flooded and dry conditions. We examined the effects of simulated flood and post-flood scenarios on seedling emergence from a seed bank of seasonally flooded grassland in the Pantanal, Brazil. Field samplings were conducted in both wet and dry seasons, both of which were subject to flood and post-flood conditions. A total of 70 species emerged from the seed bank, dominated by Poaceae and Cyperaceae. Sixteen species were exclusive to the wet and one exclusive to the dry season. The richness of perennial species was higher under flood conditions, while the richness of annuals was greater post-flood. In general, the aquatic and amphibious species exhibited a significant germination response to flooding. Terrestrial species only germinated in post-flood conditions, with higher richness in the dry season. Four species had high seedling abundance in both treatments. The capacity of regeneration by seeds is high in these grasslands and can be increased by seasonal flooding and drawdown. In these seasonally flooded grasslands, we observed three main germination strategies: under flooded conditions, aquatic and amphibious species; post-flood conditions, an explosion of annual amphibious and terrestrial species; and in moist soil, perennial terrestrial species. The differential responses to flooding versus post-flood conditions help to maintain the structure and species richness in the community over time.
      PubDate: 2017-11-20
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-017-9647-y
  • Land-use effects on structural and functional composition of benthic and
           leaf-associated macroinvertebrates in four Andean streams
    • Authors: Carlos Iñiguez-Armijos; Henrietta Hampel; Lutz Breuer
      Abstract: The replacement of native forests by pastures takes place widely in the Andes. The effects of such land-use change on aquatic assemblages are poorly understood. We conducted a comparative analysis of the effects of forest conversion to pastures on the taxonomic, structural, and functional composition of macroinvertebrates (benthic and leaf-associated) in montane and upper montane streams (ecosystem type) of the south Ecuadorian Andes. Taxonomic composition of benthic and leaf-associated macroinvertebrates was different between ecosystem type and land use. Also, major differences in the structural and functional composition of benthic and leaf-associated macroinvertebrates were mainly promoted by land use in both ecosystem types. Forested streams showed higher diversity than pasture streams, sustaining more shredder, scraper, and predatory invertebrates. We also observed differences in the macroinvertebrate communities between benthic and leaf-bag samples. Leaf bags had lower diversity and more collector invertebrates than benthic samples. This study highlights the large effect of riparian forest conversion to pasture land on macroinvertebrate communities, and the importance of using appropriate sampling techniques to characterize aquatic assemblages. We also recommend the maintenance and restoration of riparian vegetation to mitigate the effects of deforestation on stream communities and ecosystem processes.
      PubDate: 2017-11-13
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-017-9646-z
  • Root morphological and structural comparisons of introduced and native
           aquatic plant species in multiple substrates
    • Authors: Xiaolong Huang; Nan Shen; Xin Guan; Xuan Xu; Fanjiao Kong; Chunhua Liu; Dan Yu
      Abstract: Invasions of introduced plants are considered among the greatest threats to biodiversity worldwide. Aquatic habitats suffer invasion more frequently and extensively than do terrestrial habitats. Although the role of roots in plant anchoring and support is important, previous studies have focused much attention on the morphological traits of above-ground parts, with relatively less attention given to the root structures of aquatic plants. In this study, we aimed to compare differences in root morphological and structural traits between introduced and native plants in response to different substrates. We hypothesized that introduced aquatic plants have an advantage over native plants with regard to root trait values and plasticity. A total of six aquatic plants were used: Two invasive and one exotic noninvasive species were paired with their native counterparts according to life form (amphibious emergent, submerged and floating-leaved) and cultivated in substrates of clay, a clay/sand mixture (v:v = 1:1) or sand. Root morphological traits, topological indices and root relative distance plasticity indices were quantified. The results indicated that different substrates have various effects on the root traits of these six aquatic plants; the introduced plants generally exhibited higher plasticity than did their native counterparts of the same life form.
      PubDate: 2017-11-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-017-9645-0
  • Impacts of varying durations of passive oxygen exposure on freshwater
           denitrifier community structure and function
    • Authors: Jonathon B. Van Gray; Laura G. Leff
      Abstract: Fertilizer use has dramatically increased the availability of nitrate (NO3 −) in aquatic systems. Microbe-mediated denitrification is one of the predominant means of NO3 − removal from freshwaters, yet oxygenation (O2)-induced disruptions—e.g., extreme precipitation events—can occur, resulting in a disproportional increase in nitrous oxide (N2O) production and efflux as facultative anaerobic bacterial populations use of O2 as a terminal electron acceptor increases. We examined the effects of 12- and 24-h passive O2 exposure on previously anaerobic bacterial communities focusing on denitrification enzyme activity (DEA), N2O production, and bacterial community 16S rRNA and nitrous oxide reductase gene (nosZ) profiles after 12, 24, and 48 h of anaerobic recovery. Treatments experiencing 24-h O2 exposure had significantly higher DEA 12 h into anaerobic recovery than treatments undergoing 12-h O2 exposure. Initial N2O emissions were significantly lower in the 24-h O2 exposure treatments although by 24 h a dramatic spike (tenfold relative to the 12-h O2 exposure treatments) in N2O concentrations was observed. However, within 6 h (30-h anaerobic recovery) these differences were gone. Community nosZ profiles experiencing 24-h O2 exposure exhibited reduced diversity after 24-h recovery, which corresponded with an increase in N2O emissions. However, after 48 h of anaerobic recovery, nosZ diversity had recovered. These observations highlight the effects of short-term aerobic disruption on denitrification, as well as the effects on the denitrifier community profile. Together, these data suggest that recovery to ambient N cycling is exacerbated by disturbance length due to increased lag time and subsequent loss of denitrifier community diversity.
      PubDate: 2017-10-26
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-017-9643-2
  • Fishing-induced changes in predation pressure by perch ( Perca fluviatilis
           ) regulate littoral benthic macroinvertebrate biomass, density, and
           community structure
    • Authors: Leena Nurminen; Noora Hellén; Mikko Olin; Joni Tiainen; Mika Vinni; Mira Grönroos; Satu Estlander; Jukka Horppila; Martti Rask; Hannu Lehtonen
      Abstract: We aimed to study whether the varying changes in predation pressure by perch (Perca fluviatilis) reflect the biomass, density, and community structure of the benthic macroinvertebrates. Prey preference is size-dependent, and overall predation pressure is density dependent, and thus the size structure of the P. fluviatilis population should affect the structure of the macroinvertebrate community, and the population density of P. fluviatilis should reflect the overall density of benthic macroinvertebrates. We sampled the littoral benthic community in a boreal lake that had been divided into two parts that were subjected to two different fishing procedures during 2007–2012 period and analyzed the macroinvertebrate diet of fish. The benthic macroinvertebrate community reflected the predation pressure. Total macroinvertebrate biomass increased during the study period in the lake division with a non-size-selective fishing procedure (NSF), i.e., all invertivorous perch size-classes targeted, but decreased in the section with negatively size-selective fishing procedure (SSF), i.e., large invertivorous individuals ≥ 16 cm were not targeted. This difference was a result of the increase in large-sized species, such as Odonata, for the NSF procedure and decrease in the SSF procedure. In contrast to total biomass, total macroinvertebrate density did not show a response to predator size structure but rather total macroinvertebrate density decreased with increasing fish density. The study demonstrates the effect of predation pressure of P. fluviatilis on benthic communities, thus highlighting the keystone predator role of the species in boreal lakes and gives more insight on the multiple effects of fish predation on littoral benthic communities.
      PubDate: 2017-10-20
      DOI: 10.1007/s10452-017-9641-4
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