Phytoplankton, attached algae, and biofilms
This chapter gives a broad overview of freshwater algae in standing (lentic) and flowing (lotic) waters, with information on their morphological and taxonomic diversity. Algal communities are considered in relation to phytoplankton, substrate-attached and biofilm organisms. Methods are given for their collection, sample processing, enumeration, and biomass estimation in different aquatic situations. The relevance of these algae to human activities is considered particularly in relation to eutrophication of standing waters and the occurrence of harmful algal blooms. Control strategies to limit the growth of colonial blue-green algae are discussed within the context of an integrated management policy
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