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Record number 348759
Title On the way to cyanobacterial blooms: impact of the herbicide metribuzin on the competition between a green alga (Scenedesmus) and a cyanobacterium (Microcystis)
Author(s) Lürling, M.F.L.L.W.; Roessink, I.
Source Chemosphere 65 (2006)4. - ISSN 0045-6535 - p. 618 - 626.
Department(s) Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management
Alterra - Centre for Water and Climate
ALTERRA Wageningen UR
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2006
Keyword(s) fresh-water zooplankton - boreal forest lake - chlorophyll fluorescence - phytoplankton community - metsulfuron methyl - risk-assessment - flow-cytometry - daphnia-magna - hexazinone - toxicity
Abstract The hypothesis that exposure to a common and widely applied photosynthesis-inhibiting herbicide, metribuzin, would alter the outcome of the competitive battle between susceptible green algae (Scenedesmus obliquus) and tolerant cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa) was tested. In a long-term (17d) experiment, Scenedesmus and Microcystis populations as well as mixtures that started with different inoculum composition (i.e. 3:1, 1:1 and 1:3 Scenedesmus:Microcystis) were grown in the absence or presence of metribuzin (100mugl(-1)). In the absence of metribuzin, Scenedesmus was competitively superior and out-competed Microcystis regardless the initial composition of the mixed communities. However, this competitive outcome was reversed completely in the presence of metribuzin, where despite growth inhibition Microcystis became dominant. Hence, photosynthesis-inhibiting herbicides may not only affect algal community structure, but also provide cyanobacteria founder populations a window for dominance and thus play an important role in promoting cyanobacteria blooms.
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