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Spatial and temporal variations of aquatic macrophytes and water quality in six coastal lagoons of western Greece

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Abstract:

Aquatic macrophytes constitute a major component of lagoon ecosystems. These ecosystems show high primary productivity mainly as a result of the aquatic macrophyte community. The relationship between macrophyte abundance and water quality parameters was examined in six coastal lagoons of western Greece. In a total of 24 selected sampling sites, water depth, transparency, temperature, pH, DO, salinity and conductivity were measured. All the lagoons showed seasonal variations in water quality parameters and significant fluctuations of DO and salinity were observed in the Araxos lagoon. Seven macrophyte groups were identified by TWINSPAN analysis and NMDS. A CCA showed that depth and salinity play a key role in the presence or absence of species and in the structure of macrophyte assemblages. The findings may contribute to a better management strategy of lagoon ecosystems of Greece.

Keywords: GREECE; MACROPHYTES; MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS; SHALLOW MEDITERRANEAN LAGOONS; WATER QUALITY PARAMETERS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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