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Impact of a flood event on the planktonic food web of the Schelde estuary (Belgium) in spring 1998
Muylaert, K.; Vyverman, W. (2006). Impact of a flood event on the planktonic food web of the Schelde estuary (Belgium) in spring 1998. Hydrobiologia 559(1): 385-394.
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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    Flooding; Food webs; Intertidal environment; Phytoplankton; Zooplankton; Belgium, Zeeschelde [Marine Regions]; Brackish water; Fresh water
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    freshet; phytoplankton; zooplankton; microbial food web; river; freshwater tidal estuary

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    To evaluate the effect of short-term changes in discharge on plankton dynamics, a station in the upper reaches of the Schelde estuary was monitored during 1 month in spring 1998 with a sampling frequency of 1-2 days. During this monitoring period, a flood event occurred during which discharge increased about 5-fold. This flood event had a strong effect on the composition of the planktonic community. Rotifers were strongly negatively affected by the flood event while densities of heterotrophic nanoflagellates and scuticociliates increased. Chlorophyll a concentration and abundance of bacteria, oligotrich ciliates and crustacean zooplankton did not respond clearly to the flood event. Although the flood event lasted only a few days it took more than 2 weeks for the planktonic community to return to its original composition.

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