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Qualitative characterization of aquatic environments using diatom life-form strategies
Kuhn, D.L.; Plafkin, J.L.; Cairns, Jr., J.; Lowe, R.L. (1981). Qualitative characterization of aquatic environments using diatom life-form strategies. Trans. Am. Microsc. Soc. 100(2): 165-182
In: Transactions of the American Microscopical Society. Blackwell Publishing: Lawrence, Kan., etc.,. ISSN 0003-0023, more
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Keywords
    Adaptation; Communities; Composition; Diatoms; Ecological succession; Ecosystems; Environmental conditions; Indicators; Lakes; Bacillariophyceae [WoRMS]; USA, Virginia [Marine Regions]; USA, Virginia, Smith Mountain L. [Marine Regions]; Fresh water

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  • Kuhn, D.L.
  • Plafkin, J.L.
  • Cairns, Jr., J.
  • Lowe, R.L.

Abstract
    Diatom associations collected from polyurethane foam (PF) substrateswere surveyed through time along a nutrient enrichment gradient in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. A qualititive model is proposed which emphasizes the adoptive characteristics, or life-form strategies, of the most abundant diatoms in an association and relates them to generalized environmental conditions. The model provides a framework for readily describing complex habitat variations within the lake and supplies a means of interpreting successional changes occurring on the substrates.

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