A two year study of planktonic and littoral microcrustaceans (Cladocera and Copepoda) from 15 lakes in the southeastern part of Norway, Østfold county, document the recovery of acidified lakes due to liming. Six lakes that where limed about 10 years ago, seven acid and two neutral reference lakes, were sampled twice a year (1998 and 1999). One acid lake was limed in autumn 1998. Qualitative nethaul samples from the deepest part of the lake and from the most frequent habitat in the littoral zone were used. The limed lakes had a species composition which indicates that these lakes are about to recover. Species associated with neutral lakes dominates while acid-tolerant species were rare. The acidsensitive species, Daphnia longispina and D. cristata, were found in the limed lakes. This study shows the usefulness of a low-cost sampling program where microcrustaceans are used as bioindicators of recovery.
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- Planktonic and Littoral Microcrustaceans as Indices of Recovery in Limed Lakes in SE Norway
Leif R. Karlsen
- Springer Netherlands