Responses of plankton communities to the introduction of grass carp into some Georgia ponds

Journal of Freshwater Ecology
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Abstract

Net plankton community structure and numbers were studied in soft-water, acidic ponds containing aquatic macrophytes, after introduction of the herbivorous grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The plankton communities in ponds with grass carp consisted of significantly fewer individuals, genera, and orders than did the communities in control ponds. Expected shifts from desirable to undesirable species of plankton did not occur. These results demonstrate that plankton blooms are not an inevitable result of stocking grass carp, and support the suggestion that macrophytes may be especially significant in nutrient cycling in soft-water, acidic systems.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Responses of plankton communities to the introduction of grass carp into some Georgia ponds
Series title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
DOI 10.1080/02705060.1982.9664058
Volume 1
Issue 4
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher Oikos Publishers
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 12 p.
First page 395
Last page 406
Country United States
State Georgia