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International Journal on Algae
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ISSN Imprimer: 1521-9429
ISSN En ligne: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v9.i1.20
pages 22-40

Water quality and phytoplankton of major lentic water bodies of the northeastern region of Turkey (Erzurum vicinity)

Ersin Kivrak
Atatürk University, K. Karabekir Education Faculty, Department of Biology Education, 25240 Erzurum; and Afyonkarahisar Kocatepe University, Faculty of Education, Department of Biology Education, 03200 Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Hasan Gurbuz
Atatürk University, K. Karabekir Education Faculty, Department of Biology Education, 25240 Erzurum, Turkey
Zekeriya Altuner
Gaziosmanpasa University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Biology, 60200 Tokat, Turkey
Ali Sulun
Atatürk University, Faculty of Education, 24030 Erzincan, Turkey


This paper reports the results of a long-term research related to water quality, trophic status and phytoplankton species composition of major lentic water bodies in northeastern Turkey. Phytoplankton of studied water bodies consisted of 253 taxa from 79 genera belonging to Bacillariophyta, Chlorophyta, Cyanophyta, Euglenophyta, Dinophyta, and Chrysophyta. Bacillariophyta were generally dominant in the phytoplankton community of studied water bodies. Seasonal development of phytoplankton exhibited two peaks: one in late spring and the other one in autumn. The trophic status and water quality properties of the studied water bodies are discussed in detail in the text.

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