Seasonal Variations of Water Quality Parameters and Algal Flora of Tundzha (Tunca) River (Edirne, Turkey)


In this study which was performed in order to determine the seasonal variations of water quality parameters and algal flora of Tundzha River, samplings were made monthly from 5 different stations along the river. A total of 138 taxa from Chlorophyceae (65 taxa), Bacillariophyceae (46 taxa), Euglenophyta (13 taxa) and Cyanophyta and Charophyta (7 taxa) were found to represent the algal flora of the river. Diatoms were recorded to be the dominant group throughout the year in terms of biovolume. Station I was the richest station during the whole study in terms of species diversity and composition. The maximum abundance of phytoplanktonic community within this station was 3,459,313 cells.L-1, and Station IV was found to be richest station in terms of biovolume, with 2028.8 μg.L-1. The water quality of the river was found to be close to the 2nd and 3rd quality levels. 2nd and 3rd, and 1st and 3rd stations were found to be most similar to each other in terms of floristic compositions biovolume, respectively.

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Öterler, B. , Kirgiz, T. and Albay, M. (2014) Seasonal Variations of Water Quality Parameters and Algal Flora of Tundzha (Tunca) River (Edirne, Turkey). Open Journal of Ecology, 4, 807-819. doi: 10.4236/oje.2014.413069.

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