Periphyton: ecology, exploitation and management

M.E. Azim, M.C.J. Verdegem, A.A. van Dam, M.C.M. Beveridge

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Periphyton, as described in this book, refers to the entire complex of attached aquatic biota on submerged substrates, including associated non-attached organisms and detritus. Thus the periphyton community comprises bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, zooplankton and other invertebrates. Periphyton is important for various reasons: as a major contributor to carbon fixation and nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems; as an important source of food in aquatic systems; as an indicator of environmental change. It can also be managed to improve water quality in lakes and reservoirs; it can greatly increase aquaculture production; it can be used in waste water treatment. The book provides an international review of periphyton ecology, exploitation and management. The ecology part focuses on periphyton structure and function in natural systems. The exploitation part covers its nutritive qualities and utilization by organisms, particularly in aquaculture. The final part considers the use of periphyton for increasing aquatic production and its effects on water quality and animal health in culture systems.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWallingford, UK
PublisherCAB International
Number of pages319
ISBN (Print)9780851990965
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • aquaculture
  • detritus
  • microorganisms
  • aquatic invertebrates
  • aquatic environment
  • aquatic organisms
  • cycling
  • nutrients
  • carbon cycle
  • carbon sequestration
  • aquatic ecosystems

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