Periphyton: Ecology, Exploitation and Management

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M. E. Azim, Marc C. J. Verdegem, Anne A. van Dam, Malcolm C. M. Beveridge
CABI, Nov 18, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 352 pages
The first comprehensive monograph on periphyton, this book contains contributions by scientists fromaround the globe. Multi-disciplinary in nature, it covers both basic and applied aspects of periphyton,and is applicable worldwide in natural, extensive and intensive managed systems.Periphyton, as described in this book, refers to the entire complex of attached aquatic biota on submergedsubstrates, including associated non-attached organisms and detritus. Thus the periphyton communitycomprises bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, zooplankton and other invertebrates. Periphyton is importantfor 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 alsobe 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. Theecology part focuses on periphyton structure and function in natural systems. The exploitation part coversits nutritive qualities and utilization by organisms, particularly in aquaculture. The final part considersthe use of periphyton for increasing aquatic production and its effects on water quality and animal healthin culture systems. This book will help scientists and entrepreneurs further understand the ecology andproduction of aquatic systems and venture into new and promising areas.

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Periphyton and Aquatic Production an Introduction
Periphyton Structure Diversity and Colonization
Periphyton Dynamics and Influencing Factors
Periphyton in the Aquatic Ecosystem and Food Webs
Periphyton in Freshwater Lakes and Wetlands
Utilization of Periphyton for Fish Production in Ponds a Systems Ecology Perspective
Adaptations to Feeding in Herbivorous Fish Cyprinidae and Cichlidae
Traditional Brush Park Fisheries in Natural Waters
Similarities between Microbial and Periphytic Biofilms in Aquaculture Systems
Periphytonbased Pond Polyculture
Research on Periphytonbased Aquaculture in India
Periphytonbased Cage Aquaculture
Utility of Added Substrates in Shrimp Culture
Importance of Periphyton in Abalone Culture
Periphytonbased Aquaculture in Asia Livelihoods and Sustainability
Periphyton Ecology Exploitation and Management Knowledge Gaps and Directions for Future Research

Periphyton as Biological Indicators in Managed Aquatic Ecosystems
Effect of Periphyton on Water Quality

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