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Changes in particulate organic matter passing through a large shallow lowland lake.


Particulate organic matter (POM) and dissolved organic matter (DOM) are the two fractions in which organic matter occurs in water bodies. Usually, these fractions have operative definitions: any organic material that does not pass through a particular filter is termed POM and the material that passes through a filter is termed DOM (Volkman and Tanoue, 2002). Commonly used filters for separating POM and DOM include glass fibre filters (GF/F), silver membrane fibres, or nitrocellulose filters.

In water bodies, POM consists of live planktonic, periphytic, and benthic microorganisms as well as dead organic matter that originates from the excrements and decay of various organisms. In streams and lakes of the temperate and boreal climate regions, the concentration of POM is usually lower than that of DOM (Niemirycz et al., 2006; Sobek et al., 2007; Tranvik et al., 2009). As it can be ingested by different metazoans POM enters the food web directly whereas DOM is utilized mainly via the microbial loop (Sobczak et al., 2002; Stutter et al., 2007; Drummond et al., 2014). In rivers, POM consists of autochthonous matter, originating in the stream biotic complex, and allochthonous matter, arriving from the catchment area, especially during snow melt or heavy rainfalls (Aufdenkampe et al., 2011). Transport of POM from the catchment is influenced by bedrock, soils (Chen and Jia, 2009), local climate conditions (Brooks et al., 2007), hydrology, and riverbank vegetation, but also by human activities (Rask et al., 1998; Ford and Fox, 2014). In many rivers, detrital matter constitutes the largest part of the POM (Vannote et al., 1980; Wallace et al., 1997; Drummond et al., 2014). Thorp and Delong (2002) suggested that algal derived carbon has more energy per unit mass compared with allochthonous carbon. Besides, algal cells contain labile forms of mineral and organic nutrients (Vieira and Myklestad, 1986; Malzahn et al., 2007). Riverine phytoplankton, consisting mostly of small-celled cryptophytes and diatoms (Sobczak et al., 2002; Piirsoo et al., 2007), the latter often originating in periphyton, are easily assimilated by aquatic invertebrates, especially collector-gatherers and filter feeders (Webster et al., 1999).

In lakes, POM is mainly derived from phytoplankton and the detritus originating from the decay of macrophytes (Boers and Boon, 1988). Cyanobacteria are increasingly becoming the dominating phytoplankton group in shallow lakes (Kosten et al., 2012; Noges and Tuvikene, 2012); however, as they are not the preferred food for zooplankton, cyanobacteria fuel the microbial loop (Zingel et al., 2007) and the benthic food web (Cremona et al., 2014b). Therefore, differences in the composition and biomass of algal species between lakes and rivers may have a significant impact on the food webs in these systems.

Phytoplankton as a live component of POM has been distinguished from detrital matter by measuring a labile chemical marker such as chlorophyll a (Chl a) (Marker and Gunn, 1977; Savoye et al., 2012), adenosine triphosphate (ATP) (Noges, 1989), and the C : N ratio (Taylor and Roff, 1984). However, also detailed information on phytoplankton composition has a great value for predicting the pathways of organic matter in food webs (Caroni et al., 2012), especially in the areas influenced by river inputs (Harmelin-Vivien et al., 2008). Streams and rivers are important interfaces between the mainland and lakes because they transport a wide range of organic carbon forms of different reactivity. In the present study, we used a combination of algal species composition, concentrations of Chl a, particulate organic carbon (POC, as a measure of POM), and seston (organisms and non-living matter) to assess the role of a shallow lowland lake in changing the proportions of classical and detrital food webs in connected streams.

The aims of this study were (i) to assess the main factors that control the concentrations and relative importance of phytoplanktonic versus detrital POM in rivers before and after passing a shallow eutrophic lake and (ii) to predict the potential impact of different species compositions of phytoplankton in the inflows and in the outflow on the food web structure in these systems. We set the following working hypothesis: considering that phytoplankton is assumingly more essential in lakes than in rivers, the relative importance of phytoplankton-based food chains versus detritus-based food chains is greater in the outflow compared with the inflows.


The study was carried out in the five largest inflows and in the outflow of Lake Vortsjarv in southern Estonia (north-eastern Europe), which belongs to the southern boreal forest zone (Fig. 1). The lake and its catchment (3104 k[m.sup.2]) are located in a flat lowland. Vortsjarv is a large (270 k[m.sup.2]) eutrophic and very shallow (average depth 2.8 m) lake characterized by both seasonally and annually strongly fluctuating water level. Strong resuspension of bottom sediments due to shallowness and a large wind-exposed area cause high water turbidity (Secchi depth 0.5-1 m) (Kisand and Noges, 2004). A detailed description of the lake is provided by Noges and Noges (2012).

The largest inflow to Vortsjarv, the Vaike Emajogi, contributes 41% of the total riverine water discharge to the lake (Noges et al., 2008a). The other inflows are the Ohne, Tanassilma, Tarvastu, and Konguta (Fig. 1). The lengths of the inflows vary from 17 to 104 km and the catchment areas from 100 to 1291 k[m.sup.2]. The Vaike Emajogi and the Ohne originate in lakes, and the Tarvastu, Tanassilma, and Konguta streams rise from wetland or boggy areas. The average flow velocity in the lower course of the Vaike Emajogi is <0.1 m [s.sup.-1] with an average retention time of more than two weeks. The flow velocity of the other inflows is 0.1-0.3 m [s.sup.-1] (Jarvekulg, 2001).

Luvisols are the dominant catchment soil type of the streams falling into Vortsjarv from the north, north-east, and west; podzols prevail in the southern and southwestern catchment parts while regosols are represented with an appreciable proportion only in the Vaike Emajogi catchment (Fig. 1). Fine sediments with prevailing silt and sand dominate in the lower course of the stream bottom, which is overlaid by mud or organic-rich silt in places (Miidel, 2004; Miidel et al., 2004).

Among macrophytes, the emergent Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud., the floating-leaved Nuphar lutea (L.), and the helophyte Sparganium emersum Rehm. dominate. Besides these, green filamentous macroalgae from the genus Cladophora are abundant in the Vaike Emajogi and Tarvastu, while the water moss Fontinalis antipyretica Hedw. spreads on the bottom stones of the Ohne and Tarvastu.

The outflowing Emajogi is characterized by a very small mean stream gradient of 0.04 m km-1 (Loopmann, 1979). Its water exhibits the integrated characteristics of Vortsjarv.



Water samples were collected monthly from February 2008 to December 2011 from the lower course of the inflows and from the upper course of the outflow of Vortsjarv (Fig. 1). We took one-litre samples from a depth of 0.1 m from the thalweg, stored them in polyethylene bottles in the dark at 4[degrees]C, and made chemical analyses within 24 h. Water temperature, pH, and electrical conductivity were measured in situ with a multisensor F/SET WTW (Wissenschaftlich-Technische Werkstatten GmbH, Germany). In 2008-2009 phyto-plankton was sampled into one-litre bottles and was preserved with the acid Lugol solution.

Laboratory work

We analysed phytoplankton samples according to the European standard EN 15204 (2006) using an inverted differential interference contrast microscope Nikon Eclipse [T.sub.i]. The samples were left to settle in 2.5-10 mL UtermOhl (1958) chambers for 24 h. To obtain reliable estimates of the number of organisms, approximately 100 individuals from each most abundant species or at least 500 individuals in total were counted per sample, yielding a standard error of less than [+ or -]10% for the total count (Laslett et al., 1997). A detailed description of phytoplankton counting and biomass calculation is given in (Piirsoo et al., 2008). The wet weight biomass of phytoplankton (PB) was expressed in units of mg [L.sup.-1]. The species richness of phytoplankton was expressed by the number of taxa (PT).

For Chl a ([micro]g [L.sup.-1]), 0.1-0.3 L of water was passed through a Whatman GF/F glass microfibre filter, and the concentrations were measured spectrophotometrically (Edler, 1979) at wavelengths of 665, 647, and 630 nm from 96% ethanol extracts of the filters according to the international standard ISO 10260 (1992).

For total suspended matter (TSM, mg [L.sup.-1]), as a measure of seston, 0.2-0.6 L of water was passed through a pre-weighed Whatman GF/F filter. The concentration of the TSM was calculated from the difference in dried filter weight before and after the filtration procedure according to APHA (1989).

Determination of carbon compounds in water samples was based on the oxidation of organic compounds into carbon dioxide (C[O.sub.2]), which was then detected quantitatively. The amount of POC was used as the carbon equivalent of POM and was calculated as the difference in the measured total organic carbon (TOC) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations. A thorough description of the method can be found in (Piirsoo et al., 2012).

The concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus, and silicon compounds were analysed from unfiltered water samples using standard methods (Grasshoff et al., 1999). The samples were digested with persulphate to determine total nitrogen (Tot-N, mg [L.sup.-1]) as well as total phosphorus (Tot-P, mg [L.sup.-1]). The concentration of Tot-N was determined by the cadmium reduction method. The formed highly coloured azo dye was measured by a spectrophotometer at 545 nm. The Tot-P concentration was determined by the ascorbic acid method, and the absorbance of the solution was measured at 880 nm. The concentration of dissolved silica compounds (DSi, mg [L.sup.-1]) was determined by treating an acidified water sample with a molybdate reagent. The absorbance of the formed solution of the blue silicomolybdic complex was measured at 810 nm (Grasshoff et al., 1999). The data were added to the hydrochemical database of the inflows and the outflow of Lake Vortsjarv (Vilbaste et al., 2015).

Data collection

River discharges ([m.sup.3] [s.sup.-1]) were calculated by multiplying the daily flows measured at the gauging stations by the coefficients that consider the gauged proportions of the river basins (Jarvet, 2005). The water discharge data at the gauging stations and the monthly precipitation data at the Tartu-Toravere weather station were provided by the Estonian Environment Agency.

The proportions of the different soil types within the river basins were calculated using a 1 : 10 000 scale digital soil map of Estonia (Maa-amet, 2001). The data on aquatic macrophytes for the summer period and the invertebrate data for the spring period in the inflows were obtained from the reports of the Estonian national monitoring programme (

Statistical methods

We used STATISTICA 12 for Windows (Dell Inc., 2015) to analyse the data. The nonparametric Mann--Whitney U test was used to assess differences in the phytoplankton, POC, and hydrochemical characteristics between the inflows and the outflow. The Kruskal--Wallis ANOVA and median test were used to assess differences between the five inflows. The Spearman's Rank Order correlation was used to find relationships between the studied variables. The Kendall Seasonal Trend (K-S) test (Kendall, 1975; Hirsch et al., 1982; Hirsch and Slack, 1984) was used to characterize inter-annual changes in the phytoplankton and POC parameters; p < 0.05 was accepted as significant for all tests.


The Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA and median test showed that the five inflows of Vortsjarv did not differ statistically with respect to phytoplankton biomass, Chl a, or POC concentration and, hence, the data for the inflows were pooled. However, significant differences (p < 0.5) were noted between the inflows and the outflow. In the inflows, conductivity and nutrient concentrations (Tot-N, Tot-P, and DSi) were higher and the phytoplankton and chemical parameters exhibited broader ranges compared with the corresponding parameters for the outflow (Table 1). Phytoplankton biomass, POC, TSM, and pH were higher in the outflow (p < 0.5). The TOC concentrations did not differ significantly between the inflows and the outflow; however, the variation in TOC was five times lower in the outflow.

The seasonal dynamics of phytoplankton and POC were similar for the inflows with the highest values of phytoplankton biomass and the Chl a : POC ratio for summer (June-August) (Table 2, Fig. 2). However, significant differences (p < 0.5) were noted between the inflows and the outflow. The highest percentage of POC in TOC occurred in the inflows in winter (December-February). In the outflow, the richest phytoplankton, the highest Chl a and POC concentrations, and the highest percentage of POC in TOC occurred in late summer or autumn (Table 2, Fig. 2).

The composition of the phytoplankton community in the inflows and in the outflow had hardly any overlap. In the inflows, planktonic cryptophytes from the genera Cryptomonas and Rhodomonas dominated in the biomass for most of the year. Additionally, in spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November), the diatom Nitzschia acicularis (Kutzing) W. Smith and the chrysophytes Synura cf. uvella Stein em. Korschikov and Dinobryon sertularia Ehrenberg appeared in the water column. In summer, planktonic chlorophytes from the genera Monoraphidium and Scenedesmus and dinoflagellates from the genus Peridinium were present. Occasionally, the pseudoplanktonic diatom Melosira varians C.A. Agardh and the epiphytic/epilithic diatoms Cocconeis placentula Ehrenberg and Gomponema parvulum (Kutzing) Kutzing were washed into the water column.

In the outflow, the species composition of phytoplankton was quite homogeneous with filamentous cyanobacteria Limnothix redekei (van Goor) Meffert, L. planktonica (Woloszynska) Meffert, and Planktolyngbya limnetica (Lemmermann) Komarkova-Legnerova et Cronberg dominating throughout the year. The cyanobacteria were accompanied by centric diatoms from the genus Aulacoseira in spring. Over the four-year period, inter-annual differences in POC and phytoplankton parameters were not significant.

Correlations between the studied variables were generally weaker for the inflows (Table 3) than for the outflow (Table 4). For the inflows, POC showed no significant relationships with any phytoplankton parameter and was positively correlated only with the amount of precipitation and negatively with Tot-N. The same two correlations were valid also for the outflow where, in addition, POC correlated positively with temperature, TSM, phytoplankton biomass, Chl a, and Tot-P, and negatively with DSi. Inflowing TSM was positively correlated with conductivity, TOC, all phytoplankton parameters, and both main nutrients, and negatively with discharge. Inflowing TSM was also correlated with soil types: positively with the percentage of histosols and podzols, and negatively with the percentage of regosols and luvisols in the catchment area (Table 3). For the outflow, TSM was also correlated positively with the amount of precipitation, temperature, POC, Tot-P, and all phytoplankton parameters, and negatively with Tot-N, DSi, and conductivity. The Chl a concentration had positive correlations with temperature, pH, and Tot-P and negative correlations with Tot-N, DSi, and discharge, both for the inflows and for the outflow.


Species composition and Chl a

Our results demonstrate significant differences in the phytoplankton composition between the inflows and the outflow of Lake Vortsjarv. In the inflows, algae with a high surface-to-volume ratio and a rapid growth strategy were dominating. Domination of diatoms in spring and the increased proportion of small flagellates with a large variety of chlorophytes in summer are typical of streams and rivers of the temperate climate region (Reynolds et al., 1994; Tipping et al., 1997). These small crypto- and dinophytes, as well as spindle-shaped chlorophytes, being predominantly r-strategists according to Reynolds (1988), are able to sustain riverine conditions. The hydrological conditions of the major inflow of Vortsjarv with an average retention time of more than two weeks are favourable for phytoplankton development as this period exceeds the maximum generation time of planktonic algae, i.e. two days (Reynolds, 2006). In addition, numerous tychoplanktonic algae in the inflows of Vortsjarv may survive in the bottom sediments or maintain their growth in backwaters (Reynolds et al., 1994). The inflows of Vortsjarv are also rich in the macrophytes Phragmites australis and Nuphar lutea, which suppress riverine turbulence and create an undisturbed habitat for invertebrates as well as provide a substrate for many epiphytic algae (Piirsoo et al., 2007; Vesterinen et al., 2016). However, both functional groups of algae are highly susceptible to grazing pressure by primary consumers, i.e. benthic invertebrates (Reynolds, 2006). According to monitoring reports, the filter-feeders Unio pictorum L., U. crassus Philipsson, and Pisidium sp., as well as the omnivorous larvae of Chironomus spp. are numerous in the inflows of Vortsjarv. The small planktonic and attached microalgae in the inflows, the so-called live component of POM, serve as additional food for benthic invertebrates, especially in summer.

Low Chl a values (Koch et al., 2006; Stutter et al., 2007; Cai et al., 2008; Table 5) and a less than 10% phytoplankton contribution to POM (Lobbes et al., 2000; Wetzel, 2001) have been reported for many rivers of the arctic and temperate climate regions and are in line with our findings for the inflows of Vortsjarv. In very large rivers, Chl a values can be much higher (Table 5) and the contribution of phytoplankton to POM is comparable to that of lakes, reaching 50% (Bianchi, 2007; Bukaveckas et al., 2011). In the inflows of Vortsjarv, high summer and low winter values of Chl a (Table 2) indicate high photosynthetic activity during the warm season and the domination of the dead pool of POM during the cold season. The positive correlations of Chl a with temperature and Tot-P found in our study are consistent with some other studies (Basu and Pick, 1997; Yin et al., 2000; Bukaveckas et al., 2011). The negative correlation between Chl a and Tot-N (Table 3) is spurious and rather reflects a common dependence of these variables on discharge.

Phytoplankton biomass was negatively correlated with inflow discharge (Table 3); this result is consistent with the results of other studies (Reynolds, 1988; Everbecq et al., 2001; Putland et al., 2014). It can be explained by a reduction in the retention time as well as by a dilution effect due to increased discharge. The seasonal dynamics of DSi with a maximum concentration in winter accords with earlier results for the largest inflow of Vortsjarv (Noges et al., 2008a). The negative correlation between phytoplankton parameters and DSi concentration both for the inflows and for the outflow can probably be explained by the intensive development of diatoms in spring.

The relatively high electrical conductivity of the inflows of Vortsjarv (Table 1) reflects the geochemistry of their catchments rich in Silurian carbonates, which is amplified by the relatively large proportion (24-40%) of highly mineralized groundwater in the average discharge of the inflows (Eipre, 1981). The lower conductivity in the outflow is attributable to calcite precipitation in the lake at increased pH resulting from photosynthesis.

Vortsjarv represents the most common 'shallow lake' type in the world (Downing et al., 2006) with turbid water and a high phytoplankton biomass (Scheffer et al., 1993; Noges and Tuvikene, 2012). The negative correlation between the outflow discharge and Chl a (Table 4) is caused by the large time lag between the spring flood peak, occurring around ice breakup, and the phytoplankton peak that forms during the summer low flow period. It has earlier been described as a negative relationship between water level and PB in this lake (Noges and Tuvikene, 2012).

Algal growth in Vortsjarv is largely dependent on nutrients via the resuspension processes (Noges et al., 2004). Filamentous cyanobacteria, dominating in the outflow, are tolerant of light-limited conditions in turbid lakes. Besides, they are resistant to the grazing pressure of primary consumers (Reynolds, 2006). As a result, most of the primary production in Vortsjarv provided by phytoplankton enters the decomposition pathway and, through the microbial loop, fuels the benthic consumers at low metazooplankton abundance (Zingel et al., 2007; Cremona et al., 2014b). The positive correlation between PB and POC concentration (Table 4) suggests that phytoplankton is an important component of POC in Vortsjarv. The concentrations of Tot-P and Tot-N in the outflow coincide with average long-time values for Vortsjarv (Noges et al., 2008b). The positive correlations of phytoplankton with Tot-P and temperature and the negative correlation with Tot-N for the outflow (Table 4) are consistent with the results of earlier studies in Vortsjarv (Noges et al., 2008b).

Concentrations of POC and TSM

In running waters, POC concentrations usually range from 1 to 30 mg [L.sup.-1], with a world average of 5 mg [L.sup.-1] but with considerable spatial and temporal variability (Tipping et al., 1997; Kendall et al., 2001). In small to large rivers, the major source of POM is detrital matter derived from the soil (Barth et al., 1998; Chen and Jia, 2009) while in very large rivers, plankton can be the major source of POM (Kendall et al., 2001; Bukaveckas et al., 2011).

The mean values of POC for the inflows of Vortsjarv are comparable to those reported for some large rivers (Hein et al., 2003; Bukaveckas et al., 2011; Panagiotopoulos et al., 2012) but are considerably higher than those reported for several other European, North American, and Asian rivers in the temperate climate region (Table 5). The high POC concentration in the inflows of Vortsjarv can be explained by the relatively large proportion of mud and organic-rich silt in the sediments (Miidel et al., 2004) as well as by the presence of detritus derived from the decay of abundant macrophytes, e.g. Phragmites australis, Nuphar lutea, and the green macroalga Cladophora. Extremely high POC concentrations are characteristic of large subtropical rivers in the semiarid region during the monsoon season (Brooks et al., 2007; Table 5). In the inflows of Vortsjarv, POC made up about 10% of TOC (Table 1) and was positively correlated with the amount of precipitation (Table 3). The erosion flow caused by surface runoff is most likely the mechanism behind the positive relationship between POC and water discharge (Hein et al., 2003).

The about twice as high mean value of POC in the outflow compared with the inflows (Table 1) can be accounted for by the high phytoplankton biomass, turbidity, and resuspension in Vortsjarv. The summer peaks of POC coincide with low-water periods (Cremona et al., 2014a).

The high Chl a : POC ratio for the outflow suggests a labile nature of POM in Vortsjarv. The instability of the different types of POM ranks as follows: phytoplankton [greater than or equal to] litter >> soil (Etcheber et al., 2007). Algal-derived labile POM containing e.g. fatty acids and proteins (Malzahn et al., 2007) can therefore be rapidly consumed by benthic communities (Drummond et al., 2014).

The TSM as an indirect metric of water clarity is one of the most variable characteristics of water bodies with an annual variation from 1 to 10 000 mg [L.sup.-1] (Thomas and Meybeck, 1996). Soil leaching is the major source of TSM (Lobbes et al., 2000). Our TSM results (5.5-15.0 mg [L.sup.-1]) are within the range of the values measured in other rivers of the boreal and temperate climate regions (Gebhardt et al., 2004; Neal et al., 2006; Dawson et al., 2012; Table 5). Extremely low TSM values are characteristic of lowland rivers of the arctic and boreal climate regions (Thomas and Meybeck, 1996), e.g. Finnish brooks with low erosion in the catchment (Mattsson et al., 2003; Table 5). High TSM values in rivers are first of all related with major flood events (Kendall et al., 2001; Bianchi et al., 2007; Panagiotopoulos et al., 2012; Table 5).


* The concentration of Chl a and the Chl a : POC ratio, and hence the share of phytoplankton, peaked in the inflows in summer and in the outflow in autumn. Considerably higher Chl a as well as the higher Chl a : POC and POC : TOC ratios in the outflow compared with the inflows indicate the lake's substantial contribution to the live component of POM. The weaker correlations between phytoplankton and environmental variables for the inflows compared with the outflow indicate the higher spatial heterogeneity of riverine versus lacustrine ecosystems.

* Contrary to our working hypothesis, the observed change in the phytoplankton composition towards a higher share of cyanobacteria potentially increases the domination of the detritus-based food chain in the outflow compared to the inflows.


This study was supported by the institutional research funding (IUT 21-2) of the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and by the MARS project 'Managing Aquatic Ecosystems and Water Resources under Multiple Stress' funded under the 7th EU Framework Programme, Theme 6 'Environment including climate change' (Contract No. 603378). We are grateful to Dr. Jonne Kotta and to the two anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on the manuscript. Mrs Ester Jaigma kindly revised the English text of the manuscript. The publication costs of this article were covered by the Estonian Academy of Sciences.


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Partikulaarse orgaanilise aine muutused labiminekul suurest madalast jarvest

Kai Piirsoo, Alo Laas, Pille Meinson, Peeter Noges, Peeter Pall, Malle Viik, Sirje Vilbaste ja Tiina Noges

Too eesmark oli: 1) uurida peamisi keskkonnategureid, mis mojutavad nii partikulaarse orgaanilise aine (POA) kontsentratsiooni kui ka POA koostisse kuuluva futoplanktoni ja lagunenud orgaanilise aine (detriidi) omavahelist suhet madala eutroofse jarve sissevooludes ning valjavoolus; 2) hinnata futoplanktoni kui POA olulise komponendi moju toiduahelale jogedes ja jarvedes.

Too hupotees oli, et kuna vooluvetega vorreldes on futoplanktoni biomass madalates jarvedes tunduvalt suurem, domineerib jarvedes futoplanktonil baseeruv toiduahel ja jogedes detriidil baseeruv toiduahel.

Veeproovid ja futoplanktoni materjal koguti igakuiselt Vortsjarve viie suurema sissevoolu (Vaike Emajogi, Ohne, Tanassilma, Tarvastu, Konguta) alamjooksult ning valjavoolu (Emajogi) ulemjooksult vastavalt aastail 2008-2011 ja 2008-2009 (joon 1).

Uuringu pohjal voib jareldada: 1) Vortsjarve sissevoolude futoplanktonis domineerisid krupto-, dino- ja klorofuudid ning epifuutsed ranivetikad, mis vaikeste mootmete tottu on potentsiaalseks lisatoiduallikaks madalaveeliste jogede pohjaloomastikule eriti vetikate suvisel maksimumperioodil (biomass 0,7 mg [L.sup.-1], klorofull a sisaldus 4,6 [micro]g [L.sup.-1]; tabel 2, joon 2); 2) POA keskmine kontsentratsioon Vortsjarve valjavoolus (3,5 mg [L.sup.-1]) oli ligikaudu kaks korda suurem kui sissevooludes (1,8 mg [L.sup.-1]; tabel 1) ja selle peamiseks pohjuseks oli futoplanktoni suur biomass jarves (keskmine 20,0 mg [L.sup.-1], klorofull a sisaldus 25,3 [micro]g [L.sup.-1]; tabel 1). Valjavoolus domineerisid eutroofsetele jarvedele iseloomulikud tsuanobakterid perekonnast Limnothix ja Planktolyngbya ning nende biomassi maksimum (38,6 mg [L.sup.-1], klorofull a sisaldus 34,4 [micro]g [L.sup.-1]; tabel 2, joon 2) langes kokku POA suure kontsentratsiooniga (5,5 mg [L.sup.-1]) hilissuvel ja sugisel (tabel 2, joonis 2). Positiivne korrelatsioon futoplanktoni biomassi ja POA vahel (r = 0,52, tabel 4) naitas futoplanktoni olulisust POA koostises, kuid jarves on niitjad tsuanobakterid tarbitavad mitte otseselt, vaid detriidil baseeruva toiduahela kaudu; 3) vaikesed korrelatsiooninaitajad nii POA kui ka futoplanktoni biomassi ja keskkonnatingimuste vahel sissevooludes annavad jarvede okosusteemidega vorreldes (tabelid 3 ja 4) tunnistust vooluvete okosusteemide suuremast heterogeensusest

Vastupidiselt toos pustitatud hupoteesile domineerib madalates eutroofsetes jarvedes niitjate tsuanobakterite rohkuse tottu detriidil baseeruv toiduahel. Vaikesemootmeliste vetikate rohkuse parast on vooluvetes suhteliselt suurema tahtsusega vetikatel baseeruv toiduahel. Seega mojutavad vetikate koosseis ja biomass seisu- ning vooluvete okosusteemide toiduahelaid erinevalt.

Kai Piirsoo (*), Alo Laas, Pille Meinson, Peeter Noges, Peeter Pall, Malle Viik, Sirje Vilbaste, and Tiina Noges

Centre for Limnology, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 5D, 51014 Tartu, Estonia

(*) Corresponding author,

Received 30 June 2017, revised 5 January 2018, accepted 8 January 2018, available online 13 February 2018
Table 1. Minimum, maximum, and median values of the phytoplankton and
environmental parameters of the inflows and the outflow of Lake
Vortsjarv for 2008-2011. Abbreviations: n--number of samples;
TSM--total suspended matter; POC--particulate organic carbon;
TOC--total organic carbon; PB--phytoplankton biomass; PT--number of
taxa; Tot-N--total nitrogen; Tot-P--total phosphorus; DSi--dissolved
silica; Cond--electric conductivity; Disch--discharge;

Parameter           Unit                         Inflows
                                          n      Min-Max       Median

TSM                 mg [L.sup.-1]         197    0.4-32.2      4.4
POC                 mg [L.sup.-1]         247    0.1-26.2      1.8
TOC                 mg [L.sup.-1]         247    3.5-56.0     18.6
POC : TOC           %                     247   <1-80         10
Chl a               [micro]g [L.sup.-1]   224    0.04-49.3     2.2
Chl a : POC x 1000                        247   <0.1-132       1
PB                  mg [L.sup.-1]         127   <0.1-8.9       0.4
PT                                        127    2-40         16
Tot-N               mg [L.sup.-1]         248    0.5-11.0      2.1
Tot-P               mg [L.sup.-1]         248    0.03-0.23     0.06
DSi                 mg [L.sup.-1]         149    0.9-5.5       2.9
pH                                        244    7.1-8.4       7.9
Cond                [mu]S cm-1            248  210-748       464
Disch               [m.sup.3] [s.sup.-1]  200    0.1-56.6      3.2
Precip              mm                     48   10.5-165      52.9

Parameter                   Outflow
                      n     Min-Max     Median

TSM                   41    1.5-44.5    12.8
POC                   51    0.2-17.5     3.5
TOC                   51   12.9-36.2    20.0
POC : TOC             51    1-48        17
Chl a                 51    1.6-60.0    25.3
Chl a : POC x 1000    51    0.2-138      7
PB                    27    2.5-66.0    20.0
PT                    27   10-60        28
Tot-N                 51    0.9-2.3      1.5
Tot-P                 51    0.02-0.09    0.04
DSi                   51    0.2-7.3      2.2
pH                    51    7.7-9.9      8.4
Cond                  51  288-428      360
Disch                 51    5.5-57.0    35.0

Table 2. Seasonal median values of the phytoplankton and nutrient
parameters in the inflows and the outflow of Lake Vortsjarv for
2008-2011. For abbreviations and units, see Table 1

Parameter                     Median values for inflows
                     Spring   Summer   Autumn    Winter    Spring

TSM                  4.9      5.4      4.0       3.6       7.3
POC                  1.2      1.9      2.0       2.0       2.5
POC : TOC            8       10       10        12        13
Chl a                2.0      4.6      2.4       0.4       8.7
Chl a : POC x 1000   2        3        1         0.2       7
PB                   0.5      0.7      0.3       0.1      14.7
PT                   16       22       17       10        31
Tot-N                2.3      1.5      1.9       2.9       1.7
Tot-P                0.06     0.08     0.06      0.06      0.04
DSi                  2.5      2.5      3.0       3.6       2.6

Parameter             Median values for outflow
                      Summer    Autumn    Winter

TSM                   30.1      18.2      4.0
POC                   5.5        5.0      2.7
POC : TOC            25         21       15
Chl a                30.7       34.4     11.6
Chl a : POC x 1000    6          9        6
PB                   38.6       36.8     10.0
PT                   32         27       18
Tot-N                 1.1        1.3      1.5
Tot-P                 0.06       0.05     0.04
DSi                   0.9        1.8      2.5

Table 3. Spearman correlation coefficients of TSM, POC, and
phytoplankton parameters with the environmental characteristics in the
inflows of Lake Vortsjarv for 2008-2011. For abbreviations, see
Table 1; n.s.--not significant; absolute value of R > 0.50 is marked in

            TSM    POC     Chl a   PB      PT

POC         n.s.
Chl a       0.39   n.s.
PB          0.34   n.s.    0.86
PT          0.44   n.s.    0.63    0.68
Tot-N       0.17  -0.13   -0.32   -0.29   -0.19
Tot-P       0.42   n.s.    0.23    n.s.    0.19
DSi         n.s.   n.s.   -0.54   -0.70   -0.43
pH          n.s.   n.s.    0.19    n.s.    n.s.
Precip      n.s.   0.20    n.s.    n.s.    n.s.
Temp        n.s.   n.s.    0.80    0.69    0.51
Cond        0.21   n.s.    n.s.    n.s.    n.s.
Disch      -0.16   n.s.   -0.22   -0.21    n.s.
TOC         0.17   0.20    n.s.    0.18    0.27
Luvisols   -0.17   n.s.    n.s.    n.s.   -0.30
Podzols     0.17   n.s.    n.s.    n.s.    0.30
Histosols   0.32   n.s.    n.s.    n.s.    n.s.
Regosols   -0.35   n.s.    n.s.    n.s.    n.s.

Table 4. Spearman correlation coefficients of TSM, POC, and
phytoplankton parameters with the environmental characteristics in the
outflow of Lake Vortsjarv for 2008-2011. For abbreviations, see
Table 1; n.s.--not significant; absolute value of R > 0.50 is marked in

           TSM     POC     Chl a   PB      PT

POC        0.50
Chl a      0.88
PB         0.80    0.51
PT         0.57    0.52    0.82
Tot-N     -0.42    n.s.    n.s.    n.s.    n.s.
Tot-P      0.80   -0.28   -0.44   -0.59    0.46
DSi       -0.81    0.34    0.74    0.72   -0.44
pH         0.63   -0.41   -0.50   -0.71    0.52
Precip     0.48    n.s.    0.58    0.64    n.s.
Temp       0.65    0.39    0.51    n.s.    n.s.
Cond      -0.48    0.34    0.64    0.66    n.s.
Disch      n.s.    n.s.   -0.53    n.s.    n.s.
TOC        0.67    n.s.   -0.41    n.s.    n.s.
                   0.64    0.64    0.71

Table 5. Comparison of TSM, POC, and Chi a in small, large, and very
large rivers; annual mean values are marked in bold; (*) summer data.
For abbreviations and units, see Table 1

River and study years                         Climate region

Brooks and small rivers
Inflows of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011       Temperate
Outflow of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011       Temperate
Chena river basin, USA 2005-2006              Arctic
Brooks, Finland 1997-1999                     Boreal
Humber river basin, UK 1993-1995              Temperate
Humber river basin, UK 1993-2005              Temperate
Thames river basin, UK 1993-2005              Temperate
Dee river basin, UK 1992-1993                 Temperate
Dee river basin, UK 2004-2005                 Temperate
Dee river basin, UK 2008                      Temperate
Don river basin, UK 1992-1993                 Temperate
Glen Dye river basin, UK 1996-1998            Temperate
Hudson river basin, USA 1998-2000             Temperate
Hudson river basin, USA 2003                  Temperate
Large and very large rivers
Russian rivers (n = 12) 1994-1995             Arctic
Lena, Russia 2009-2011                        Arctic
Ob, Russia 2001                               Arctic-boreal
Yenisei, Russia 2001                          Boreal
Danube, Austria 1997-1998                     Temperate
Garonne, France 1976-1996                     Temperate
Rhone, France 2007-2009                       Temperate
St. Lawrence, Canada 1994-1996                Temperate
St. Lawrence, Canada 1998-2003                Temperate
Missouri, USA 2004-2006                       Temperate
Ohio, USA 1999                                Temperate
Tennessee, USA 1999                           Temperate
Cumberland, USA 1999                          Temperate
Upper Mississippi, USA 2004-2006              Temperate
Mississippi, Colorado, Rio Grande, 1996-1997  Subtropical
Lower Mississippi, USA 2003-2004              Subtropical
San Pedro, USA 2001-2002                      Subtropical

River and study years                             TSM

Brooks and small rivers
Inflows of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011            4.4
Outflow of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011           12.8
Chena river basin, USA 2005-2006                  10.5
Brooks, Finland 1997-1999                          0.7
Humber river basin, UK 1993-1995
Humber river basin, UK 1993-2005                (*)2.8-13.9
Thames river basin, UK 1993-2005                (*)2.8-11.1
Dee river basin, UK 1992-1993
Dee river basin, UK 2004-2005
Dee river basin, UK 2008                        (*)0.2-1.2
Don river basin, UK 1992-1993
Glen Dye river basin, UK 1996-1998
Hudson river basin, USA 1998-2000
Hudson river basin, USA 2003
Large and very large rivers
Russian rivers (n = 12) 1994-1995
Lena, Russia 2009-2011                        (*) 19.9-494.0
Ob, Russia 2001                                    5.6-18.0
Yenisei, Russia 2001                               3.2
Danube, Austria 1997-1998
Garonne, France 1976-1996                          5.0-835.0
Rhone, France 2007-2009                          141.0
St. Lawrence, Canada 1994-1996
St. Lawrence, Canada 1998-2003
Missouri, USA 2004-2006                       (*)125.0
Ohio, USA 1999
Tennessee, USA 1999
Cumberland, USA 1999
Upper Mississippi, USA 2004-2006               (*)38.0
Mississippi, Colorado, Rio Grande, 1996-1997       1.0-4185.0
Lower Mississippi, USA 2003-2004                 112.0
San Pedro, USA 2001-2002

River and study years                           POC            Chl a

Brooks and small rivers
Inflows of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011          1.8            2.2
Outflow of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011          3.5           25.3
Chena river basin, USA 2005-2006                 1.0            4.1
Brooks, Finland 1997-1999
Humber river basin, UK 1993-1995                 0.2-67.0
Humber river basin, UK 1993-2005              (*)0.6-2.7     (*)4.9-54.4
Thames river basin, UK 1993-2005                             (*)1.7-16.8
Dee river basin, UK 1992-1993                    0.1-0.8
Dee river basin, UK 2004-2005                 (*)0.1-1.0     (*)0.6-5.1
Dee river basin, UK 2008                      (*)0.2-0.3     (*)0.2-1.8
Don river basin, UK 1992-1993                    0.5-0.8
Glen Dye river basin, UK 1996-1998               0.4-0.9
Hudson river basin, USA 1998-2000                0.1-3.0
Hudson river basin, USA 2003                     0.05
Large and very large rivers
Russian rivers (n = 12) 1994-1995             (*)1.3
Lena, Russia 2009-2011                        (*)0.57-8.20
Ob, Russia 2001                                  0.4-0.9
Yenisei, Russia 2001                             0.4
Danube, Austria 1997-1998                        1.6           21.0
Garonne, France 1976-1996
Rhone, France 2007-2009                          3.1
St. Lawrence, Canada 1994-1996                   0.06-2.7       0.3-26.1
St. Lawrence, Canada 1998-2003                   0.07-0.3
Missouri, USA 2004-2006                       (*)3.4        (*)19.7
Ohio, USA 1999                                                  4.0
Tennessee, USA 1999                                             5.7
Cumberland, USA 1999                                           14.8
Upper Mississippi, USA 2004-2006              (*)2.9        (*)32.3
Mississippi, Colorado, Rio Grande, 1996-1997
Lower Mississippi, USA 2003-2004                16.9
San Pedro, USA 2001-2002                         0.6-320.0

River and study years                         References

Brooks and small rivers
Inflows of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011       This study, Table 1
Outflow of Vortsjarv, Estonia 2008-2011       This study, Table 1
Chena river basin, USA 2005-2006              Cai et al., 2008
Brooks, Finland 1997-1999                     Mattsson et al., 2003
Humber river basin, UK 1993-1995              Tipping et al., 1997
Humber river basin, UK 1993-2005              Neal et al., 2006
Thames river basin, UK 1993-2005              Neal et al., 2006
Dee river basin, UK 1992-1993                 Hope et al., 1997
Dee river basin, UK 2004-2005                 Stutter et al., 2007
Dee river basin, UK 2008                      Dawson et al., 2012
Don river basin, UK 1992-1993                 Hope et al., 1997
Glen Dye river basin, UK 1996-1998            Dawson et al., 2004
Hudson river basin, USA 1998-2000             Raymond et al., 2004
Hudson river basin, USA 2003                  Longworth et al., 2007
Large and very large rivers
Russian rivers (n = 12) 1994-1995             Lobbes et al., 2000
Lena, Russia 2009-2011                        Winterfield et al., 2015a,
Ob, Russia 2001                               Gebhardt et al., 2004
Yenisei, Russia 2001                          Gebhardt et al., 2004
Danube, Austria 1997-1998                     Hein et al., 2003
Garonne, France 1976-1996                     Veyssy et al., 1999
Rhone, France 2007-2009                       Panagiotopoulos et al.,
St. Lawrence, Canada 1994-1996                Barth et al., 1998
St. Lawrence, Canada 1998-2003                Helie and Hillaire-Marcel,
Missouri, USA 2004-2006                       Bukaveckas et al., 2011
Ohio, USA 1999                                Koch et al., 2006
Tennessee, USA 1999                           Koch et al., 2006
Cumberland, USA 1999                          Koch et al., 2006
Upper Mississippi, USA 2004-2006              Bukaveckas et al., 2011
Mississippi, Colorado, Rio Grande, 1996-1997  Kendall et al., 2001
Lower Mississippi, USA 2003-2004              Bianchi et al., 2007
San Pedro, USA 2001-2002                      Brooks et al., 2007
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Title Annotation:ECOLOGY
Author:Piirsoo, Kai; Laas, Alo; Meinson, Pille; Noges, Peeter; Pall, Peeter; Viik, Malle; Vilbaste, Sirje;
Publication:Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
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Date:Mar 1, 2018
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