Phytoplankton in an ecological status assessment of the vendace-type Lake Dejguny (northeastern Poland)          [RESEARCH ARTICLE]

  • Agnieszka Napiórkowska-Krzebietke
  • Andrzej Hutorowicz
Keywords: phytoplankton metrics, WFD, ecological status assessment, PMPL, Shannon-Weaver index, reference conditions


The aim of the study was to perform an ecological status assessment based on the phytoplankton in the vendace-type Lake Dejguny in accordance with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. The phytoplankton analyses were conducted during three growth seasons in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The phytoplankton multimetric Phytoplankton Metric for Polish Lakes (PMPL) was used to assess the lake’s ecological status. The average total biomass of phytoplankton ranged from 1.6 to 3.9 mg dm-3, while the average biomass of Cyanoprokaryota ranged from 0.4 to 1.4 mg dm-3, with the minimum noted in 2008. The phytoplankton assemblages were dominated mainly by filamentous Cyanoprokaryota and pennate Bacillariophyceae in 2006 and 2008, or exclusively by pennate Bacillariophyceae in 2007. The relatively low total biomass and Cyanoprokaryota biomass, as well as seasonal phytoplankton dynamics with the dominant taxa of Tabellaria flocculosa, Dinobryon sociale, and D. divergens confirmed the lake’s mesotrophic state and some of the features of reference conditions in this lake, whereas the predominance of filamentous species Planktothrix agardhii and Planktolyngbya limnetica was characteristic of eutrophic conditions. However, a clear tendency towards progressive eutrophication stemming from the significant domination of filamentous Cyanoprokaryota was observed, and according to the PMPL the assessment indicated that Lake Dejguny had a good ecological status in 2006 and 2007 and even a high one in 2008.


A. Napiórkowska-Krzebietke [+], A. Hutorowicz
Department of Hydrobiology
Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn
Oczapowskiego 10, 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
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