Central European Stream Ecosystems: The Long Term Study of the Breitenbach

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Pollution of freshwater resources becomes an issue in virtuallyevery country undergoing an industrialization process. While themain emphasis has been for many years on lakes due to their limitedcapacity of self-renewal, streams and rivers attract increasingattention due to their importance for agriculture, fisheries,drinking water reserves and as feeder of freshwater lakes andreservoirs. There are many factors influencing the ecology ofstreams, only some of them relating to direct anthropogenicinfluences and it ...

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Overview

Pollution of freshwater resources becomes an issue in virtuallyevery country undergoing an industrialization process. While themain emphasis has been for many years on lakes due to their limitedcapacity of self-renewal, streams and rivers attract increasingattention due to their importance for agriculture, fisheries,drinking water reserves and as feeder of freshwater lakes andreservoirs. There are many factors influencing the ecology ofstreams, only some of them relating to direct anthropogenicinfluences and it is important to have reliable long term data onnatural occurring variations in order to better estimate thèdefault’ status of a stream and to judge the influence ofmodern anthropogenic influences.

The Breitenbach is one of the best-studied streams on earth, asthe nearby Max-Planck Outstation in Schlitz was founded in 1949 andscientists there have been collecting data ever since.

Central European Stream Ecosystems: The Long Term Study ofthe Breitenbach is the result of this research, and specialfocus has been placed on animal and microorganism occurrence andvariation as well as chemical and physical parameters. Already thisdata influences the discussion of the 'good ecological state’reference values and it will be in particular useful to analyze theeffect of global warming on the ecology of streams.

An invaluable data basis for modeling purposes, this importantbook is a useful resource for everyone in the world dealing withstream ecology, for example limnologists, ecologists, biologistsand hydrologists. 

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“Particularly, the long-term data going back for more than50 years are unique and are valuable resource for everyone in theworld dealing with stream ecology.”  (ActaBotanica Hungarica, 1 October 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783527329526
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/19/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 694
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Rüdiger Wagner was scientific assistant at the LimnologischeFluss-Station Schlitz, a field station of the formerMax-Planck-Institute for Limnology (now MPI for EvolutionaryBiology) from 1978 to 2006. He obtained his scientific degrees fromthe Justus-Liebig-University (Gießen, Germany). Since then heis at the Institut of Biology, Univeristy of Kassel. He hasauthored over 250 scientific publication on aquatic insect taxonomyand ecology and on the analysis of long-term ecological data offreshwater insects. He is member of advisory boards and reviewer ofprofessional journals, referee of universities and governments andhas been honorary member of advisory councils in natureconservation. In 2007 he was awarded the "Meigen Medaille" of theGerman Society for General and Applied Entomology.

Jürgen Marxsen was scientific assistant at the LimnologischeFluss-Station Schlitz, a field station of the formerMax-Planck-Institute for Limnology (now MPI for EvolutionaryBiology) from 1977 to 2006. He obtained his scientific degrees fromthe University of Kiel. Since 2006 at the Department of AnimalEcology associated to the Interdisciplinary Research Center forBiosystems, Land Use and Nutrition (IFZ) at the University ofGiessen. His research activities include stream and groundwatermicrobial ecology, particularly the role of bacteria in the carbonflow, bacterial production, extra-cellular enzyme activity,application of molecular techniques to microbial ecology, impact ofclimatic change on running water microbial communities. He ismember of editorial boards and ad-hoc referee for scientificjournals and national funding organizations.

Since 1968 Peter Zwick was member of the staff of the LimnologischeFluss-Station Schlitz, a field station of the formerMax-Planck-Institute for Limnology (now MPI for EvolutionaryBiology) and was the scientific head from 1982 to 2006. He obtainedhis scientific degrees from the University of Kiel. P. Zwick is aworld authority in Plecoptera (stone-flies), and other groups ofaquatic insects. For his studies he was awarded the 'FabriciusMedaille? of the German Society for General and Applied Entomology(1982). His research activities include among many others thegeneral biology of aquatic insects including aspects of phylogeny,ecology and physiology. He was editor of scientific journals,member of editorial boards and an referee of many scientificjournals, funding organizations and more.

Eileen Cox was a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft-funded researchfellow at the Limnologische Fluss-Station Schlitz from 1985 to1988, and a scientific assistant there from 1988 to 1989. Sheobtained her degrees from the University of Bristol (England).Between 1989 and 1992, she was a researcher at the University ofSheffield (England), a research scientist at the Natural HistoryMuseum, London since 1992, and Head of Postgraduate Studies at theNHM since 2007. She has authored over 100 research publications,with a particular focus on diatom taxonomy, systematics, ecologyand development. She is a past-president of the BritishPhycological Society and of the International Society for DiatomResearch, a former Editor-in-chief of the European Journal ofPhycology, and has held other key positions on the councils oflearned societies. She has reviewed extensively for scientificjournals and grant awarding bodies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Breitenbach and its Catchment
Environmental Characteristics
Detrital Energy Sources
Primary Producers
Bacteria and Fungi
The Fauna of the Breitenbach
Ecosystem Breitenbach
Summary

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