Temporal Variability in Algal Biomass and Primary Productivity in Florida Lakes Relative to Latitudinal Gradients, Organic Color and Trophic State

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Biomass, Phytoplankton, Temporal Variability, Seasonal Pattern, Temperate Zone

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Seasonal patterns in primary productivity and algal biomass in subtropical Florida lakes along increasing gradients of both dissolved organic color and phytoplankton biomass are presented. Chlorophyll a concentrations and gross primary productivity generally reached maxima during the summer and were most depressed in winter months, regardless of color or trophic classification. Primary productivity was more strongly correlated with chlorophyll a, nutrient concentrations and water clarity in clearwater ( < 75 Pt units) than in colored ( > 75 Pt units) systems. Amplitudes in algal biomass were considerably smaller than temperate lakes. Variability in primary production in Florida lakes was intermediate to patterns in the temperate zone and tropics, but was more closely aligned to northern latitudes. Within the Florida peninsula, variability of primary productivity decreased from north to south and corresponded to latitudinal gradients in climatic regimes.

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Hydrobiologia, v. 224, issue 2, p. 89-97