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Impact of Physico-Chemical Characteristics of Shivaji University lakes on Phytoplankton Communities, Kolhapur, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Environmental Science, Shivaji university, Kolhapur, MH, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 1, Issue (2), Pages 56-60, February,2 (2012)


The study deals with physico-chemical properties of Shivaji University lakes of Kolhapur city and its impact on phytoplankton population. Several limnological parameters were evaluated during the period from September, 2010 to February, 2011 from seven sampling stations sited along lakes of Shivaji university campus viz. Music Department Lake, Bhshabhavan Lake, Rajaram Lake. The physical parameters included were temperature, turbidity and chemical parameters included were pH, temperature, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen, total hardness and nitrate, phosphate and sulphate. A total 19 species were observed during the study period, maximum number of sp observed were in the Rajaram lake i.e. 13 sp. There were 9 species observed from the class Chlorophyceae, 4 species of the class Cynophyceae, 3 of the class Bacillariophyceae, 3 of the class Euglenophyceae. The Microcystis species was observed in Rajaram lake indicates the signs of eutrophication of lake, while species like Desmidium , observed from Music Department and Bhshabhavan lake were the indicator of better water quality. The physico-chemical parameters such as nitrates, phosphate, temperature and alkalinity are favorable for the growth of phytoplankton. Maximum species of the class chlorophyceae were observed during study period.


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