Freshwater Ecosystems—Biodiversity and Protection
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2024 | Viewed by 3639
Interests: chironomidae; macrozoobenthos; epiphyton; hydrobiology; water quality assessment; freshwater biodiversity; paleolimnology
Interests: aquatic ecology; phytoplankton taxonomy and ecology; phytoplankton functional groups; floodplain ecology; invasive species; water quality assessment
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Interests: aquatic ecology; macroinvertebrates; chironomidae; bioassessment; ecotoxicology
Interests: Freshwater Mollusca (Gastropoda and Bivalvia); macroinvertebrates; taxonomy and population genetics; water quality assessment; invasive species
In recent times, there have been great concerns in all ecosystems regarding biodiversity and habitat protection. This is especially true for freshwater ecosystems, since some of the strongest negative anthropogenic influences are evident in the lakes, rivers, ponds or floodplains in our vicinity. All around the world, we are struggling with the challenges to protect biodiversity, to decrease habitat destruction and to ensure vital ecological services, developing various ways and activities to actively assess and monitor aquatic habitats (and communities), developing plans and models for protection, revitalization and restoration of natural freshwater ecosystems. To achieve these goals, it is vital to understand how the system is functioning, what is the status of the communities present or what are the main factors influencing it. Furthermore, the application of biotic elements or multi-indicator methods can be helpful in protection and management of the studied freshwater system.
The aim of this Special Issue is to present reviews, notes, and original research that concern the following issues: diversity studies of various types of freshwater ecosystems, water quality assessment methods and application, important stressors in lentic and lotic ecosystems, biodiversity in human-made water bodies, bioassessment of natural and human-made water bodies, main anthropogenic influences in freshwater ecosystems, community structure and functional complexity (from plankton to benthos), application of eDNA analysis and molecular taxonomy.
We believe these subjects will be very useful for further development of biodiversity studies as well as monitoring and protection of freshwater ecosystems.
Dr. Dubravka Čerba
Dr. Filip Stevic
Dr. Djuradj Milošević
Dr. Maja Raković
Guest Editor Assistant
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- freshwater communities
- α, β, γ diversity
- biotic indicators
- water quality assessment
- anthropogenic influence
- invasive species
- non-wadeable rivers