Special Issue "Abundance and Trophic Relationships in Freshwater Ecosystems"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Assist. Prof. Dr. Monika Tarkowska-Kukuryk
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Department of Hydrobiology and Protection of Ecosystems, Faculty of Environmental Biology, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, B. Dobrzanskiego 37, 20-262 Lublin, POLAND
Interests: chironomids; periphytic food web; shallow lakes; floating plants; temperature; climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues

Interactions between food web components in freshwater ecosystems are very complex. These organisms are associated with specific trophic groups (producers, herbivores, carnivores, detritivores, and omnivores). In general, there are two theories regulating the mechanisms that control the abundance and diversity within these groups, bottom-up and top-down, which predict influences of consumers and resource availability. All these effects are under the pressure of climate change. Climate change, seen as an increase in temperature, is likely to affect the metabolism of individuals and communities, which may lead to changes in community structure, species distribution, interspecific relations, and biodiversity. Freshwaters are particularly vulnerable to climate change, because these habitats are exposed to numerous anthropogenic stressors and are fragmented within a terrestrial landscape that limits the dispersion of many species as the environment changes. This Special Issue invites fundamental and experimental studies on habitat and diet utilization, niche dynamics, feeding strategy, and food webs, as well research on responses of freshwater organisms to the effects of rising temperature.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Monika Tarkowska-Kukuryk
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • food web
  • resource availability
  • predator–prey relationships
  • ecosystem disturbance
  • top-down and bottom-up mechanisms
  • freshwater
  • climate change

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Comparative Investigation of Aquatic Invertebrates in Springs in Münsterland Area (Western Germany)
Water 2021, 13(3), 359; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13030359 - 30 Jan 2021
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The main aim of this study was to investigate the abundance of invertebrates in groundwater in relation to groundwater conditions (groundwater table, discharge, rainfall, and physio-chemical parameters), and to examine the suitable time for invertebrate sampling in springs. Thus, eight springs in two [...] Read more.
The main aim of this study was to investigate the abundance of invertebrates in groundwater in relation to groundwater conditions (groundwater table, discharge, rainfall, and physio-chemical parameters), and to examine the suitable time for invertebrate sampling in springs. Thus, eight springs in two separate study areas, “Baumberge” and “Schöppinger Berg” (Münsterland area, North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany), were sampled five times (24 h for 2–5 consecutive sampling days) between November 2018 and October 2019. The results showed high spatial and temporal variance. In general, the existence of invertebrates and stygobites increased, whereas invertebrate types decreased with increasing hydraulic head and spring discharge. Therefore, investigating the abundance of invertebrates and invertebrate species is recommended to be done separately. Abundance of invertebrates was affected by different factors in both areas. Spearman correlation test (two-tailed) and factor analyses (n = 80, p ≤ 0.01) highlighted the importance of detritus as the main controlling factor for invertebrate existence and stygobite individuals in Baumberge, whereas dissolved oxygen is essential for their existence in Schöppinger Berg. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Abundance and Trophic Relationships in Freshwater Ecosystems)
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