Advances in Limnology - Volume 65

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Freshwater Phytoplankton from Argentina

Phytoplankton diversity and ecology in different aquatic Systems

Ed.: Guillermo Tell; Irina Izaguirre; Inés O'Farrell

2014. VI, 444 pages, 102 figures, 40 tables, 16x25cm, 920 g
Language: English

ISBN 978-3-510-47067-9, paperback, price: 139.00 €

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Argentina features a large variety of freshwater phytoplankton habitats. They include rivers, large, deep, glacier-fed oligotrophic lakes in the Andean Cordillera (Patagonia) including those straddling the border to Chile, as well as shallow lakes and reservoirs, distributed along this territory.
The most distinctive hydrological feature of Argentina, however, is the La Plata watershed. The broad valleys of the Paraguay, Paraná and Uruguay rivers drain nearly one-quarter of the surface area of South America and carry a similar fraction of the continent’s fluvial discharge into the Atlantic Ocean.
Intensive studies have been carried out on this system of rivers from the headwaters in the Chaco and the Mato Grosso of Brasil to the delta near Buenos Aires. They also include the flood plains and shallow lakes of the Iberá and Entre Rios regions and are reflected in the subdivision of chapters in this book.

Many of the previously published observations already have a strong comparative element. The intent of this volume is to provide an overview of the research on phytoplankton assemblages in these waters. The overview is presented largely on a habitat-by-habitat basis but individual overviews also discuss generic aspects of the physiology, energy harvesting and production of phytoplankton, including mixotrophy. Some practical issues related to the supply of drinking water and the occurrence of harmful algae are also addressed; even the initiation of paleolimnology in Argentina is described. While much research still remains to be done in all areas of a territory as large as Argentina, this work is a valuable contribution to the knowledge of freshwater phytoplankton assemblages of the main aquatic ecosystems of the country. Moreover, the chapters add to and update the information available on the biodiversity of freshwater phytoplankton worldwide, chiefly because the Argentinian freshwater ecosystems studied and discussed in the chapters of this volume are so highly diverse.

Book Revier: Acta Botanica Hungarica 57 (2015)

Argentina is characterised by a large latitudinal extent and peculiar topography ranging from the Andes through high plains or “pampas” to lowland steppes. These geographic properties result in different climatic regions along temperature and aridity gradients. These conditions determine a wide variety of aquatic environments including large, glacier-fed oligotrophic lakes, high altitude or saline, alkaline wetlands, cool, humid peat bogs, as well as the watershed of La Plata with broad valleys of the Paraguay, Paraná and Uruguay rivers. The physical, chemical and biological characteristics of these water bodies can change both spatially and temporally.
The phycological studies in Argentina started with Ehrenberg (1854). Since then several research groups have greatly increased the taxonomic, floristical and ecological knowledge about algae of the country. One of the intensively studied regions is the Paraguay– Paraná–Uruguay river system that has been subjected to dam construction and discharge control. The great amount of papers published and the diversity of habitats and issues related to freshwater algae in Argentina led to the publication of this volume. Thirtyfour researchers from across Argentina collaborating in this work aimed at reviewing the existing information from studies on the phytoplankton in freshwater habitats of Argentina including description and analysis of both lentic and lotic communities.
The foreword was written by the great phycologist Colin S. Reynolds whose former students are among the contributors of this volume. The introduction provides a general overview of the content and the structure of the book. These parts are followed by three sections containing review papers.
The first section entitled “Phytoplankton diversity” consists of a paper in which the author, Guillermo Tell provides an overall picture of high phytoplankton diversity in Argentina. This part describes the phytoplankton taxa occurring in the various climatic regions of the country including taxa with wide or narrow distribution range, as well as possibly endemic species and infraspecific entities.
The information in the second chapter is delivered on a habitat-by-habitat basis. There are three main geomorphological regions in Argentina: the Andes Cordillera and associated mountains holding glacial and tectonic lakes, the Great Plains dominated by continental sedimentation processes with neo-tectonic activity and Patagonia with basaltic plateaus and coarse grain fans. Besides, six limno-regions can be defined that constitute the subsections of the second chapter. Puna, Chaco-Pampean Plain, Peri-Pampean Sierras, Andean Patagonia, Patagonian Plateau and Misiones Plateau have different topographical and climatic conditions, therefore containing freshwater habitats with wide range of physical, chemical and biological characteristics. Information on the phytoplankton inhabiting various freshwater ecosystems in these regions is collected in eighteen papers and the relationship of this community with physical-chemical parameters and in several cases its biological interactions are also discussed. The presented water bodies include both lentic environments ranging from high mountain wetlands and lakes of glacial origin in the Andes to shallow lakes in the Pampean Plain and Patagonia and lotic systems varying from the mainly lowland Paraná River Basin to the exo- and endorheic rivers of Cordobá system in the hilly central area. Aquatic systems exposed to substantial human impact, such as reservoirs, as well as urban and suburban polluted rivers also occur among the studied waters. Previous available information on some regions, e.g. Puna and Patagonian Plateau is scarce that increases the significance of the articles on these regions. Some papers are particularly interesting. Casco et al. use more than thirty-year data from monitoring programs on the reservoirs along three Patagonian rivers. Diaz and Beamud present the main patterns of extremophile phytoplankton populations through the 10-year study of the natural acidic Lake Caviahue in Andean Patagonia. Mataloni summarises the results of scarce phytoplankton studies of a major floristical framework carried out on the only insular province of Argentina, Tierra del Fuego that combines lowland dry steppe with the Andean ridges and extended peatland area, eutrophic coastal ponds with ultraoligotrophic glacial lakes and small peat bogs.
The last paper in this chapter slightly differs from the previous ones. Maidana and Aménabar provide an interesting overview of palaeolimnology that has recently begun to improve in Argentina. The article includes the description of conventional methodologies and the history of this discipline in the country.
In the third main chapter, relevant specific issues concerning phytoplankton are discussed involving the available data obtained in freshwater systems from Argentina. Villafañe et al. investigate the question what kind of factors can influence the measured values of phytoplankton primary production. Izaguirre et al. describe photosynthetic picoplankton including pro- and eukaryotes that are as important in the carbon flow of many aquatic systems as tiny they are (with cell-size in the range 0.2 to 2 μm). The distribution of the main types of these organisms depends on light intensity.
Light is approached also in two other papers from two sides. Pérez investigate it as the energy source of phytoplankton of which availability can be affected by several factors. He presents an optical characterisation of various clear and turbid vegetated Argentinean lakes using bio-optical properties and optically active substances including chlorophyll-a. Meanwhile, Helbling and Villafañe review the negative impact of ultraviolet radiation on phytoplankton, particularly on the photosystem and DNA molecule. They discuss different acclimation strategies as well.
Beside photosynthesis, some taxa can switch to heterotrophic nutrition mode. This life strategy called mixotrophy is proved to be very useful at both ends of light and nutrient gradients as it can be read in Modenutti’s paper.
Harmful algal bloom in Argentina was observed first in 1944. Since then the phenomenon occurred several times mostly associated to toxigenic cyanobacteria. Eschenique et al. present four case studies related with the presence of toxigenic cyanobacteria in drinking water.
Overall, this volume contains valuable information on various aquatic habitats characteristic to Argentina. It can be useful to everyone who are interested either in these types of waters or generally the features of phytoplankton.

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Acta Botanica Hungarica 57 (2015)

Original paper

Phytoplankton diversity

Tell, Guillermo

p. 5-20, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500025 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0031

Original paper

Phytoplankton in high mountain wetlands of Argentina

Maidana, Nora I.; Seeligmann, Claudia T.

p. 23-35, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500001 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0032

Original paper

Phytoplankton of the Paraná River Basin

Devercelli, Melina; de Domitrovic, Yolanda Zalocar

p. 39-65, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500017 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0033

Original paper

Phytoplankton of the Paraguay and Bermejo rivers

de Domitrovic, Yolanda Zalocar; Devercelli, Melina; Forastier, Marina E.

p. 67-80, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500002 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0034

Original paper

Phytoplankton of the Chaco-Pampean Plain

de Domitrovic, Yolanda Zalocar; Devercelli, Melina; Forastier, Marina E.

p. 81-98, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500018 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0035

Original paper

Phytoplankton of the Iberá system

Forastier, Marina E.; de Domitrovic, Yolanda Zalocar

p. 99-111, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500019 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0036

Original paper

Phytoplankton of the middle and lower stretches of the Uruguay River

O’Farrell, Inés; Izaguirre, Irina

p. 113-126, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500003 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0037

Original paper

Phytoplankton from urban and suburban polluted rivers

Gómez, Nora; O’Farrell, Inés

p. 127-142, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500004 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0038

Original paper

Lotic and lentic environments of the Pampean Plain

Solari, Lía; Mac Donagh, María E.

p. 143-165, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500005 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0039

Original paper

Phytoplankton of the Río de la Plata Estuary

Gómez, Nora

p. 167-182, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500020 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0040

Original paper

Phytoplankton from the Peri-Pampean hills: Córdoba system

Martínez de Fabricius, Ana L.; Novoa, Martín D.; Huber, M. Paula; Sosa, Marina L.

p. 185-198, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500021 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0041

Original paper

Peri-Pampean Sierras aquatic systems in Tucumán Province

Tracanna, Beatriz C.; Seeligmann, Claudia T.; Mirande, Virginia; Martínez De Marco, Silvia N.; Isasmendi, Sara C.

p. 199-213, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500022 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0042

Original paper

Reservoirs of the Peri-Pampean region

Casco, María A.; Mac Donagh, María E.

p. 215-231, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500006 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0043

Original paper

Phytoplankton of Andean Patagonian lakes

Queimaliños, Claudia; Diaz, Mónica

p. 235-256, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500007 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0044

Original paper

Acidophilic phytoplankton in Argentina: the case study of Lake Caviahue (Patagonia)

Diaz, Mónica M.; Beamud, Guadalupe

p. 257-271, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500008 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0045

Original paper

The phytoplankton from Tierra del Fuego

Mataloni, Gabriela

p. 275-292, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500009 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0046

Original paper

Phytoplankton of the reservoirs of Central and North Patagonia

Casco, María A; Labollita, Héctor A.; Cano, María G.

p. 293-307, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500023 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0047

Original paper

Phytoplankton from natural water bodies of the Patagonian Plateau

Izaguirre, Irina; Saad, Juan F.

p. 309-319, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500010 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0048

Original paper

Algae in paleolimnological studies in Argentina

Maidana, Nora I.; Aménabar, Cecilia R.

p. 323-339, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500024 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0049

Original paper

Photosynthetic picoplankton in Argentina lakes

Izaguirre, Irina; Unrein, Fernando; Modenutti, Beatriz; Allende, Luz

p. 343-357, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500011 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0050

Original paper

Mixotrophy in Argentina freshwaters

Modenutti, Beatriz

p. 359-374, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500012 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0051

Original paper

Ultraviolet radiation studies upon phytoplankton from freshwater and marine ecosystems of Argentina

Helbling, E. Walter; Villafañe, Virginia E.

p. 375-392, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500013 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0052

Original paper

Phytoplankton primary production in freshwater environments of Argentina

Villafañe, Virginia E.; Giordanino, M. Valeria Fiorda; Helbling, E. Walter

p. 393-407, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500014 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0053

Original paper

Optical characterization of Argentinean lakes, from deep Andean lakes to shallow Pampean ones

Pérez, Gonzalo L.

p. 409-430, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500015 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0054

Original paper

Problems on drinking water related to toxigenic Cyanobacteria: some cases studied in Argentina

Echenique, Ricardo O.; Aguilera, Anabella

p. 431-444, published: Jul 7, 2014

ArtNo. ESP143006500016 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1612-166X/2014/0065-0055

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