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Seasonal and inter-annual community structure characteristics of zooplankton driven by water environment factors in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang, China

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Seasonal and inter-annual community structure characteristics of zooplankton driven by water environment factors in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang, China. / Hu, Beijuan; Hu, Xuren; Nie, Xue; Zhang, Xiaoke; Wu, Naicheng; Hong, Yijiang; Qin, Hai Ming.

In: PeerJ, Vol. 7, e7590, 09.2019.

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Hu, Beijuan ; Hu, Xuren ; Nie, Xue ; Zhang, Xiaoke ; Wu, Naicheng ; Hong, Yijiang ; Qin, Hai Ming. / Seasonal and inter-annual community structure characteristics of zooplankton driven by water environment factors in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang, China. In: PeerJ. 2019 ; Vol. 7.

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@article{47e0cc766f8b4db38a21d5d71efdf6d6,
title = "Seasonal and inter-annual community structure characteristics of zooplankton driven by water environment factors in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang, China",
abstract = "Background. Sub-lakes are important for the maintenance of the ecosystem integrity of Lake Poyang, and zooplankton play an important role in its substance and energy flow.Methods. A seasonal investigation of zooplankton was conducted in spring (April), summer (July), autumn (October) and winter (January of the following year) from 2012 to 2016 in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang. The aim of the present study was to understand the seasonal dynamics and interannual variation of zooplankton communities and their relationship to environmental factors.Results. A total of 115 species were identified in all samples in the four years, which comprised of 87 Rotifera, 13 Cladocera and 15 Copepoda. Rotifera was the dominant group in terms of quantity, and its species richness and abundance were significantly higher when compared to Cladocera and Copepoda (P <0.05), while Cladocera dominated in terms of biomass. The species richness of Rotifera exhibited a significant seasonal difference (P <0.05). Both the density and biomass of zooplankton revealed significant seasonal differences (P <0.05). In general, the density and biomass of zooplankton were higher in summer and autumn, when compared to winter and spring. Biodiversity indices were dramatically lower in spring than in the other seasons. The non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) analysis su rested that these zooplankton communities can be divided into three groups: spring community, summer-autumn community, and winter community. The seasonal succession of zooplankton communities did not have interannual reproducibility. In high water level years, the dominant species of zooplankton (Cladocerans and Copepods) in the wet season had a lower density, and the result in low water level years was exactly the opposite. The redundancy analysis revealed that water temperature (WT), conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen (DO) had significant effects on the zooplankton community.Conclusions. The community structure of zooplankton has a significant seasonal pattern, but has no interannual repeatability. In high water level years, the dominant species of zooplankton (Cladocerans and Copepods) in the wet season had a lower density, and the result in low water level years was exactly the opposite. The density, biomass and diversity indices of zooplankton were significantly different in different seasons. The present study was helpful in the further understanding of the ecosystem stability of lakes connected with rivers, providing scientific guidance for the protection of lake wetlands.",
keywords = "Community structure, Zooplankton, Seasonal dynamics, Interannual variation, Shallow lakes, Poyang lake, CRUSTACEAN ZOOPLANKTON, LIFE-HISTORY, DYNAMICS, DAPHNIA, PHYTOPLANKTON, FLOODPLAIN, PATTERNS, ALGAE, PONDS",
author = "Beijuan Hu and Xuren Hu and Xue Nie and Xiaoke Zhang and Naicheng Wu and Yijiang Hong and Qin, {Hai Ming}",
year = "2019",
month = sep,
doi = "10.7717/peerj.7590",
language = "English",
volume = "7",
journal = "PeerJ",
issn = "2167-8359",
publisher = "PeerJ",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Seasonal and inter-annual community structure characteristics of zooplankton driven by water environment factors in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang, China

AU - Hu, Beijuan

AU - Hu, Xuren

AU - Nie, Xue

AU - Zhang, Xiaoke

AU - Wu, Naicheng

AU - Hong, Yijiang

AU - Qin, Hai Ming

PY - 2019/9

Y1 - 2019/9

N2 - Background. Sub-lakes are important for the maintenance of the ecosystem integrity of Lake Poyang, and zooplankton play an important role in its substance and energy flow.Methods. A seasonal investigation of zooplankton was conducted in spring (April), summer (July), autumn (October) and winter (January of the following year) from 2012 to 2016 in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang. The aim of the present study was to understand the seasonal dynamics and interannual variation of zooplankton communities and their relationship to environmental factors.Results. A total of 115 species were identified in all samples in the four years, which comprised of 87 Rotifera, 13 Cladocera and 15 Copepoda. Rotifera was the dominant group in terms of quantity, and its species richness and abundance were significantly higher when compared to Cladocera and Copepoda (P <0.05), while Cladocera dominated in terms of biomass. The species richness of Rotifera exhibited a significant seasonal difference (P <0.05). Both the density and biomass of zooplankton revealed significant seasonal differences (P <0.05). In general, the density and biomass of zooplankton were higher in summer and autumn, when compared to winter and spring. Biodiversity indices were dramatically lower in spring than in the other seasons. The non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) analysis su rested that these zooplankton communities can be divided into three groups: spring community, summer-autumn community, and winter community. The seasonal succession of zooplankton communities did not have interannual reproducibility. In high water level years, the dominant species of zooplankton (Cladocerans and Copepods) in the wet season had a lower density, and the result in low water level years was exactly the opposite. The redundancy analysis revealed that water temperature (WT), conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen (DO) had significant effects on the zooplankton community.Conclusions. The community structure of zooplankton has a significant seasonal pattern, but has no interannual repeatability. In high water level years, the dominant species of zooplankton (Cladocerans and Copepods) in the wet season had a lower density, and the result in low water level years was exactly the opposite. The density, biomass and diversity indices of zooplankton were significantly different in different seasons. The present study was helpful in the further understanding of the ecosystem stability of lakes connected with rivers, providing scientific guidance for the protection of lake wetlands.

AB - Background. Sub-lakes are important for the maintenance of the ecosystem integrity of Lake Poyang, and zooplankton play an important role in its substance and energy flow.Methods. A seasonal investigation of zooplankton was conducted in spring (April), summer (July), autumn (October) and winter (January of the following year) from 2012 to 2016 in a sub-lake of Lake Poyang. The aim of the present study was to understand the seasonal dynamics and interannual variation of zooplankton communities and their relationship to environmental factors.Results. A total of 115 species were identified in all samples in the four years, which comprised of 87 Rotifera, 13 Cladocera and 15 Copepoda. Rotifera was the dominant group in terms of quantity, and its species richness and abundance were significantly higher when compared to Cladocera and Copepoda (P <0.05), while Cladocera dominated in terms of biomass. The species richness of Rotifera exhibited a significant seasonal difference (P <0.05). Both the density and biomass of zooplankton revealed significant seasonal differences (P <0.05). In general, the density and biomass of zooplankton were higher in summer and autumn, when compared to winter and spring. Biodiversity indices were dramatically lower in spring than in the other seasons. The non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) analysis su rested that these zooplankton communities can be divided into three groups: spring community, summer-autumn community, and winter community. The seasonal succession of zooplankton communities did not have interannual reproducibility. In high water level years, the dominant species of zooplankton (Cladocerans and Copepods) in the wet season had a lower density, and the result in low water level years was exactly the opposite. The redundancy analysis revealed that water temperature (WT), conductivity, pH and dissolved oxygen (DO) had significant effects on the zooplankton community.Conclusions. The community structure of zooplankton has a significant seasonal pattern, but has no interannual repeatability. In high water level years, the dominant species of zooplankton (Cladocerans and Copepods) in the wet season had a lower density, and the result in low water level years was exactly the opposite. The density, biomass and diversity indices of zooplankton were significantly different in different seasons. The present study was helpful in the further understanding of the ecosystem stability of lakes connected with rivers, providing scientific guidance for the protection of lake wetlands.

KW - Community structure

KW - Zooplankton

KW - Seasonal dynamics

KW - Interannual variation

KW - Shallow lakes

KW - Poyang lake

KW - CRUSTACEAN ZOOPLANKTON

KW - LIFE-HISTORY

KW - DYNAMICS

KW - DAPHNIA

KW - PHYTOPLANKTON

KW - FLOODPLAIN

KW - PATTERNS

KW - ALGAE

KW - PONDS

U2 - 10.7717/peerj.7590

DO - 10.7717/peerj.7590

M3 - Journal article

C2 - 31576234

VL - 7

JO - PeerJ

JF - PeerJ

SN - 2167-8359

M1 - e7590

ER -