Acta Biológica Colombiana
Print version ISSN 0120-548X
MORALES-DUARTE, SILVIA JULIANA; DONATO-RONDON, JOHN CH. and CASTRO-REBOLLEDO, MARÍA ISABEL. Response of Navicula rhynchocephala (Bacillariophyceae) to Nutrient Enrichment in an Andean Stream (Colombia). Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.2, pp. 73-78. ISSN 0120-548X.
To evaluate the effect of ammonium (NH4+) and phosphates (PO43-) addition on the structure of the diatom community in the Tota stream (Boyacá, Colombia), diatom density was quantified on artificial substrates in two reaches (control and impact) with similar environmental conditions, along the Tota stream. Using a nutrient controlled enrichment in the impact reach, concentrations of ammonium and phosphates were increased to twice those in the control reach. Navicularhynchocephala decreased its densities significantly , suggesting that is species that responds negatively to nutrient enrichment.
Keywords : artificial substrates; diatom; nutrient enrichment; Tota stream.