Date of Award

12-1988

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

The effect of PCB ' s , DDT, phosphorus and zooplankton density on the photosynthetic parameters Alpha and PBm was investigated . If these parameters prove reliable as functional indicators , their use may simplify the process of monitoring aquatic ecosystems. Unialgal cultures were used in experiments which involved the use of radioactive carbon labeling and an artificial light incubator .

Alpha and PBm increased in response to the addition of phosphorus in Anabaena flos-aquae cultures deficient in this nutrient and to increasing densities of Daphnia pulex in cultures of Chlorella vulgaris. DDT had a stimulatory effect on Alpha but not on PBm in Anabaena flos-aquae while PCB's had no effect on either parameter. Chlorophyll concentration in the incubator bottle negatively affected Alpha probably through self shading .

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