Doctoral thesis
Open access

Investigation of the link between phytoplankton and nutrients dynamic in Lake Geneva

ContributorsMoisset, Sophie
Defense date2017-05-04

Lake Geneva long-term changes of phytoplankton biomass and environmental parameters revealed a silicate influence between1980-1989, a transition phase between 1989-1995/99, a mild phosphorus influence between 1995/99-2007 and a period of strong phosphorus influence between 2007-2012. Moreover, shifts in the phytoplankton community from species characteristic of eutrophic waters towards those characteristic of meso-oligotrophic waters were reported. Yet, total phytoplankton biomass remained un-changed. Additionally, micronutrients had not a critical role in Lake Geneva, possibly due to low phytoplankton biological requirements or efficient recycling. Furthermore, species with high light requirement were dominant in the upper-lake (aggregated around 10m) and were thus more likely seasonally nutrient limited. In the lower-lake, species adapted to low light intensities dominated (up to 25m) and benefited from a greater nutrient supply; they were thus more likely seasonally transiently light and nutrient limited. The outcomes of this thesis are expected to benefit Lake Geneva monitoring program.

  • Lakes
  • Phytoplankton
  • Environmental monitoring
Citation (ISO format)
MOISSET, Sophie. Investigation of the link between phytoplankton and nutrients dynamic in Lake Geneva. 2017. doi: 10.13097/archive-ouverte/unige:96830
Main files (1)

Technical informations

Creation08/30/2017 5:45:00 PM
First validation08/30/2017 5:45:00 PM
Update time03/15/2023 2:01:18 AM
Status update03/15/2023 2:01:17 AM
Last indexation01/29/2024 9:11:31 PM
All rights reserved by Archive ouverte UNIGE and the University of GenevaunigeBlack