Zooplankton and Ecological Interactions Research Group

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A basic task of the team is the monitoring of the zooplankton and littoral invertebrate communities in several different standard sampling sites of Lake Balaton. This activity serves the continuous enlargement of the long term datasets concerning to the species composition, individual density, biomass and production of the zooplankton and macroinvertebrates dvelling the littoral zone. Collection of these data started in the early 1930`s making possible the analyses of the direct and indirect impacts of the anthropogenous eutrophycation, the long term fluctuation of the water lewel and the possible climate change on the invertebrate communities. The efficiency of the trophyc relationships between the phytoplankton – zooplankton, and macroinvertebrates – suspended material has been intensively studied in the frame of different research projects.