Huijuan Tang

shanxi agricultural university, Shanxi, Liaoning, China

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Publications (9)14.31 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Experiments from May to December measuring selective grazing and egestion of different phytoplankton taxa in natural Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron) seston by shallow-water morph quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis rostriformis) showed that the mussels were highly selective filter feeders and that their net clearance rates on different species ranged widely, resulting in food consumption that was strongly driven by seasonal phytoplankton dynamics. Overall, net clearance rates by quagga mussels on the entire phytoplankton assemblage were similar to those observed for zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) during the 1990s. Phytoplankton taxon, rather than size, was more important to food selection since quagga mussels cleared similar sized but different species of algae at very different rates. In contrast to many studies with zebra mussels, larger-sized algae such as Dinobryon divergens, Aulacoseira italica, Fragilaria crotonensis, and Anabaena were cleared at high rates and rejected at lower rates than many smaller species within the same broad taxonomic group. We suspect that these differences between dreissenid species do not stem from species differences but methodological factors and phytoplankton composition of systems studied. Small-sized diatoms, green algae with thick cell walls (Scenedesmus and Oocystis), and colonial cyanobacteria with gelatinous sheaths (Aphanocapsa, Chroococcus, and Microcystis) were cleared at low rates and rejected in high proportion in pseudofeces or feces during all seasons. We describe the likely mechanisms of pre- and post-ingestive behavior that explain these differences, which relate to phytoplankton size, morphology, cell wall characteristics, and chemical composition. Changes in the Great Lakes phytoplankton communities are consistent with mussel grazing preferences.
    Journal of Great Lakes Research 01/2013; · 1.77 Impact Factor
  • Huijuan Tang, Ping Xie, Liu Hong
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    ABSTRACT: The phytoplankton of Lake Donghu was compared between two periods (i.e., 1982–83 and 1999–2001). During 1982–1983, Lake Donghu was characterized by cyanobacterial blooms, very high summer phytoplankton biomass, and a spring clear-water phase. However, during 1999–2001, the lake was dominated by dinophytes and diatoms and had a relatively low phytoplankton biomass and a very turbid state. Increased stocking of silver carp and bighead carp during the interim years eliminated cyanobacterial blooms and large-bodied daphnids from the lake, creating favorable conditions for growth of the small-sized algae.
    Journal of Freshwater Ecology - J FRESHWATER ECOL. 01/2005; 20(3):591-594.
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    ABSTRACT: A year-round comparison was made of the picophytoplankton populations in three lakes of different trophic status (oligotrophic, mesotrophic, and hypereutrophic), as well as in experimental enclosures stocked with various densities of fish. Picophytoplankton abundance was significantly different between the hypereutrophic lake and the oligotrophic lake (P
    Journal of Freshwater Ecology 01/2004; 19(2):285-293. · 0.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An enclosure experiment in the shallow, subtropical Lake Donghu, China, was performed in the summer of 2001 to examine the effect of TN:TP (total phosphorus) ratios and P-reduction on the occurrence of Microcysitis blooms. The treatments were performed with enough amounts of N but with different amounts of P in the water column and sediment. Microcystis blooms occurred in the enclosures either with an initial TN:TP <29 or TN:TP>29 where the nutrients (N, P) were high enough. Microcysitis blooms never occurred in the treatments with low P concentration in spite of the presence of sufficient N. The P-rich sediments served as an important source for the P supply in the water column, and such a process was activated greatly by the outburst of Microcystis blooms which pumped up selectively P from the sediments and thus decreased the TN:TP ratios. Therefore, the low TN:TP ratio is not a cause but rather a result of Microcystis blooms.
    Water Research 05/2003; 37(9):2073-80. · 5.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An enclosure experiment was carried out to test trophic cascade effect of filter-feeding fish on the ecosystem: growth of crustacean zooplankton, and possible mechanism of changes of crustacean community structure. Four fish biomass levels were set as follows: 0, 116, 176 and 316 g m-2, and lake water (containing ca. 190 g m-2 of filter-feeding fishes) was comparatively monitored. Nutrient levels were high in all treatments during the experiment. Lowest algal biomass were measured in fishless treatment. Algal biomass decreased during days 21–56 as a function of fish biomass in treatments of low (LF), medium (MF) and high (HF) fish biomass. Crustaceans biomass decreased with increasing fish biomass. Small-bodied cladocerans, Moina micrura, Diaphanosoma brachyurum and Scapholeberis kingii survived when fish biomass was high whilst, large-bodied cladocerans Daphnia spp. and the cyclopoids Theromcyclops taihokuensis, T. brevifuratus, Mescyclops notius and Cyclops vicinus were abundant only in NF enclosures. Evasive calanoid Sinodiaptomus sarsi was significantly enhanced in LF, but decreased significantly with further increase of fish biomass. Demographic data indicated that M. micrura was well developed in all treatments. Our study indicates that algal biomass might be controlled by silver carp biomass in eutrophic environment. Changes of crustacean community are probably affected by the age of the first generation of species. Species with short generation time were dominant and species with long generation time survived less with high fish biomass. Evasive calanoids hardly developed in treatments with high fish biomass because of the (bottle neck) effect of nauplii. Species abundance were positively related to fish predation avoidance. Other than direct predation, zooplankton might also be suppressed by filter-feeding fish via competition.
    Hydrobiologia 10/2002; 487(1):19-31. · 2.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The responses of nutrients, water transparency, zooplankton and phytoplankton to a gradient of silver carp biomass were assessed using enclosure methods. The gradient of four silver carp biomass levels was set as follows: 0, 116, 176 and 316 g m—2. Nutrients did not show any statistically significant differences among the treatments. An outburst of Daphnia only occurred in fishless enclosures where phytoplankton biomass was the lowest and water clarity significantly increased. While among fish enclosures, the small-sized Moina micrura dominated throughout the experiment and both zooplankton and phytoplankton biomasses decreased with increased fish biomass. No large colonial cyanobacterial blooms occurred in the fishless enclosures as predicted. This might be due to low water temperature, short experiment time and the occurrence of large bodied Daphnia in our experiment. Cryptophyta was the most dominant group in most of the enclosures and the lake water throughout the experiment. The fishless enclosure had much lower proportion of Cyanophyta but higher proportion of Trachelomonas sp.
    International Review of Hydrobiology 01/2002; 87(1):107-119. · 1.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Enclosure experiments with three treatments (sediment addition, sediment + nitrogen enrichment, sediment + phosphorus enrichment) and unfertilized controls were performed in shallow hypereutrophic Lake Donghu during the summer of 2000. Dense Microcystis aeruginosa blooms occurred in all the enclosures during the experimental period but not in the surrounding lake water. Generally, the dominant rotifers were Polyarthra vulgalis, Filinia longiseta, Proales sp. and Asplanchna sp. at the beginning of the experiment, followed by a shift to Brachionus calyciflorus, Trichocerca similis, Cephalodella catellina and Anuraeopsis fissa, and finally to F. longiseta, Proales sp. and Keratella cochleris. M. aeruginosa blooms strongly suppressed the larger Diaphanosoma brachyurum but enhanced the development of the smaller cladocerans and rotifers that probably efficiently utilized organic matter from M. aeruginosa through the detritus food chain. The smaller cladoceran and rotifers coexisted successfully throughout the experimental period.
    Journal of Freshwater Ecology 01/2002; 17(2):239-247. · 0.59 Impact Factor
  • Huijuan Tang, Ping Xie
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    ABSTRACT: Budgets and dynamics of nitrogen and phosphorus in Lake Donghu were investigated from Oct. 1997 to Sept. 1999. The water residence time was estimated to be 89 days in 1997–1998 and 124 days in 1998–1999. The total external loadings were 53 g N m yr and 3.2 g P m yr in 1997–1998, and 42 g N m yr and 3.1 g P m yr in 1998–1999. On average. about 80% of nitrogen and phosphorus input was from sewage outlets, while the rest was from land runoff and precipitation. Ammonium ion was the most abundant form of inorganic nitrogen in the sewage. The nutrient output was mainly through water outflow and fish catch. The percentages of nutrients in fish were estimated to be 7.8%-11.2% for nitrogen and 47.6%-49.6% for phosphorus. Lake Donghu has a very high nutrient retention (63% for nitrogen and 79% for phosphorus) mainly due to its closure and long water residence time. Sedimentation is an important nutrient retention mechanism in this lake. Using mass balance method, we estimated that denitrification of Lake Donghu involves about 50% of the retained nitrogen. Lake Donghu is rich in inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus and showed great seasonal variation.
    Journal of Freshwater Ecology 12/2000; 15(4):505-514. · 0.59 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An enclosure experiment was conducted in July–September 2001 in subtropical eutrophic Lake Donghu (China) to test a hypothesis that a moderate cyanobacterial biomass would have a positive effect on small-sized cladocerans. Eight enclosures (12.5 m3) were arranged with different nutrient concentrations using the lake water, tap water, and sediment from Lake Donghu. Microcystis blooms appeared in enclosures with higher nutrient concentrations and the average fresh weight biomass of Microcystis spp. ranged from 4.6 to 30.4 mg l−1 during the bloom period. Three cladocerans (Moina micrura, Diaphanosoma brachyurum, and Ceriodaphnia cornuta) and two cyclopoids (Mesocyclops dissimilis and Thermocyclops taihokuensis) dominated the crustacean plankton community during the experimental period. The C. cornuta biomass constituted the greatest percentage (55.9–90.0%) of cladoceran biomass in the Microcystis bloom treatments. When the Microcystis biomass increased, the average biomass of C. cornuta increased and the biomass of M. micrura and D. brachyurum decreased, whereas the cyclopoid biomass did not change significantly. The total biomass of cladoceran and crustacean plankton were significantly positively correlated with the Microcystis biomass. Our results indicate that a moderate biomass of Microcystis spp. can favor crustacean plankton to some extent and, furthermore, may impact food web structures in a eutrophic lake.
    Hydrobiologia 711(1). · 2.21 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

99 Citations
14.31 Total Impact Points


  • 2013
    • shanxi agricultural university
      Shanxi, Liaoning, China
  • 2005
    • Sun Yat-Sen University
      • School of Environmental Science and Engineering
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
  • 2002
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences
      • Institute of Hydrobiology
      Peping, Beijing, China