Leyi ni

Leyi ni
Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS · Center of Freshwater Ecology

PhD

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Introduction of planktivorous fish or eutrophication can alter lake food webs, especially the zooplankton communities are susceptible to changes in top–down and bottom-up controls, and eventually lead to the dominance of harmful cyanobacteria. Hence, for the recovery of large-size zooplankton abundance that graze on cyanobacteria, there is an urgen...
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Increasing eutrophication poses a considerable threat to freshwater ecosystems, which are closely associated with human well-being. As important functional entities for freshwater ecosystems, submerged macrophytes have suffered rapidly decline with eutrophication. However, it is unclear whether and how submerged macrophytes maintain their ecologica...
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Macrophytes are affected by many natural and human stressors globally but their long-term responses to these multiple stressors are not often quantified. We employed remote sensing and statistical tools to analyze datasets from both short-term (2017-2018) field investigations to explore seasonal patterns, and long-term (1988-2018) Landsat remote-se...
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The impact of biodiversity on ecosystem functions and services remains a hot topic in ecology, especially under increasing biodiversity loss. Studies on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning have identified two regulatory mechanisms: i.e., “niche complementarity” and “selection effect”. However, the relative importance of...
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Removal of planktivorous fish is used extensively in northern temperate lakes to reduce phytoplankton abundance via enhanced zooplankton grazing. However, whether this method would work also in large subtropical highland lakes to alleviate cyanobacterial blooms is unknown. We conducted a one-year pilot in situ experiment where we removed a substant...
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Introductions or alien species invasions will induce changes in aquatic ecosystems but are rarely reported in Chinese highland lakes. The Japanese smelt (Hypomesus nipponensis) invaded and has become a dominant fish species in Lake Erhai, a highland lake in southwestern China, since 2016. Here, we engineered Ecopath models for two different periods...
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Decreased underwater light availability is one of the most important environmental factors leading to the decline in submersed macrophytes in lakes. However, previous studies mostly focused on a relatively short time scale and lack data on the continuous monitoring of plant life history traits under different light conditions. The present experimen...
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In shallow eutrophic lakes, submersed macrophytes are essential for maintaining a clear water state, and they are affected markedly by fishes directly through herbivory and indirectly by fish-invertebrate-periphyton complexity, a pathway that presently is not well understood in subtropical lakes but probably vital to lake managements. We conducted...
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A large body of evidence suggests that the physical and chemical characteristics of the sediment in lakes that have undergone eutrophication have been significantly altered. However, the effects of alterations in sediments on submersed macrophytes remain unknown. In this study, we present the results of an outdoor experiment that examined how the g...
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With the increasing exogenous nutrients, the continued declining water quality, the year-to-year increasing algae biomass, and the sharply fluctuating water levels, the succession rate of the submerged macrophyte community in Lake Erhai increases over the past several decades. The survey in July 2016 showed that the submerged macrophyte community i...
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Adaptations to low light and water depth stresses are crucial for the survival of submerged macrophytes. To determine the phenotypic responses of Vallisneria natans to such stresses, we combined a field investigation, a light control experiment and an in situ response experiment to evaluate adaptive variations in fresh weight and morphological and...
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Submerged plants are crucial for maintaining a clear water state in lakes, and their distribution area is usually determined by the lowest distribution boundary (LDB). However, LDBs of submerged macrophytes often exhibit species differences and vary with seasonal water level fluctuations. In this study, we carried out a three-year field investigati...
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Trapa natans is one of the main species causing the swamping in the littoral zones of Erhai Lake. It commonly forms a dense canopy on the water surface in the growing season (June–September), which hampers the local water quality and habitat of submerged macrophytes, and releases nutrients to the water after death in autumn and winter, resulting in...
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The introduction of non-native fish species is known to have adverse effects on aquatic ecosystems, but their effect on plateau lakes is not well studied. In this study, we examined the effect of the Japanese smelt (Hypomesus nipponensis) invasion on the fish assemblage in Lake Erhai, a subtropical plateau lake in southwestern China. Through cluste...
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Water level plays a crucial role in the function and social services of lakes. Studies on historical changes in water level and its eco-social function can give insights into future water conservation and management. In this study, interannual and seasonal changes in the water level of Erhai Lake were analyzed from 1952 to 2019 to explore water lev...
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Spatiotemporal variation in community composition is of considerable interest in ecology. However, few studies have focused on seasonal variation patterns in taxonomic and functional community composition at the fine scale. As such, we conducted seasonal high-density sampling of the submerged macrophyte community in Hongshan Bay of Erhai Lake in Ch...
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The global surface temperature has increased by about 0.74°C over the past 100 years, and the frequency of extreme weather has increased as well. We used the state-of-the-art complex, dynamic, mechanistic model GOTM-FABM-PCLake to quantify the impacts of extreme summer warming on a summer-stratified temperate Danish lake. Simulated values of all ca...
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Abstract: Low light environment under water is a common problem in the revegetation of submerged macrophytes. Therefore, it is necessary to study their adaptability to low light stress. The central part of the southern Lake Erhai (a mesotrophic lake in Yunnan Province, China) is flat, with an average annual water depth of about 6.3 m, which was cal...
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Periphyton is an ecological essential in freshwater lakes and rivers. Its abundance and biomass are very dynamic in various habitats and subject to various factors, for example, nutrient and light. Following flooding events, the transitional area adjacent to a river inlet and the shallow lake generates diverse habitats for periphyton with gradients...
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The safety of drinking water is constantly being evaluated. In the last few decades, however, many drinking waters sources in the world, including in China, have undergone serious eutrophication and consequently water quality deterioration due to anthropogenic induced stressors such as elevated external nutrient inputs. In this study, we used the s...
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The relative importance of environmental and spatial drivers in shaping local plant diversity patterns remains unclear. Here, we investigated the environmental and spatial drivers regulating species composition of the submerged macrophyte community in Erhai Lake, China, over different seasons and water-depth gradients. Results showed that environme...
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Many freshwater ecosystems are facing salinity stress but limited information is available about its effects on submerged macrophytes. Here, we assessed the effects of salinity on sprouting and growth of three submerged macrophytes – Potamogeton crispus , Hydrilla verticillata and Myriophyllum spicatum . We conducted experiments in the lab and the...
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The decline in submersed macrophytes induced by low-light stress is ubiquitous in mid-lower Yangtze lakes in China. However, the trade-offs among the adaptation mechanisms used by submersed macrophytes to low-light stress remain unclear. Moreover, the experimental period used in most previous studies was relatively short, and plant traits were not...
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Benthivorous fish disturbance and snail herbivory are two important factors that determine the community structure of submersed macrophytes. We conducted an outdoor mesocosm experiment to examine the separate and combined effects of these two factors on water quality and the growth of two mixed-cultivation submersed macrophytes, Vallisneria natans...
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Phenotypic plasticity is an important adaptation to spatial and temporal environmental variations. For submerged macrophytes, adaptation to water depth and light variation is particularly important. To determine the morphological and physiological adaptive strategies of Vallisneria natans at different water depths and light conditions, we combined...
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Information on temporal dynamics of phytoplankton communities and their responses to environmental factors can provide insights into mechanisms driving succession of phytoplankton communities that is useful in programs to manage and or remediate undesirable assemblages. Populations of phytoplankton can be controlled by bottom-up factors such as nut...
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Low underwater light availability and benthivorous fish-mediated disturbance are two important factors that influence the growth of submersed macrophytes. However, the combined effects of these factors remain unclear. To determine the combined effects of low light and fish-mediated disturbance on the growth of two submersed macrophytes with contras...
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The invasive success of the freshwater snail species (Pomacea canaliculata) continues to wreak havoc around the world. The present study was initiated to analyse spatial trend and associated environmental conditions related to the invasive success of P. canali-culata in Asia. Systematic searches were performed to identify relevant studies through d...
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Leaf soluble carbohydrates (SC), free amino acids (FAA), starch, total phenolics (TOPH), carbon (C), and nitrogen (N) stoichiometry of 24 aquatic macrophyte species were studied at 52 selected sites in eastern, 31 sites in southwestern and 6 sites in western China, including 12 submerged, 6 floating-leaved, 4 emergent and 2 free-floating macrophyte...
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Light is a major limiting resource in aquatic ecosystems and numerous studies have investigated the response of submerged macrophytes to low light conditions. However, few studies have tested whether different light response strategies can also have consequences for macrophyte distribution along different littoral slopes in lakes, which are known t...
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It is one of the most effective ways to control the outbreak of cyanobacteria blooms in eutrophic lakes by stocking silver and bighead carps. In order to evaluate the ecological effects of controlling algae by silver and bighead carps in early eutrophication lakes. In 2016, a little biomanipulation in-situ pen with the stock of silver and bighead c...
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Bacterial communities are an important part of biological diversity and biogeochemical cycling in aquatic ecosystems. In this study, the relationship amongst the phytoplankton species composition and abiotic environmental factors on seasonal changes in the community composition of free-living and attached bacteria in Lake Erhai were studied. Using...
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Few studies have focused on the biomechanical responses of submerged, rosette-forming macrophytes to wave action, water depth, or their co-occurrence in naturally eutrophic systems. The plant architecture, root anchorage strength-related traits, leaf morphology, and biomechanics of Vallisneria natans inhabiting a range of water depths were examined...
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Adaptive transgenerational plasticity is an important evolutionary strategy in plants. We investigated the resource allocation strategy in sexual reproduction and performed an in situ seed germination experiment of Potamogeton maackianus to reveal their responses to different water depths. Later, we discussed the biased adaptability to the maternal...
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Antioxidant systems are vital in life activities of macrophytes. Species with different life forms need to cope with distinct environments by modifying physiological characters, especially antioxidant systems. In order to find differences among life forms and consequence of lake eutrophication, we studied three antioxidant enzymes activity (superox...
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Numerous environmental factors, such as light and temperature, vary a lot with water depth and these factors to a large extent determine the performance of plants. Therefore, water depth may affect the physiological and biochemical characteristics of submerged macrophytes, including leaf carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus stoichiometric characteristic...
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The occurrence of algal blooms in drinking water sources and recreational water bodies have been increasing and causing severe environmental problems worldwide, particularly when blooms dominated by Microcystis spp. Bloom prediction and early warning mechanisms are becoming increasingly important for preventing harmful algal blooms in freshwater ec...
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The occurrence of algal blooms in drinking water sources and recreational water bodies have been increasing and causing severe environmental problems worldwide, particularly when blooms dominated by Microcystis spp. Bloom prediction and early warning mechanisms are becoming increasingly important for preventing harmful algal blooms in freshwater ec...
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Repeated flocculations of 0.3 g/L CMK soil greatly improved water quality. • Phytoplankton biomass decreased by 90%, and community shift was observed. • Number of copepods increased, but zooplankton biomass wasn't altered significantly. • Physiological stresses of V. natans were observed but still can be restored synchronously. The geo-engineering...
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Eutrophication and hydrodynamics determine the final distribution patterns of aquatic macrophytes; however, there is limited available knowledge regarding their interactive effects. Morphological and biomechanical responses to eutrophication and hydrodynamic stresses were assessed by sampling five abundant and dominant species, Potamogeton maackian...
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The mechanism of the decline of aquatic macrophytes in eutrophic waters has recently become a central and growing interest to aquatic ecologists. Here, we described the biomechanical properties of aquatic macrophytes, their responses to eutrophication and their possible contribution to the decline caused by eutrophication. Different from most terre...
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Carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) metabolism are essential for the growth and maintenance of submersed macrophytes. They are affected by nutrient and light availability and seasonal changes. In this study, we investigated the changes of C/N metabolism and growth of three natural submersed macrophyte populations (i.e., each in a different site), Potamoget...
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We characterized variations in bacterioplankton community composition (BCC) in mesocosms subject to three different treatments. Two groups contained fish (group one: Cyprinus carpio; group two: Hypophthalmichthys molitrix); and group three, the untreated mesocosm, was the control. Samples were taken seven times over a 49-day period, and BCC was ana...
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Field studies on carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) stoichiometry of submersed macrophytes commonly focus on mesotrophic or eutrophic waters, while plant stoichiometric characteristics in oligotrophic waters, which may be different from those in mesotrophic or eutrophic waters, are rarely involved. This work aimed to study the stoichiometr...
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The present study was carried out to determine the efficacy of root foraging and the physiological response of Vallisnaria natans grown in heterogeneous sediments. V. natans was cultivated in two homogeneous and two heterogeneous sediments. The results suggested that V. natans grown in heterogeneous sediments presented a significantly higher root p...
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Eutrophication of shallow lakes occurs worldwide and causes many environmental problems. To explore the species diversity and distribution of aquatic plants in Lake Donghu, which has undergone serious eutrophication over the past several decades, field surveys on aquatic plants were carried out on 1 m × 1 m areas in the littoral zone and 0.2 m × 0....
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In order to control cyanobacteria blooms with silver carp in Lake Taihu, an in situ experiment was carried out by stocking silver carp at a biomass of 35, 70, and 150 g m-3 and no carp control in waterproof enclosures. Physicochemical water parameters and biomass of plankton were measured in enclosures to evaluate the suitable stocking density of s...
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To evaluate the relative importance of photosynthetic versus morphological adaptations of submersed macrophytes to low light intensity in lakes, rapid light curves (RLCs), morphological parameters, relative growth rate (RGR), clonal reproduction and abundance of two submersed macrophytes (Potamogeton maackianus and Vallisneria natans) were examined...
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Carbon(C), nitrogen(N) and total phenols(TP) in plants play important roles in palatability for herbivores and litter decomposition of the plant tissues, which impact C and N cascading among food web and biogeochemical recycling in lake ecosystem. In this study, concentrations of C, N and TP were examined in leaves of 26 aquatic macrophytes (emerge...
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Silver carp is one of the most important planktivorous fish in Chinese aquaculture and plays a significant role controlling cyanobacterial blooms. A balanced gut microbiota is crucial for growth and health of the host because of its important roles in immune defense, digestion of complex carbohydrates, and production of enterocytes. In our study, t...
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The physiochemical and planktonic community responses of the water column to the introduction of silver and bighead carp at a biomass of 50 g m−3 were studied in enclosures in the hypereutrophic Meiliang Bay of Lake Taihu over a 54-day period. Groups of silver carp and bighead carp stocked at weight ratios of 1:0 (G1), 1:1(G2) and 1:2 (G3) as well...
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Microcystis, a genus of cyanobacteria that is dominant in eutrophic lakes, occurs mainly as colonial morphs under natural conditions but as single cells in laboratory cultures. Recent studies have suggested that Microcystis-bacteria interactions significantly influence Microcystis morphology, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In this st...
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As external nutrients inputs above a critical level may drive shallow lakes to shift from clear water to a turbid state, it is important to detect ecological changes of the lake at an early stage of the eutrophication process. In this way, it is possible to assess the stress tolerance of the system and thereby improve the possibilities for proper m...
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Microcystis, a genus of cyanobacteria that is dominant in eutrophic lakes, occurs mainly as colonial morphs under natural conditions but as single cells in laboratory cultures. Recent studies have suggested that Microcystis–bacteria interactions significantly influence Microcystis morphology, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In this st...
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Phosphorus (P) is an important element in lake ecosystems. Aquatic plants play a key role in the biochemical cycle of P in lakes. The interspecific and seasonal variations in P content of seven common submersed macrophytes in Erhai Lake were investigated. The results indicated that P contents of submersed macrophytes in Erhai Lake fit the normal di...
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The water quality of Erhai Lake is good as a whole, but its decreasing trend is not optimistic; the water ecosystem of Erhai Lake has changed dramatically, showing an obvious degenerating trend. The main reasons for the ecosystem degeneration are as follows: inflow pollution load exceeding the water environmental capacity, not favorable water habit...
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Ammonium (NH4+) is an important nitrogen nutrition for plant growth; however, it is toxic to many plants at high concentration. Eutrophication induces NH4+enrichment in shallow lakes and increases risk of NH4+ toxicity to submersed macrophytes. Potassium (K+) was known as an alleviant to the toxic syndromes of plant under NH4+ stress. In the presen...
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Submerged macrophytes mainly distribute in the wind-protected littoral zones, rather than continuously distribute around the lake due to mechanical damage by strong wave. However, it is unknown how the biomechanical properties, the key targets against mechanical stress, contribute to its survival and distribution in natural aquatic ecosystem. In th...
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Variability in biomass allocation and growth rate of submersed macrophytes along water depth gradients may lead to different carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) stoichiometric characteristics. We conducted a field investigation to evaluate long-term effects of water depth on C, N and P stoichiometry of three submersed macrophytes, Potamoget...
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The effects of flue gas and outer wall temperature on the ash deposition characteristics of heating surface tubes during the combustion of three different coals were experimentally investigated on a 3 MW pulverized-coal combustion test rig, including two high sodium coals from Xinjiang and one non-high-sodium coal. Results indicate that the flue ga...