Study

The addition of artificial macrophytes in an attempt to improve water quality at Barton Broad, Norfolk, England

  • Published source details Kelly A. (2006) The addition of artificial macrophytes in an attempt to improve water quality at Barton Broad, Norfolk, England. Conservation Evidence, 3, 44-46

Summary

Artificial macrophytes have been suggested as a means of improving water quality by providing zooplankton refugia. Plastic brushes provided a short term reduction in phosphates as they were absorbed by the periphyton growing on the brushes. They also provided a refuge for invertebrates. After two years, the brushes became colonised by sponges, which greatly reduced their long term usefulness as invertebrate habitat.

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