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Alahuhta, J., Hellsten, S., Kuoppala, M. et al. Hydrobiologia (2018) 812: 99.

Regional and local determinants of macrophyte community compositions in high-latitude lakes of Finland

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Author: Alahuhta, Janne1; Hellsten, Seppo2; Kuoppala, Minna2;
Organizations: 1Department of Geography, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
2Freshwater Centre, Finnish Environment Institute, 90014 Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-01-07


Species distributions are structured by regional and local determinants, which operate at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The purpose of our work was to distinguish the relative roles of local variables, climate, geographical location and post glaciation condition (i.e., delineation between supra- and subaquatic lakes during the post-glacial Ancylus Lake) in explaining variation in macrophyte community composition of all taxa, helophytes and hydrophytes. In addition, we investigated how these four explanatory variable groups affected macrophyte strategy groups based on Grime’s classification. Using partial linear regression and variation partitioning, we found that macrophyte communities are primarily filtered by local determinants together with regional characteristics at the studied spatial scale. We further evidenced that post glaciation condition indirectly influenced on local water quality variables, which in turn directly contributed to the macrophyte communities. We thus suggest that regional determinants interact with local-scale abiotic factors in explaining macrophyte community patterns and examining only regional or local factors is not sufficient for understanding how aquatic macrophyte communities are structured locally and regionally.

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Series: Hydrobiologia
ISSN: 0018-8158
ISSN-E: 1573-5117
ISSN-L: 0018-8158
Volume: 812
Issue: 1
Pages: 99 - 114
DOI: 10.1007/s10750-016-2843-2
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1172 Environmental sciences
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: The project was partly supported by Biological Monitoring of Finnish Freshwaters under the diffuse loading project (XPR3304) financed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and partly by the national surveillance monitoring programmes of lakes. Seppo Hellsten was supported by the EU-funded MARS project (7th EU Framework Programme, Theme 6., Contract No.: 603378).
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