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Sediment Requirements for Freshwater Pearl Mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) Recruitment: Sedimentkraven för Rekrytering hos Flodpärlmussla (Margaritifera margaritifera)
Karlstad University, Division for Environmental Sciences.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

The sediment requirements for freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) recruitment, in 18 rivers in the counties of Västra Götaland, Örebro, Värmland and Västmanland in Sweden, were investigated. The top 4 cm of sediment in the rivers was analysed in terms of size, distribution and organic compound within the fine sediment. The aims of the study were to determine whether there is a relation between sediment particle size compound and freshwater pearl mussel recruitment as well as between organic compound in fine sediment and recruitment of mussels. The study shows that there is a significant difference in the amount of organic silt between non-recruitment and recruitment sites with a higher percentage of organic silt in recruitment sites. There is also a legible difference between the amounts of silt per sample between non-recruitment sites and recruitment sites where there was significantly more silt in sediment samples of non-recruitment sites. With the exception of fine sediment, no significant difference was found between non-recruitment and recruitment sites regarding size class distribution.

Abstract [sv]

Sammanfattning

Sedimentkraven för rekrytering hos flodpärlmussla (Margaritifera maragaritifera) i 18 svenska vattendrag belägna i Västra Götalands, Örebro, Värmlands och Västmanlands län undersöktes. Vattendragens översta 4 cm sediment analyserades gällande storlek, fördelning och organisk sammansättning i finsedimentet. Målen med studien var att fastställa huruvida det finns förhållanden mellan sedimentets partikelstorleksammansättning och rekrytering av flodpärlmussla samt mellan finsedimentets organiska sammansättning och rekrytering av musslor. Studien visar en signifikant skillnad i organiskt finsediment mellan icke-rekryteringsplatser och platser med rekrytering där rekryteringsplatser hade högre procentuell andel organiskt finsediment. En signifikant skillnad påvisades också mellan andel finsediment per sedimentprov där sedimentprov från icke-rekryteringsplatser innehöll en högre procentuell andel finsediment. Förutom gällande finsediment påvisades ingen signifikant skillnad i sedimentets storleksdistribution mellan rekryterings- och icke-rekryteringsplatser.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , p. 16
Keywords [en]
Biology, Ecology
Keywords [sv]
Biologi, Ekologi
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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-571OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-571DiVA, id: diva2:6250
Presentation
2006-12-14
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bio-/geovetenskap
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