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Research Journal of Botany
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 108-112
DOI: 10.3923/rjb.2007.108.112
 
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Occurrence and Distribution of Aquatic Macrophytes in Relation to the Nutrient Content in Sediments of Two Freshwater Lake Ecosystems in the Nigerian Savanna

Sunday P. Bako, Priscilla Daudu, Mohammed L. Balarabe and Mathias Chia

Abstract:
Studies were conducted to evaluate the variation in the composition of the macrophyte communities in relation to the nutrient content in the sediments of Kubanni Lake and Makwaye Lake Zaria, located in the Northern Guinea Savanna eco-region of Nigeria. Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Calcium were higher in Makwaye Lake than in Kubanni. Potassium on the other hand, was higher in Kubanni than in Makwaye Lake. Magnesium was not detected in either of the two lakes. Emergent aquatic plant species dominated the vegetation of the two lakes during the period of sampling. Both the number of species present and the densities of such species were higher in Makwaye than in Kubanni lake. While 15 species were recorded in Kubanni lake, 18 were recorded in Makwaye lake. Similarly species densities (stands per square metre) ranged from 1-36, in Kubanni, while this ranged from 3-75 in Makwaye. Implications of these trends to the well being of the two ecosytems are highlighted.
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How to cite this article:

Sunday P. Bako, Priscilla Daudu, Mohammed L. Balarabe and Mathias Chia, 2007. Occurrence and Distribution of Aquatic Macrophytes in Relation to the Nutrient Content in Sediments of Two Freshwater Lake Ecosystems in the Nigerian Savanna. Research Journal of Botany, 2: 108-112.

DOI: 10.3923/rjb.2007.108.112

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=rjb.2007.108.112

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