From the Back Cover
Algae are an important component of aquatic benthic eco-systems because they reflect the health of their environment through their density, abundance, and diversity. This comprehensive and authoritative text has been prepared by leading authorities in the field and includes comprehensive treatment of the functions of benthic algae as well as the factors that affect these important aquatic organisms. As concern over environmental health escalates, the keystone and pivotal role played by algae is becoming more apparent. This volume in theAquatic Ecology Series
represents an important compilation of the latest research on the crucial niche occupied by algae in aquatic ecosystems.Algal Ecology
is an essential reference for anyone interested in understanding and managing freshwater ecosystems.