Ecology of Aquatic Plant Species: Effects of Water Chemistry on Aquatic Plant Species: Preliminary Studies on Myriophyllum spicatum,
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS
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The effect of water chemistry on the growth of M. spicatum appears to involve primarily the availability of dissolved inorganic carbon. Under low carbon conditions, specific cations Ca and to a lesser extent K may be involved in carbon acquisition Lowenhaput 1956 Lucas and Dainty 1977. The combined effects of low levels of Ca and low C availability can result in decreased growth and the development of premature senescence in M. spicatum.