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Environmental chemistry and chemical ecology of microalgae effected by pH: Malakand as a case study

Fida Hussain, Syed Zahir Shah, Muhammad Saleem Khan, Sardar Sikandar Hayat, Khalid Khan

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.7(3), 201-206, September 2015

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Frequent variation in algal diversity with associated scum and unpleasant order is caused by changes in pH of the algal habitat. Among most important growth parameters; pH has a distinct role in the occurrence of microalgae in a specific habitat. The pH of different water bodies of the District Malakand were studied in detail and averages of these values were taken. These locations were studied for three types of water bodies. These were stagnant, running and waste water bodies. The pH recorded for stagnant water ranged between 6.8-8.8, while that of running water was 7-8.7 and that of wastewater was 6.4-8.5. The different seasons affected the pH factor and were highest in summer season for all the three habitats. pH favors the growth of most of the algae in fresh water bodies. pH was also one of the most promising factors which determined the better growth of these microalgae in stagnant water and warm temperature. Among most of the parameters studied for research locations pH has a great role in distribution of microalagae in these areas. Diverse habitat was observed in the research area with neutral pH. Spot with slight acidic or alkaline environment were found to be less diverse in algae.

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Environmental chemistry and chemical ecology of microalgae effected by pH: Malakand as a case study

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