We explore the genetic diversity of cyanobacteria in four eutrophic NTL core study lakes (Lakes Mendota, Monona, Kegonsa, and Wingra) using a culture-independent genetic method (Miller and McMahon 2011). The goals of this study were to 1) describe the phylogeny of cyanobacteria in each lake, and 2) examine genotype richness and evenness as the determinants of cyanobacterial diversity.
Eutrophication, the over-enrichment of freshwaters with nutrients, is caused by complex interactions of people and ecosystems that are hard to manage. A long-term perspective shows how management can adapt to changing social and ecological realities, learning from failures and building on successes.
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