Authors : Prashant C. Shahare
Page Nos : 452-457
Algae play significant ecological role and are being extensively used as indicator of water pollution because they are natural inhabitants of water. Diatoms are a major group of algae and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. Aquatic ecosystem a variety of communities, which constitute the characteristics and functioning of the ecosystem in terms of maintaining production and food chain. The quality of water determines the biological components of the aquatic ecosystem. For qualitative study of Diatoms, samples were collected at monthly intervals from Chulband River during Feb 2010 to Jan 2011. Total 21 species of diatom were identified with the help of relevant monographs & standards literatures. In all 21 forms of Diatoms could be collected and identified which belongs to 13 Genus as Fragilaria (1), Synedra (2), Frustulia (1), Gyrosigma (2), Neidium (1), Stauroneis (2), Anomoeonies (1), Navicula (3), Pinnularia (2), Amphora (1), Cymbella (1), Hantzschia (1) and Nitzschia (2). The genus like Synedra, Navicula and Nitzschia recorded as pollution indicator in the present study but their population was very low. All the taxa were recorded for the first time form the study area and hence the presence study is focused on exploring the various diatoms flora of this River.