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Influence of anthropogenic activities on the diversity of Phytoplanktons and Zooplanktons In the river Kaliyasot in Bhopal (M.P.)

Roma Silawat* and Rajendra Chauhan


“Bhopal” the capital of Madhya Pradesh that is additionally referred to as “City of Lakes”. Here more than 15 wetlands are present in and around the city and most of the wetlands are suffering from the problem of eutrophication due to various anthropogenic activities. Eutrophication causes poor water quality which in turn causes reduction of zooplankton diversity and other aquatic organisms in their own natural habitat.

The river Kaliyasot arises from Kaliyasot Dam as a result of its overflow and flows in south-east direction and meets the river Betwa near Bhojpur. Its length is approx. 29 kms. “Van Vihar National Park” is also located in its catchment area. Expanded township and other developmental activities are concentrated around the river which has negative impact on water quality of river. The river also receives untreated domestic sewage water.

The present work deals with the study of plankton diversity in river for its conservation and management point of view.

Keywords: Wetland, eutrophication, diversity, habitat, catchment area.

Posted in Volume 3, Issue No. 2 (April-June 2021)

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