Bacterial Load in Relation to Physicochemical Parameters and Phytoplankton Abundance of an Urban Pond

Md Abdul Karim, ZN Tahmida Begum, Md Sariful Islam
2012 Bangladesh Journal of Botany  
Abundance of bacteria and phytoplankton was studied in different months of an urban pond of Dhaka Metropolis from May 2009 to February 2010. Interrelationships among bacteria, phytoplankton densities and the physiochemical properties were also determined. The abundance of bacteria ranged from 5.9×10 3 to 1.5 ×10 7 cfu/100 ml and showed high densities between May and July, while the density of phytoplankton varied from 6.7×10 4 to 7.5×10 6 cells/l. Bacterial abundance showed a significant
more » ... e correlation with air and water temperature, while phytoplankton showed a significant negative correlation with both of them. Furthermore, bacteria showed a significant positive correlation with conductivity, TDS and alkalinity. Among the physicochemical variables water temperature was significantly correlated with air temperature, pH and alkalinity. Conductivity correlated significantly with TDS and alkalinity. With few exceptions there was inverse relationship between phytoplankton and bacterial abundance in the pond.
doi:10.3329/bjb.v41i1.11077 fatcat:aeeswygsjvd3bcsdqgg3zuu42m