International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 3 Issue 3 2012- November 2012    Pages: 1185-1193  <<Previous    Next>>

A survey of algal blooms in the ponds of Pallippuram, Kerala, India

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Dhanya,S.,Smitha Sebastian, Ammini Joseph

School of Environmental Studies, Cochin University of Science and Technology,
Kochi, Kerala, India

ABSTRACT

A survey of ponds in the Pallippuam Panchayath of Cherthala taluk, Kerala was undertaken from October 2010 to May 2011.  Out of the 873 ponds surveyed 66% are unused, while 33% are used for domestic purpose other than drinking and irrigation; 11 ponds are used as drinking water source.  Among the unused ponds 48 had algal blooms comprising species of Cyanophyta and Charophyta. They were observed as scums or mat on the surface of the ponds.

Keywords: Pallippuram Panchayath, algal bloom, ponds, Cyanophyta, Charophyta

DOI:10.6088/ijes.2012030133027

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