Department Aquatic Ecology

Extensive field data was collected from lake complexes in the Romanian part of the Danube Delta, to assess the occurrence of harmful cyanobacterial blooms. Since detailed long-term monitoring data were missing from those lakes, from sediment cores we:


  1. reconstructed occurrence and structure of cyanobacterial blooms by PCR
  2. evaluated the presence of toxic genes by PCR
  3. resurrected Daphnia from resting eggs
  4. tested pre- and post-eutrophication Daphnia populations for local adaptation to cyanobacterial blooms in laboratory experiments.


Monchamp, M.-E.; Spaak, P.; Pomati, F. (2019) Long term diversity and distribution of non-photosynthetic cyanobacteria in peri-Alpine lakes, Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 3344 (11 pp.), doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.03344, Institutional Repository
Monchamp, M.-E.; Spaak, P.; Domaizon, I.; Dubois, N.; Bouffard, D.; Pomati, F. (2018) Homogenization of lake cyanobacterial communities over a century of climate change and eutrophication, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2, 317-324, doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0407-0, Institutional Repository
Monchamp, M.-E.; Enache, I.; Turko, P.; Pomati, F.; Rîşnnoveanu, G.; Spaak, P. (2017) Sedimentary and egg-bank DNA from 3 European lakes reveal concurrent changes in the composition and diversity of cyanobacterial and Daphnia communities, Hydrobiologia, 800, 155-172, doi:10.1007/s10750-017-3247-7, Institutional Repository
Fontana, S.; Thomas, M. K.; Moldoveanu, M.; Spaak, P.; Pomati, F. (2018) Individual-level trait diversity predicts phytoplankton community properties better than species richness or evenness, ISME Journal, 12, 356-366, doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.160, Institutional Repository
Monchamp, M.-E.; Walser, J.-C.; Pomati, F.; Spaak, P. (2016) Sedimentary DNA reveals cyanobacterial community diversity over 200 years in two perialpine lakes, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 82(21), 6472-6482, doi:10.1128/AEM.02174-16, Institutional Repository
Drugă, B.; Turko, P.; Spaak, P.; Pomati, F. (2016) Cyanobacteria affect fitness and genetic structure of experimental Daphnia populations, Environmental Science and Technology, 50(7), 3416-3424, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b05973, Institutional Repository
Tardent, N.; Tellenbach, C.; Turko, P.; Spaak, P. (2017) Clonal structure and depth selection during a Caullerya mesnili epidemic in a hybridizing population of the Daphnia longispina complex, Hydrobiologia, 798(1), 33-44, doi:10.1007/s10750-015-2632-3, Institutional Repository