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Hydrobiological Journal
SJR: 0.227 SNIP: 0.575 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Print: 0018-8166
ISSN Online: 1943-5991

Hydrobiological Journal

DOI: 10.1615/HydrobJ.v40.i6.60
9 pages

Changes in the Structure of Macrozoobenthos of the Cooling Pond of the Chernobyl NPS in Response to a Decrease in the Thermal Load on its Ecosystem

N. S. Severenchuk
Kiev National University; Institute of Hydrobiology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine


Results of long-term studies on the structure of macrozoobenthos of the cooling pond of the Chernobyl NPS were generalized. Changes in the species composition and quantitative indices of development of communities of benthic invertebrates were analyzed. It has been found that the species diversity and numbers of macrozoobenthos of the cooling pond increased as a result of the processes of ecological succession.