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Hydrobiological Journal
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Hydrobiological Journal

DOI: 10.1615/HydrobJ.v44.i2.20
pages 16-28

Assessment of Water Quality in the Yarqon River (the Central Israel) in terms of the Methods of Bioindication and Bioassay

M. Tavasi
Institute of Evolution, Haifa University, Mount Carmel, 31905 Haifa, Israel
S. S. Barinova
Institute of Evolution, Haifa University, Mount Carmel, 31905 Haifa, Israel
Ye. Nevo
Institute of Evolution, Haifa University, Mount Carmel, 31905 Haifa, Israel
Solomon P. Wasser
N.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, NAS of Ukraine, 2 Tereshchenkovskaya Str., Kiev 01004, Ukraine; International Center for Cryptogamic Plants and Fungi, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel


Water quality in the Yarqon river was assessed in May − June 2005 using the methods of bioindication and bioassay. Water quality index (WQI) was also calculated. Among 147 found species of algae and Cyanoprocaryota, 131 species were indicators of the environmental conditions. The saprobic index S ranged from 1.90 to 2.75 (III−IV classes of water quality). It has been found that household sewage from the Kane tributary essentially influence water quality in the Yarqon river. Intensive processes of self-purification within the (β-α-mesosaprobic zones are registered in the river.

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