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Duong Thi Thuy, Le Thi Phuong Quynh, Ho Tu Cuong, Vu Thi Nguyet, Hoang Thi Thu Hang, Dang Dinh Kim, Lu XiXi (2014).

Phytoplankton community structure and water quality of Red River, VietnamJ. Viet. Env, Vol 6(1), pp. 27-33, DOI: 10.13141/jve.vol6.no1.pp27-33

This study aimed to describe the distribution and relative abundance of the phytoplankton obtainedduring the two seasons (rainy and dry seasons) from the Red river system. The water and phyto-plankton samples were monthly collected during the year 2012 at four sampling stations along theRed River (Yen Bai, Vu QuangHoaBinh,and Ha Noi) . Environmental variables (e.g. tempera-ture, dissolved oxygen, pH, suspended solids, conductivity, TDS, NO3-N, NH4-N, PO4-P, TotalPhosphorus; and DOC) and phytoplankton (e.g. cell density and relative abundant species) wereanalyzed. Six phytoplankton classes were identified with the Bacillariophyceae dominating in thephytoplankton community. A distinct seasonal variation in phytoplankton structure was observedwith high cells density in dry season and low values in rainy season. PCA (Principal ComponentAnalysis) showed that suspended solid factor that governed the temporal and spatial distribution ofphytoplankton structure in the Red River system.
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