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2013 (Vol. 2, Issue: 4)
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Periphyton as Inorganic Pollution Indicators in Nyangores Tributary of the Mara River in Kenya

E.O. Mbao, N. Kitaka, S.O. Oduor and J. Kipkemboi
Corresponding Author:  E.O. Mbao 

Key words:  Anthropogenic, biomass, catchment, community structures, temporal, ,
Vol. 2 , (4): 81-93
Submitted Accepted Published
August 30, 2013 September 12, 2013 November 20, 2013

The Aim of this study was to investigate the use of attached algae also known as periphyton as indicators of inorganic pollution in Nyangores tributary of Mara River in Kenya. The river suffers impacts of agricultural pollutants in its upper course due to the intensive farming activities in this region coupled with other anthropogenic activities which result into the production of various pollutants that finally find their way into this river The river was sampled twice a month from February 2012 to May 2012, at eight in which the data on nutrients and periphyton community structure and biomass were collected. Simultaneously, physical and chemical variables such as water temperature, conductivity, discharge, total suspended solids, pH, dissolved oxygen, ammonium, nitrate, nitrite, soluble reactive phosphorus, total phosphorus were measured. In order to interpret the influence of the environmental on the periphyton characteristics, two-way ANOVA was used. The data collected was statistically analyzed using JMP version 10 (product of SASinc : - Statistical Analysis System) for significant differences between the periphyton community structures with temporal nutrient variation as well as comparison of different physical and chemical parameters between sampling sites in different months. The findings from this study showed that nutrients had a strong correlation with periphyton community structure.
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E.O. Mbao, N. Kitaka, S.O. Oduor and J. Kipkemboi, 2013. Periphyton as Inorganic Pollution Indicators in Nyangores Tributary of the Mara River in Kenya.  International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 2(4): 81-93.
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