Rotifers in Lake Orta: a potential ecological and evolutionary model system

Submitted: 4 June 2015
Accepted: 9 October 2015
Published: 13 April 2016
Abstract Views: 3303
PDF: 1104
HTML: 1682
Publisher's note
All claims expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of their affiliated organizations, or those of the publisher, the editors and the reviewers. Any product that may be evaluated in this article or claim that may be made by its manufacturer is not guaranteed or endorsed by the publisher.


Lake Orta experienced for a few decades a unique history of chronic pollution, with extreme changes in pH and copper concentration. Currently, the lake has recovered to its almost pristine oligotrophic conditions, but its sediments still preserve the record of all the changes that happened since the establishment of the first polluting factories in the 1920s, through to the liming activities in 1989-1990, and to the recovery phase that is still going on. Here we review the current knowledge for Lake Orta regarding rotifers, a diverse component of the zooplankton of the lake, through studies on living organisms and on their resting stages accumulated in the sediments. We also report a brief review of what is known in general on the effects of changes in pH and copper concentration on rotifers at the population, species and community level, providing expectations for such effects on the rotifers of Lake Orta. Then, we conclude our review with a perspective on the potential use of rotifers hatched from the resting stages in the sediment of Lake Orta with the description of experiments that can be performed in the future in the framework of resurrection ecology, in order to understand the mechanisms of past and future changes in the environment.



PlumX Metrics


Download data is not yet available.


How to Cite

Sommer, Stefan, Sarma Nandini, S.S.S. Sarma, Arpat Ozgul, and Diego Fontaneto. 2016. “Rotifers in Lake Orta: A Potential Ecological and Evolutionary Model System”. Journal of Limnology 75 (s2).

List of Cited By :

Crossref logo