Eutrophication: Alkaline phosphatase revisited

Maria José Boavida, Waleed Hamza, Delio Ruggiu, Rui T. Marques

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Although very well known as a phenomenon, eutrophication of lakes remains as an unresolved problem. Freshwater has become a limited resource everywhere, even critical in some areas of the world. Water quality problems must be identified as early as possible and at a minimum time and cost, so solutions can be found quickly and be effective. Alkaline phosphatase, according to a number of researchers, is a good indicator of phosphorus limitation and eutrophication. Other results, however, are apparently contradictory. A small set of data from lakes of varying trophy show the value of alkaline phosphatase as an indicator of eutrophication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Limnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Eutrophication
  • Phosphatase
  • Phosphomonoesters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology


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