Helophyte impacts on the response of hyporheic invertebrate communities to inundation events in intermittent streams

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  • Viktor Baranov
  • Djuradj Milošević
  • Marie J. Kurz
  • Jay P. Zarnetske
  • Francesc Sabater
  • Eugenia Marti
  • Anne Robertson
  • Tanja Brandt
  • Albert Sorolla
  • Jörg Lewandowski

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External organisations

  • Humboldt University of Berlin; Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Geography Department; Rudower Chaussee 16 12489 Berlin Germany
  • Department of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics; University of Niš; Višegradska 33, 18000 Niš Serbia
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Michigan State University, East Lansing; Michigan USA
  • Department d'Ecologia, Facultat de Biologia; Universitat de Barcelona; Barcelona Spain
  • Integrative Freshwater Ecology Group; Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC), Accés a la Cala Sant Francesc 14; 17300 Blanes Spain
  • Department of Life Sciences; University of Roehampton; Holybourne Avenue London SW15 4JD U.K
  • Department of Hydrogeology; Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ; Leipzig Germany
  • Naturale a conserva ció s.l; Castellar del Valles Catalonia Spain
  • Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Birmingham, Robert Aitken Institute, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK, B15 2TT.


The effects of experimental inundation on invertebrate communities in artificial flumes fed with treated wastewater were investigated. Flumes, designed to simulate intermittent river conditions, were planted with three different species of helophytes widely used in river restoration around the water-stressed regions of Europe. Different species of vegetation had different capabilities to reduce the invertebrates negative reaction on inundation, related mostly to rhizosphere density. Of the three helophyte species tested, only one, Lysimachia vulgaris, showed significant capabilities to reduce invertebrate negative reaction on inundation. Species richness of invertebrates before and after the inundation did not change in any of the flumes, while species density significantly declined in all flumes except one planted with L. vulgaris. This helophyte species was associated with high densities of the Culicidae larvae (common mosquitos) which has severe implications for river restoration and vector management in the region. This study indicates that the selection and establishment of different helophyte species will impact invertebrate communities in restored streams, especially streams experiencing variable inundation conditions.


Original languageEnglish
Early online date17 Mar 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Mar 2017


  • Invertebrates , Intermittence , Inundation , Helophytes , Hyporheic