1. The influence of light, temperature, sediment mixing and sediment origin (water depth) on the recruitment of the cyanobacterium Gloeotrichia echinulata was examined in the laboratory.
2. Light and temperature were the most important factors initiating germination in G. echinulata.
3. The extent of germination (recruited biovolume) was mainly regulated by temperature and sediment mixing. Furthermore, sediment mixing significantly enhanced the frequency of observed heterocysts and colonies.
4. Despite the fact that the deep and shallow sediments contained a similar number of akinete colonies, the highest recruitment occurred from shallow sediments, indicating that akinetes from shallow sediments have a higher viability than those from deeper parts of the lake.
5. Our results support the hypothesis that shallow sediments are more important than profundal sediments for the recruitment of G. echinulata to the pelagic zone.
2004. Vol. 49, no 3, 265-273 p.