Size-selective microzooplankton grazing on the phytoplankton in the Curonian Lagoon (SE Baltic Sea).

Grinienė, Evelina, Šulčius, Sigitas and Kuosa, Harri (2016) Size-selective microzooplankton grazing on the phytoplankton in the Curonian Lagoon (SE Baltic Sea). Open Access Oceanologia, 58 (4). pp. 292-301. DOI 10.1016/j.oceano.2016.05.002.

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Abstract

Dilution experiments were performed to estimate phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing rates at two sites: freshwater (Nida) and brackish water (Smiltyne) in the Curonian Lagoon (SE Baltic Sea). Using the size-fractionation approach and dilution experiments, we found that the microzooplankton community was able to remove up to 78% of nanophytoplankton (2–20 μm) standing stock and 130% of the total daily primary production in the brackish waters of the lagoon, and up to 83% of standing stock and 76% of the primary production of picophytoplankton (0.2–2 μm) in the freshwater part. The observed differences were attributed to the changes in ciliate community size and trophic structure, with larger nano-filterers (30–60 μm) dominating the brackish water assemblages and pico-nano filterers (<20 μm and 20–30 μm) prevailing in the freshwater part of the lagoon.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Ciliates; Pico- and nanophytoplankton; Dilution experiments; Phytoplankton pigments; Predator–prey interactions
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.oceano.2016.05.002
ISSN: 0078-3234
Projects: BONUS BIO-C3
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 12:57
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2017 12:57
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/35965

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