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Effect of permanent sea ice cover and different nutrient regimes on the phytoplankton succession of fjords of the Vestfold Hills Oasis, eastern Antarctica

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McMinn, A and Bleakley, N and Steinberner, K and Roberts, D and Trenerry, LJ, Effect of permanent sea ice cover and different nutrient regimes on the phytoplankton succession of fjords of the Vestfold Hills Oasis, eastern Antarctica, Journal of Plankton Research, 22, (2) pp. 287-303. ISSN 0142-7873 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1093/plankt/22.2.287

Abstract

Early season phytoplankton communities in both Omega and Taynaya Bays are characterized by diatoms sedimenting out of the overlying sea ice. Initial nitrate, phosphate and silicate levels are high and the bay waters are covered with ice and well mixed. In Taynaya Bay the ice cover is retained throughout the season while Omega Bay is ice free for 6-8 weeks. After ice break out in Omega Bay, the phytoplankton community changes from one dominated by diatoms to one dominated by the phytoflagellates, Pyramimonas spp., Cryptomonas sp. and Gymnodinium sp. In Taynaya Bay the ice remained and even though phytoflagellates became more common, diatoms still dominated. These differences in community composition result from differences in light climate, extent of stratification and nutrient levels.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
Author:Steinberner, K (Ms Kerrie Steinberner)
Author:Roberts, D (Dr Donna Roberts)
Author:Trenerry, LJ (Ms Louise Trenerry)
ID Code:20150
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:27
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-04-26
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