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Quantum yield and photosynthetic parameters of marine microalgae from the southern Arctic Ocean, Svalbard

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McMinn, A and Hegseth, EN, Quantum yield and photosynthetic parameters of marine microalgae from the southern Arctic Ocean, Svalbard, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 84, (5) pp. 865-871. ISSN 0025-3154 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0025315404010112h

Abstract

The quantum yield and photosynthetic parameters of phytoplankton and sea ice microalgal communities were assessed from the Arctic Ocean and fjords of northern Svalbard. The phytoplankton community in Fram Strait was dominated by Phaeocystis while on Norskebanken it was dominated by diatoms. The quantum yield showed maximum values of 0.64 at 20-40 m below the surface and were consistent with nutrient replete waters elsewhere. Sea ice infiltration communities were widespread and dominated by Phaeocystis. This is the first record of an Arctic infiltration ice community. Quantum yields were relatively low (0.247). Bottom ice communities, which were dominated by Nitzschia frigida, were extremely restricted and had moderate quantum yields (0.427). Communities growing on multiyear ice had quantum yields of only 0.126. All ice communities were well adapted to their light environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant Biology
Research Field:Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses)
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Natural Hazards
Objective Field:Natural Hazards in Marine Environments
Author:McMinn, A (Professor Andrew McMinn)
ID Code:32317
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:47
Deposited By:IASOS
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2005-06-06
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