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Biovolume and biomass estimates of key diatoms in the Southern Ocean


Cornet-Barthaux, V and Armand, LK and Queguiner, B, Biovolume and biomass estimates of key diatoms in the Southern Ocean, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 48, (3) pp. 295-308. ISSN 0948-3055 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.3354/ame048295


Linear measurements of 31 Southern Ocean diatom species or genus groupings are presented and used in the derivation of species-specific biovolume, biomass and surface to volume ratios. Species measurements are in tune with summarised values in the literature and range from 2.6 to 2296 μm in length and 8.5 to 140 μm in diameter. Average cell volume ranged from 63 to 1.43 × 205 μm3 and biomass from 10 to 3686 pg C cell -1, the values being smallest in pennate shaped species and greatest in cylindrical centrics. The 31 species can be divided into 7 small, 12 intermediate and 12 large biomass contributors based on their cell volume and/or their surface to volume ratio. Carbon biomass estimates from biovolume equations are discussed and suggest that future work including large Southern Ocean species is warranted. Species-specific biomass values reported here should serve as a baseline for future analyses of major diatom carbon contributors in the generally high nutrient, low chlorophyll Southern Ocean. © Inter-Research 2007.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Other biological sciences
Research Field:Other biological sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Armand, LK (Dr Leanne Armand)
ID Code:49821
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-10-29

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