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Dynamics of bacterioplankton activities after a summer phytoplankton bloom period in Terra Nova Bay

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 February 2003

LUIS S. MONTICELLI
Affiliation:
Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico - IAMC group - (CNR), Spianata S. Raineri, 86, 98122 Messina, Italy
ROSABRUNA LA FERLA
Affiliation:
Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico - IAMC group - (CNR), Spianata S. Raineri, 86, 98122 Messina, Italy
GIOVANNA MAIMONE
Affiliation:
Istituto Sperimentale Talassografico - IAMC group - (CNR), Spianata S. Raineri, 86, 98122 Messina, Italy

Abstract

A late summer study of marine bacteria activities, and the interrelationships with the microbial loop and the microbial food chain was carried out from 22 January to 10 February 2000 in a coastal area of Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea). The objective was to investigate the transition from the end of a phytoplanktonic bloom to the start of winter. Intense bacterial activities, comparable to those of temperate marine environments, were observed. The carbon potentially mobilized from proteinaceous matter was quantitatively the most important source of carbon for the bacterioplankton. The leucine aminopeptidase activity was higher in January samples and decreased towards 10 February whereas an opposite trend was observed for alkaline phosphatase and �-glucosidase activities. The bacterial production was supported by c. 0.2% of the amounts of dissolved organic carbon mobilised by hydrolytic activities and by 7% of inorganic phosphate mobilised by alkaline phosphatase activity. A sharp reduction in the bacterial biomass, possibly due to zooplankton grazing or viral lysis, was observed for the first time in Terra Nova Bay.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
© Antarctic Science Ltd 2003

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