Chemotaxonomic phytoplankton patterns on the eastern boundary of the Atlantic Ocean

Barlow, RG, Gibberd, M-J, Lamont, T, Aiken, J and Holligan, PM 2016 Chemotaxonomic phytoplankton patterns on the eastern boundary of the Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 111. 73-78.

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Surface pigment data from a transect along the eastern boundary of the Atlantic Ocean was analysed using CHEMTAX to yield more detailed information on the composition of phytoplankton communities. Total chlorophyll a concentrations varied from 0.03 mg m(-3) in a northern oligotrophic region to 30.3 mg m(-3) in the Benguela ecosystem. Diatoms dominated the Benguela, while both diatoms and haptophytes were the major groups in the Canary ecosystem and the temperate NE Atlantic. Prochlorococcus was the most prominent group in the southern oligotrophic region (15.5 degrees S-15 degrees N) although haptophytes were also a significant component of the population. In contrast, haptophytes dominated the northern oligotrophic region (21 degrees-40 degrees N). Photo-pigment indices indicated that chlorophyll b was mainly associated with prasinophytes and chlorophyll c with diatoms. Elevated photosynthetic carotenoids were due to increased proportions of haptophytes, but also linked with diatoms and dinoflagellates. Photoprotective carotenoids were more prominently associated with Prochlorococcus and to a lesser extent to Synechococcus.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Phytoplankton pigments; CHEMTAX; Atlantic Ocean; Eastern boundary
Subjects: Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Other (PML)
Depositing User: Mrs Julia Crocker
Date made live: 09 Jun 2016 13:20
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 09:57

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