Picophytoplankton (Pico) seasonal dynamics and ecology were investigated in three eutrophic coastal lagoons (Calich, Santa Giusta, and Corru S’Ittiri) located in the same geographic region (Sardinia, Mediterranean Sea). Pico dynamics were examined to determine a relationship with variability in environmental conditions characterizing the three sites, and identify which parameters affected observed Pico dynamics. Results showed Pico density reached 108 cells L−1 and biomass values did not exceed 72.8 μg C L−1. Statistical analyses detected significant differences in hydrographic and nutrient conditions among lagoons, which were also characterized by variable Pico seasonal dynamics and composition. Calich and Santa Giusta were dominated all year around by picocyanobacteria. Maximum picocyanobacteria abundance was observed during summer in both lagoons, associated with the highest temperatures recorded. Picocyanobacteria abundance and nutrient concentrations showed a significant negative and positive correlation in Calich and Santa Giusta, respectively. In contrast, picoeukaryotes dominated Pico assemblages in Corru S’Ittiri, where the highest transparency and salinity and the lowest seasonal variation in salinity were recorded. In Corru S’Ittiri, the maximum Pico abundance was observed in autumn, when lower temperature and the highest nutrient concentrations were observed. Our study provides information on Pico assemblage ecology, which remains scarce in coastal and transitional environments, particularly in Mediterranean climate regimes. © 2016, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.

Picophytoplankton Seasonal Dynamics and Interactions with Environmental Variables in Three Mediterranean Coastal Lagoons / Pulina, Silvia; Satta, Cecilia Teodora; Padedda, Bachisio Mario; Bazzoni, Anna Maria; Sechi, Nicola; Lugliè, Antonella Gesuina Laura. - In: ESTUARIES AND COASTS. - ISSN 1559-2723. - 40:2(2017), pp. 469-478. [10.1007/s12237-016-0154-5]

Picophytoplankton Seasonal Dynamics and Interactions with Environmental Variables in Three Mediterranean Coastal Lagoons

Pulina, Silvia;SATTA, Cecilia Teodora;PADEDDA, Bachisio Mario;SECHI, Nicola;LUGLIÈ, Antonella Gesuina Laura
2017-01-01

Abstract

Picophytoplankton (Pico) seasonal dynamics and ecology were investigated in three eutrophic coastal lagoons (Calich, Santa Giusta, and Corru S’Ittiri) located in the same geographic region (Sardinia, Mediterranean Sea). Pico dynamics were examined to determine a relationship with variability in environmental conditions characterizing the three sites, and identify which parameters affected observed Pico dynamics. Results showed Pico density reached 108 cells L−1 and biomass values did not exceed 72.8 μg C L−1. Statistical analyses detected significant differences in hydrographic and nutrient conditions among lagoons, which were also characterized by variable Pico seasonal dynamics and composition. Calich and Santa Giusta were dominated all year around by picocyanobacteria. Maximum picocyanobacteria abundance was observed during summer in both lagoons, associated with the highest temperatures recorded. Picocyanobacteria abundance and nutrient concentrations showed a significant negative and positive correlation in Calich and Santa Giusta, respectively. In contrast, picoeukaryotes dominated Pico assemblages in Corru S’Ittiri, where the highest transparency and salinity and the lowest seasonal variation in salinity were recorded. In Corru S’Ittiri, the maximum Pico abundance was observed in autumn, when lower temperature and the highest nutrient concentrations were observed. Our study provides information on Pico assemblage ecology, which remains scarce in coastal and transitional environments, particularly in Mediterranean climate regimes. © 2016, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.
2017
Picophytoplankton Seasonal Dynamics and Interactions with Environmental Variables in Three Mediterranean Coastal Lagoons / Pulina, Silvia; Satta, Cecilia Teodora; Padedda, Bachisio Mario; Bazzoni, Anna Maria; Sechi, Nicola; Lugliè, Antonella Gesuina Laura. - In: ESTUARIES AND COASTS. - ISSN 1559-2723. - 40:2(2017), pp. 469-478. [10.1007/s12237-016-0154-5]
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