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Vertical distribution of division rates in coastal dinoflagellate Dinophysis spp. populations: implications for modelling

AuthorsVelo-Suárez, Lourdes; Reguera, B.; Garcés, Esther ; Wyatt, T.
Cell cycle
In situ division rate
Mitotic index
Cell maximum
Modelling approach
Issue Date18-Jun-2009
PublisherInter Research
CitationMarine Ecology Progress Series 385: 87-96 (2009)
AbstractThis study explores vertical heterogeneities of in situ division rates (μ) of 3 species of Dinophysis and discusses its implications in modelling the population dynamics of these species. Based on a post-mitotic index approach, estimates of μ from vertical net-haul (integrated) samples (μint) were compared with those from a single depth (oceanographic bottle samples) (μz) at the cell maximum during 2 daily cell cycle studies in the Galician Rías Baixas (NW Spain). Additionally, vertical profiles of μz were obtained during a field survey in Ría de Vigo. A 2-fold difference was observed between estimates of μz from the cell maxima and μint from integrated samples under stratified conditions. Differences were much larger when the minimum estimates of μ values from different depths (μmin) were compared within single vertical profiles. An exponential growth model was applied to simulate the dynamics of a D. acuminata population during a daily cycle in June 1994. Results show that actively dividing cells of a target species may be restricted to narrow layers of the water column. Estimates of μ at different relevant depths during cell cycle studies may be key to determining whether if increased numbers of a target species are due to in situ growth or to the balance of imports and exports
Description10 pages, 7 figures, 2 tables
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps08014
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