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A comparison of HPLC pigment analyses and biovolume estimates of phytoplankton groups in an oligotrophic lake.

AuthorsBuchaca, Teresa ; Felip, Marisol; Catalán, Jordi
Issue Date2005
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationJournal of Plankton Research 27 : 91-101 (2005)
AbstractAssessment of the contribution of distinct algal groups to phytoplankton biomass in oligotrophic lakes by marker pigments is compared with assessment by cell-counting biovolume estimates. Seasonal samples from an oligotrophic alpine lake (Redon, Pyrenees) mostly included species of chrysophytes, dinoflagellates, cryptophytes and chlorophytes. The chlorophyl a (Chl a) corresponding to each algal group was estimated using HPLC pigment analyses and the CHEMTAX program. Chl a estimates and biovolume showed a significant correlation for all the groups during the ice-free season except for chlorophytes. However, some of the samples from the initial phase of the ice cover presented a clear departure from the relationship during the ice-free period in most groups. On the other hand, the ratios between a specific marker pigment and the biovolume of the marked algal group were significantly constant within the photic zone (>1% surface irradiance) for most of the pigments and groups, including chlorophytes. Nevertheless, the ratios increased and showed a large variability for samples below the photic depth or below the ice cover. The violaxanthin-chrysophyte biovolume ratio presented an opposed tendency to other pigment-biovolume ratios, which increased in inverse proportion to the depth of the sample. The results are discussed in terms of methodological limitations, acclimation responses and species composition.
Description11 páginas, 4 tablas, 4 figuras.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbh154
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