FERNANDEZ SEVERINI Melisa Daiana
Influence of the winter phytoplankton bloom on the settled material in a temperate shallow estuary
GUINDER VALERIA ANA; LOPEZ ABBATE MARÍA CELESTE; BERASATEGUI ANABELA ANAHÍ; NEGRÍN VANESA; ZAPPERI GEORGINA; PRATOLONGO PAULA DANIELA; FERNÁNDEZ SEVERINI MELISA DAIANA; POPOVICH CECILIA ANGELINES
POLISH ACAD SCIENCES INST OCEANOLOGY
Año: 2015 vol. 57 p. 50 - 50
The development of the phytoplankton winter bloom and the accumulation of particulate suspended matter (PSM) inside sediment collectors were assessed in the inner zoneof the Bahía Blanca Estuary. The phytoplankton bloom (chlorophyll up to 25 mg l1 and abundance up to 8 106 cells l1) was related with high levels of dissolved inorganic nutrients and underwater light availability (Im up to 355 mE m2 s1) and was dominated by relatively small diatoms, e.g. Chaetoceros sp.1 (3?8 mm). Conversely, large planktonic diatoms, mostly Thalassiosira spp. 20?60 mm, were found in the accumulated material inside the collectors, together with benthic microalgae and high concentrations of chlorophyll, phaeopigments, particulate organic matter(POM between 18 and 32% of total PSM) and C:N ratios >12. The composition of the settled material indicated vertical exportation of phytoplankton to the benthos, external loads of detritus and bottom esuspension. The present study highlights the close benthic-pelagic interactions in shallow coastal environments characterized by high productivity.