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Recolonization of sediment-associated microalgae and effects of estuarine infauna on microalgal production

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dc.creator Davis, Michael W.
dc.creator Lee II, Henry
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-15T00:43:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-15T00:43:55Z
dc.date.issued 1983-03-24
dc.identifier.citation Davis, M. W., & Lee II, H. (1983, March). Recolonization of sediment-associated microalgae and effects of estuarine infauna on microalgal production. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 11, 227-232. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/26095
dc.description The published version of this article is copyrighted by Inter-Research and can be found here: http://www.int-res.com/journals/meps/meps-home/ en_US
dc.description.abstract Experiments were performed to determine the rate of recolonization of sediment-associated microalga and effects of infauna on microalgal biomass and production. Estuarine sediment was defaunated and transplanted to the field and the laboratory. Recolonization of sediment by flora and fauna, relative to control sediment, was measured by chlorophyll a, gross primary production, community O sub(2) uptake and infaunal abundance, sampled at Days 1, 10, and 40. Microalgal colonization in the field was, rapid, with chlorophyll a returning to control levels by Day 10. Infaunal density returned to control levels within 40 d. Removal of infauna in the laboratory, primarily tanaids, increased sediment-associated microalgal growth. After 40 d, chlorophyll a was 4 times greater and gross primary production 2 times greater in the defaunated sediment than in the controls. Grazing of microalgae by infauna appeared to be the mechanism of control. Patterns of community 0₂ uptake were difficult to interpret and showed no simple relationship with infaunal density. These experiments indicate that estuarine infauna is one of the factors controlling sediment- associated microalgal biomass and production. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work was partially supported by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency # R806780 to C. D. McInbre. H. Lee was supported during a portion of this research by a National Research Council Fellowship with the Environmental Protection Agency en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Inter-Research en_US
dc.relation North Coast Explorer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Marine Ecology Progress Series en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 11 (1983) en_US
dc.subject Colonization en_US
dc.subject Biomass en_US
dc.subject Phytobenthos en_US
dc.subject Oregon, Yaquina Bay en_US
dc.title Recolonization of sediment-associated microalgae and effects of estuarine infauna on microalgal production en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.peerreview yes en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3354/meps011227


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