There is an increasing awareness of the relationships among key phytoplankton groups and their role in biogeochemical cycles; however, less is known about the temporal scales of variability in biodiversity of the phytoplankton community. In the present study a long-term data set (1986-2010) of phytoplankton abundance is used to investigate the temporal variability of the phytoplankton community at a coastal site in the Gulf of Trieste (northern Adriatic Sea). The interannual variability of the phytoplankton community shows two major periods in terms of abundance and community composition. The first one, 1986-1994, was characterized by the highest abundances of microalgae and the dominance of phytoflagellates. The second period (1995-2007) showed lower abundances and a collapse of phytoflagellates. Lastly, an apparent new increase in abundances has been recorded during recent years (2008-2010). On a seasonal scale, a classical cycle with two maxima (spring and autumn) and a summer minimum is evident. Diatoms are the most abundant group of the late winter early spring bloom whereas phytoflagellates, the most abundant group throughout the year, dominate the late spring blooms. Dinoflagellates and coccolithophores have low abundances and show their maxima in summer and autumn, respectively. The species composition has been analysed according to the Indicator Value Index, highlighting the more frequent and abundant taxa for each month. Results show that the winter months are characterized by coccolithophores, in spring small diatoms are dominant, dinoflagellates and larger diatoms are typical in summer, and coccolithophores and diatom colonies characterise the autumn. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Phytoplankton temporal changes in a coastal northern Adriatic site during the last 25 years

Cabrini M;Fornasaro D;Cossarini G;Lipizer M;
2012

Abstract

There is an increasing awareness of the relationships among key phytoplankton groups and their role in biogeochemical cycles; however, less is known about the temporal scales of variability in biodiversity of the phytoplankton community. In the present study a long-term data set (1986-2010) of phytoplankton abundance is used to investigate the temporal variability of the phytoplankton community at a coastal site in the Gulf of Trieste (northern Adriatic Sea). The interannual variability of the phytoplankton community shows two major periods in terms of abundance and community composition. The first one, 1986-1994, was characterized by the highest abundances of microalgae and the dominance of phytoflagellates. The second period (1995-2007) showed lower abundances and a collapse of phytoflagellates. Lastly, an apparent new increase in abundances has been recorded during recent years (2008-2010). On a seasonal scale, a classical cycle with two maxima (spring and autumn) and a summer minimum is evident. Diatoms are the most abundant group of the late winter early spring bloom whereas phytoflagellates, the most abundant group throughout the year, dominate the late spring blooms. Dinoflagellates and coccolithophores have low abundances and show their maxima in summer and autumn, respectively. The species composition has been analysed according to the Indicator Value Index, highlighting the more frequent and abundant taxa for each month. Results show that the winter months are characterized by coccolithophores, in spring small diatoms are dominant, dinoflagellates and larger diatoms are typical in summer, and coccolithophores and diatom colonies characterise the autumn. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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