Experimental ecology of tropical marine phytoplankton

Qasim, S Z (1973) Experimental ecology of tropical marine phytoplankton. MBAI Special Publication dedicated to Dr.N K Panikkar (1). pp. 80-86.


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    Experiments dealing with the influence of three environmental factors namely light, salinity and nutrients on the photosynthesis of laboratory cultures indicate that the light requirement for optimum photosynthesis in tropical phytoplankton is much greater than that of temperate forms. At saturating light intensity, photosynthesis seems independent of wavelength. Maximum photosynthesis in many organisms occurs at low salinity which seems an adaptation to regulate their peak production during the monsoon months when nutrients in the nearshore waters are high and salinity is low. Growth kinetics and nutrient requirements of Blddulphia and Ceratium indicate that Biddulphia has a higher value of half saturation constant (K) than that of Ceratium. The former becomes abundant during the monsoon months when the nutrients in the environment are high, and the latter, with a lower Ks, becomes a better competitor at low concentrations of nutrients found during the pre-monsoon months.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Experimental ecology; tropical marine phytoplankton
    Subjects: Marine Biology > Phytoplanktons
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Mr. Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2010 05:29
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:17
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/2478

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