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Título: Nutrients, light and phytoplankton succession in a temperate estuary (the Guadiana, south-western Iberia)
Autor: Domingues, Rita B.
Barbosa, Ana B.
Galvão, Helena M.
Palavras-chave: Phytoplankton
Nutrient concentrations
Nutrient ratios
Guadiana estuary
Alqueva dam
South-western Iberia
Data: 2005
Editora: Elsevier
Citação: Domingues RB, AB Barbosa and H Galvão, 2005. Nutrients, light and phytoplankton succession in a temperate estuary (the Guadiana, south-western Iberia). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 64: 249-260.
Resumo: Seasonal changes in freshwater flow, leading to alteration of the nutritional environment and hence affecting phytoplankton composition, will probably be enhanced in the Guadiana estuary (SW Iberia) by the recently built Alqueva dam. The main goal of this study is to assess the relationship between dissolved inorganic macronutrient concentrations and ratios, light availability and phytoplankton succession in the upper estuary of the Guadiana River prior to the completion of the dam. From April to October 2001 three locations along the upper estuary were sampled fortnightly. Several physical and chemical parameters were analysed and phytoplankton composition, abundance and biomass were determined through inverted and epifluorescence microscopy. Phytoplankton showed a uni-modal cycle with a biomass maximum during spring. A relationship between phytoplankton succession and nutrient ratios seemed to exist. In early spring, N:P was high, Si was abundant and a diatom bloom occurred. This bloom collapsed and an increase in green algae abundance was observed later in spring, with low Si and high N:P. In the summer, N:P and Si were low, and a cyanobacteria bloom developed. This bloom included the potentially toxic Microcystis. Light was probably limiting throughout the sampling period, particularly to non-motile cells. Enhancement of cyanobacteria blooms can be expected, and as the river water is used by local human populations, continued monitoring of the Guadiana estuary will be necessary to evaluate the effects of the Alqueva dam construction on phytoplankton dynamics.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.1/1895
Versão do Editor: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2005.02.017
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