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Phytoplankton-bacteria relationship in the Antarctic marine ecosystem
Billen, G.; Becquevort, S. (1991). Phytoplankton-bacteria relationship in the Antarctic marine ecosystem. Pol. Res. 10(1): 245-253
In: Polar Research. Norsk Polarinstitutt = Norwegian Polar Institute: Oslo. ISSN 0800-0395, more
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Keywords
    Bacteria; Ecosystems; Interspecific interactions; Phytoplankton; PS, Antarctic Ocean [Marine Regions]; Marine

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Abstract
    Time series data of phytoplanktonic and bacterial biomass during the ice retreat period at different latitudes in the Weddell Sea and Prydz Bay areas show a distinct delay in the development of bacteria with respect to phytoplankton. The uncoupling between phytoplanktonic and bacterial development at the earliest stage of the spring ice-edge related algal bloom is not the result of the low temperatures occurring in the Southern Ocean but rather is due to the macromolecular nature of the dissolved organic matter released from phytoplankton.

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