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Structure of planktonic microbial food web in a brackish stratified Siberian lake
Kopylov, A.I.; Kosolapov, D.B.; Romanenko, A.V.; Degermendzhy, A.G. (2002). Structure of planktonic microbial food web in a brackish stratified Siberian lake. Aquat. Ecol. 36(2): 179-204
In: Aquatic Ecology. Springer: Dordrecht; London; Boston. ISSN 1386-2588, more
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    Autotrophy; Food webs; Heterotrophic organisms; Lakes; Picoplankton; Protozoan diseases; Stratification; PNE, Russia, Siberia

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  • Kopylov, A.I.
  • Kosolapov, D.B.
  • Romanenko, A.V.
  • Degermendzhy, A.G.

    The distribution of primary components of the microbial community (autotrophic pico- and nanoplankton, phototrophic bacteria, heterotrophic bacteria, microscopic fungi, heterotrophic flagellates, ciliates and heliozoa) in the water column of Lake Shira, a steppe brackish-water, stratified lake in Khakasia, Siberia (Russia), were assessed in midsummer. Bacterioplankton was the main component of the planktonic microbial community, accounting for 65.3 to 75.7% of the total microbial biomass. The maximum concentration of heterotrophic bacteria were recorded in the monimolimnion of the lake. Autotrophic microorganisms contributed more significantly to the total microbial biomass in the pelagic zone (20.2-26.5%) than in the littoral zone of the lake (8.7-14.9%). First of all, it is caused by development of phototrophic sulphur bacteria at the oxic-anoxic boundary. The concentrations of most aerobic phototrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms were maximal in the upper mixolimnion. Heterotrophic flagellates dominated the protozoan populations. Ciliates were minor component of the planktonic microbial community of the lake. Heterotrophic flagellates were the most diverse group of planktonic eucaryotes in the lake, which represented by 36 species. Facultative and obligate anaerobic flagellates were revealed in the monimolimnion. There were four species of Heliozoa and only three of ciliates in the lake.

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