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Food availability to an Adamussium bed during the austral summer 1993/1994 (Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea)
Albertelli, G.; Cattaneo-Vietti, R.; Chiantore, M.; Pusceddu, A.; Fabiano, M. (1998). Food availability to an Adamussium bed during the austral summer 1993/1994 (Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea), in: Le Fèvre, J. et al. (Ed.) Carbon Fluxes and Dynamic Processes in the Southern Ocean: Present and Past. Selected papers from the International JGOFS Symposium, Brest, France, 28-31 August 1995. Journal of Marine Systems, 17(1-4): pp. 425-434. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0924-7963(98)00053-0
In: Le Fèvre, J.; Tréguer, P. (Ed.) (1998). Carbon Fluxes and Dynamic Processes in the Southern Ocean: Present and Past. Selected papers from the International JGOFS Symposium, Brest, France, 28-31 August 1995. Journal of Marine Systems, 17(1-4). Elsevier: Amsterdam. 1-619 pp., more
In: Journal of Marine Systems. Elsevier: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; Amsterdam. ISSN 0924-7963, more
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  • Albertelli, G.; Cattaneo-Vietti, R.; Chiantore, M.; Pusceddu, A.; Fabiano, M. (1998). Food availability to an Adamussium bed during the austral summer 1993/1994 (Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea). J. Mar. Syst. 17(1-4): 425-434. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/S0924-7963(98)00053-0, more

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Keywords
    Algal blooms; Faecal pellets; Filter feeders; Food availability; Phytoplankton; Summer; Zoobenthos; Adamussium colbecki (E. A. Smith, 1902) [WoRMS]; PSE, Antarctica, Victoria Land, Terra Nova Bay [Marine Regions]; Marine

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  • Albertelli, G.
  • Cattaneo-Vietti, R.
  • Chiantore, M.
  • Pusceddu, A.
  • Fabiano, M.

Abstract
    In the framework of the ROSSMIZE Project (Ross Sea Marginal Ice Zone Ecology) of the Italian Antarctic Research Programme (PNRA), the organic matter flux through the water column and its role on benthic communities have been taken in particular account. During the austral Summer 1993–1994, from December 27, 1993 to February 11, 1994, a study on this flux in shallow waters was carried out, in a station close to Terra Nova Bay Italian base (Ross Sea), at 40 m depth. This site is characterized by the filter-feeding Adamussium colbecki, a scallop which reaches high values of density (60 ind/m2) and biomass (120 g DW/m2). At the beginning of the sampling period, a sediment trap was positioned on the sea-bottom and samples were collected every 3–5 days, as well as temperature, salinity and fluorescence data from sea surface to bottom. Fluorescence profiles put in evidence a phytoplankton bloom occurring during the maximum water column stratification, in the last decade of January. Organic matter flux through the water column showed rather constant values up to the 24th of January. Immediately after, a sudden increase took place (24–29 January), reaching 13.55 g/m2/d for TSM, 0.24 g/m2/d for lipids, 0.53 g/m2/d for proteins, 0.37 g/m2/d for carbohydrates, 0.69 g/m2/d and 0.1 g/m2/d for POC and PON, respectively, 0.5 and 2.8 mg/m2/d for chlorophyll-a and phaeopigments, in correspondence to the fluorescence peak occurring in the same period. A large part of the total flux was represented by oval faecal pellets, as accounted by microscopical observations of sedimented material. Most of the pellets were 200–300 µm long, filled mainly by diatom frustules.

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