Long-term survival of marine planktonic diatoms and dinoflagellates in stored sediment samples

Lewis, Jane, Harris, A., Jones, K. and Edmonds, R. (1999) Long-term survival of marine planktonic diatoms and dinoflagellates in stored sediment samples. Journal of Plankton Research, 21 (2). pp. 343-354. ISSN 0142-7873

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/21.2.343


Sediment samples from Scottish coastal sites, taken over the last 9 years, were stored in closed containers at 5C. Slurry cultures were used to determine the survival of phytoplankton in these sediments. A range of diatom and dinoflagellate species survived for at least 27 months in these stored samples. A number of species grew for which no resting stage has yet been described: Thalassiosira angulata, T.pacifica, T.punctigera, T.eccentrica, T.minima and T.anguste-lineata. Notable results were survival times of 73 months for Skeletonema costatum, 96 months for Chaetoceros socialis, C.didymus and C.diadema, 109 months for Scrippsiella sp. and 112 months for Lingulodinium polyedrum. A single sample was stored and repeatedly cultured for diatoms over a period of 16 months. The number of species cultured from the sediment declined over this time. Lingulodinium polyedrum cysts isolated from sediments collected at least 18 months previously gave a hatching success of 97%, and cysts isolated from a 9-year-old sample gave a hatching success of 3%. The study indicated the potential importance of coastal sediments as a source of phytoplankton to their overlying waters. The validity of using marine planktonic diatoms and dinoflagellates for modelling geological events is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2009 11:10
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2009 16:55
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/6114

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