Distribution of picophytoplankton and nanophytoplankton along an anthropogenic eutrophication gradient in French Mediterranean coastal lagoons

Type Article
Date 2011-02
Language English
Author(s) Bec Beatrice1, Collos Yves1, Souchu Philippe2, Vaquer Andre1, Lautier Jacques1, Fiandrino Annie2, Benau Laurent2, Orsoni Valerie3, Laugier ThierryORCID2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Montpellier 2, Lab Ecosyst Lagunaires, CNRS, IFREMER,UMR 5119,IRD, F-34095 Montpellier 5, France.
2 : Ifremer LER LR, F-34203 Sete, France.
3 : IFREMER, LER Corse, F-20600 Bastia, France.
Source Aquatic Microbial Ecology (0948-3055) (Inter-research), 2011-02 , Vol. 63 , N. 1 , P. 29-45
DOI 10.3354/ame01480
WOS© Times Cited 59
Keyword(s) Autotrophic picoeukaryotes, Picocyanobacteria, Nanophytoplankton, Abundance, Biomass, Eutrophication, Mediterranean lagoons
Abstract We explored the role of natural and anthropogenic environmental perturbations in shaping the community structure and dynamics of pico- and nanophytoplankton in coastal waters. The distribution patterns of phycoerythrin-rich picocyanobacteria (PE-CYAN) and phycocyanin-rich picocyanobacteria (PC-CYAN), autotrophic picoeukaryotes (PEUK) and nanophytoplankton (NANO) were examined over a period of 3 yr in 24 Mediterranean coastal lagoons displaying wide trophic gradients (from 0.2 to 630 mu g chlorophyll a [chl a] l(-1)) and salinity gradients (from fresh to marine waters). In summer, picoplanktonic abundances reached 3 x 10(8) cells l(-1), 5 x 10(9) cells l(-1) and 6 x 10(10) cells l(-1) for PE-CYAN, PC-CYAN and PEUK, respectively. PE-CYAN and PC-CYAN showed opposing responses to environmental gradients, resulting in a restricted dominance of PE-CYAN in oligotrophic marine lagoons and a dominance of PC-CYAN in some eutrophic brackish lagoons. Most lagoons exhibited steady-state nutrient conditions, giving competitive advantages to small eukaryotic algae, even in eutrophic and hypertrophic waters. Among the picophytoplankton, picoeukaryotes (ca. 2 to 3 mu m) are the most competitive with increasing nutrient availability; in terms of abundance and biomass, their relative and absolute importance tended to increase with increasing total chl a biomass. Freshwater discharges resulted in large pulses of nutrient and more turbulent systems that altered the structure of the phytoplankton community and stimulated fast-growing NANO composed of phytoflagellates and diatoms (ca. 3 to 6 mu m, up to 1.6 x 10(9) cells l(-1)). Members of the microphytoplankton (ca. 20 to 200 mu m) were rarely observed in eutrophic and hypertrophic lagoons and were composed of harmful dinoflagellates in oligotrophic lagoons. These results show that anthropogenic and meteorological changes are highly influential on the composition and size structure of phytoplankton communities.
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Bec Beatrice, Collos Yves, Souchu Philippe, Vaquer Andre, Lautier Jacques, Fiandrino Annie, Benau Laurent, Orsoni Valerie, Laugier Thierry (2011). Distribution of picophytoplankton and nanophytoplankton along an anthropogenic eutrophication gradient in French Mediterranean coastal lagoons. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 63(1), 29-45. Publisher's official version : https://doi.org/10.3354/ame01480 , Open Access version : https://archimer.ifremer.fr/doc/00031/14267/