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Short-term stability of the microbial community structure in a maritime Antarctic lake

Pearce, D.A.; Butler, H.G.. 2002 Short-term stability of the microbial community structure in a maritime Antarctic lake. Polar Biology, 25 (7). 479-487. 10.1007/s00300-002-0370-2

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Abstract/Summary

Spatial and temporal changes in the microbial community structure in a maritime Antarctic freshwater lake were investigated over a single day/night cycle in December 1999. The community structure of key microbial planktonic groups varied with depth and this was related to both physical and chemical stratification. However., in most cases, the community structure observed at specific depths did not change over the time period studied. These results suggested short-term stability in community structure, with only some minor effects of the diel changes in irradiance on the vertical distribution of planktonic organisms. This is in marked contrast to medium- and long-term studies, which show significant changes in microbial community structure with both time and depth.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s00300-002-0370-2
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Other
ISSN: 0722-4060
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 14 Mar 2012 09:53
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13618

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