Effects of protozoan grazing on colony formation in Phaeocystis globosa (Prymnesiophyceae) and the potential costs and benefits

Hans Henrik Jakobsen, K.W. Tang

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Abstract

Colony formation by Phaeocystis globosa was enhanced in terms of colony size when solitary R globosa cells were grazed by the heterotrophic dinoflagellates Noctiluca scintillans and Gyrodinium dominans. Enhancement of colony size in the grazing treatment was evident after 5 to 8 d, Grazing by N. scintillans increased the mean colony size by up to 50 % relative to the controls, whereas grazing by G. dominans enhanced the mean colony size by up to 3-fold. Microscopic observations confirmed that N. scintillans was also able to ingest small colonies. In contrast, G. dominans apparently did not ingest colonies, and in most cases the abundance of colonies was also increased in the grazing treatment, Up to 92 % of P. globosa cells were in colonial form when G. dominans was present, in contrast to
Original languageEnglish
JournalAquatic Microbial Ecology
Volume27
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)261-273
ISSN0948-3055
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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