Seasonal dynamics of the main primary production characteristics of phytoplankton and its microzooplankton grazing in the surface coastal waters of the Black sea

L.V. Stelmakh

Institute of Marine Biological Researches of RAS, Russian Federation, Sevastopol, Nakhimov av., 2.


DOI: 10.33075/2220-5861-2017-1-114-120

UDC 581.526.325(262.5)


   Seasonal variability of phytoplankton biomass, “pure” primary production and its share consumed micro¬zooplankton, as well as the specific microzooplankton grazing rate of phytoplankton for the surface layer (0-1 m) in coastal waters of the Black Sea was studied. Almost 80% of the total annual primary’ produc¬tion of phytoplankton is created by phytoplankton with the average cell volume .from 150 to 4000 mm3. The main share of annual primary production, eaten by microzooplankton (86%) is also associated with these algae sized groups.

Key words: primary production, phytoplankton biomass, specific microzooplankton grazing rate of phytoplankton.

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