Potential production and loss rates of picocyanobacteria in tropical coastal waters

Pei, L.H. and Choon, W.L. (2012) Potential production and loss rates of picocyanobacteria in tropical coastal waters. In: 2nd Conference for Regional Cooperation in Ocean and Earth Science Research in the South China Sea, 21-24 October 2012, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Abstract

In this study, monthly samplings were conducted at Port Klang and Port Dickson over a two-year period to measure potential production rate and loss rates of picocyanobacteria using the Landry Hassett dilution technique. Twelve sets of two-factorial experiment were also carried out to further investigate the effect of light and nutrient on picocyanobacteria production rate. Significantly lower abundance was measured at Port Klang (2.80 ± .172 x 104 cell rnl") compared to Port Dickson (13.2 ± 4.68 x 104 cell ml') (Student's z-test: I = 9.80, df= 40, P < 0.001). Potential production and loss rates observed at Port Klang (3.77 - 70.4 and 1.88 - 75.60 x 102 cell ml' hOi)were also much lower than Port Dickson (2.32 - 15.90 and 1.06 - 18.4 x 103cell ml" hOi)(Student's 1-test: 1= 9.63, df= 37, P < 0.001; 1= 7.49, df= 43, P < 0.001). In the twofactorial experiment, only nutrient (F = 7.00, P < 0.05) showed a significant effect on production rate. However, the interaction between light and nutrient also have a significant effect on production rate (F = 5.80, P > 0.05). These results suggest that in tropical coastal waters, nutrient played a more important role in affecting the picocyanobacteria production rate compared to light.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Picocyanobacteria; Nutrient; Port Dickson; Light
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Faculty of Science
Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Safri
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 06:32
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 06:32
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/15061

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