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Change in a bacterial population during the process of degradation of a phytoplankton bloom in a brackish lake

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Change in a bacterial population during the process of degradation of a phytoplankton bloom was investigated at Lake Hamana, Japan in June 1981. The predominant phytoplankton were Prorocentrum micans Ehrenberg and P. triestinum Schiller. While most phytoplankton cells were living and moving actively, most bacteria were those in a free-living state (free-living bacteria) and the number of bacteria associated with particulate materials (attached bacteria) was less than a few percent of the total bacterial number. As the decline process proceeded, the number of free-living bacteria remained almost constant or decreased slightly; on the other hand, the number of attached bacteria increased gradually and reached about 40% of the total bacterial number. These results indicate that some of the free-living bacteria become attached to particulate organic matter and grow on the surface of the particles.

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Communicated by M. Anraku, Hiroshima

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Fukami, K., Simidu, U. & Taga, N. Change in a bacterial population during the process of degradation of a phytoplankton bloom in a brackish lake. Marine Biology 76, 253–255 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00393025

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  • Japan
  • Organic Matter
  • Phytoplankton
  • Bacterial Population
  • Particulate Organic Matter