Polar Biology

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 19–25 | Cite as

Inter-annual variability in marine coastal Antarctic bacterioplankton

  • D. Delille
  • L. Mallard
  • C. Rosiers
Original Paper


The dynamics of Antarctic coastal marine bacterioplankton has been studied over a 2-year period. Two field stations were sampled between one and three times a week in 1989 and 1991 in the “Terre Adélie” area. The survey included physicochemical (temperature and particulate organic matter) and bacteriological (total and heterotrophic counts, cell volume and frequency of dividing cells estimation) measurements. The results suggest that a strong interannual variability affects the total bacterial abundance, the mean cell volume, the percentage of free living cells and, to a lesser extent. the culturable saprophytic bacterial communities. The observed variability could be partly explained by a large deficit of solar irradiance during the 2nd year of study that may have affected sea ice and seawater primary production.


Organic Matter Bacterial Community Field Station Cell Volume Interannual Variability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Delille
    • 1
  • L. Mallard
    • 1
  • C. Rosiers
    • 2
  1. 1.Observatoire Océanologique de BanyulsUniversité P. et M. Curie U.A. 117, Laboratoire AragoBanyuls sur merFrance
  2. 2.Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Laboratoire d'écologie microbienneVillevrbanneFrance

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