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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 363, Issue 1–3, pp 333–339 | Cite as

Zooplankton-phytoplankton interactions: a possible explanation of the seasonal succession in the Kuršių Marios lagoon

  • Zita Rasuolė Gasiūnaitė
  • Irina Olenina
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Abstract

The zooplankton-phytoplankton interactions inthe Kuršių Marios lagoon (southeastern Baltic Sea)were investigated in 1995. The objective was toevaluate the role of herbivores (crustaceanzooplankton) in the seasonal succession ofphytoplankton, as well as the influence of foodconditions on structure and dynamics of zooplanktoncommunity. Our results demonstrated that thecrustacean grazing pressure may restrict thedevelopment of small Chlorophyta and Diatomophyceaeand, in turn, favouring growth of Cyanobacteria.Blooms of filamentous Cyanobacteria possibly has aninhibitory effect for Daphnia, decreasing theirbiomass as well possibly explaining the shift ofdominant zooplankton species. The influence ofplanktivory on seasonal plankton succession remainsunclear because of lack of fish data.

zooplankton phytoplankton trophicinteractions seasonal succession Cyanobacteriablooms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zita Rasuolė Gasiūnaitė
    • 1
  • Irina Olenina
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for System AnalysisKlaipėda UniversityKlaipėdaLithuania
  2. 2.Centre for Marine ResearchKlaipėdaLithuania

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