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International Journal on Algae
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ISSN Print: 1521-9429
ISSN Online: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v9.i3.50
pages 247-263

Characteristics of Lake Baikal summer phytoplankton and autotrophic picoplankton

O. I. Belykh
Limnological Institute Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, Russia
G. V. Pomazkina
Limnological Institute, Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 3, Ulan-Batorskaya St., 664033 Irkutsk, Russia
I. V. Tikhonova
Limnological Institute, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, 3, Ulan-Batorskaya St., 664033 Irkutsk, Russia
I. V. Tomberg
Limnological Institute, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, 3, Ulan-Batorskaya St., 664033 Irkutsk, Russia

ABSTRACT

This work deals with peculiarities of species diversity, number and biomass of phytoplankton and autotrophic picoplankton (APP) in different areas of Lake Baikal in summer 2005. It was revealed that complexes of phytoplankton dominant species are the same in all three depressions of lake except bays, shoals, and littoral areas where an increase of species composition of phytoplankton and higher values of number and biomass were recorded. The level of development of phytoplankton and picoplankton in the pelagic zone is medium-productive. The APP contribution into the total biomass of the water area varies from 3 to 71%; the chlorophyll α concentration is between 57% and 89%. A decrease of picophytoplankton contribution to the total biomass was observed both in the bays and littoral areas. The APP role in pelagial of the lake is high; it makes up 38−62% of biomass in the 0−50 m layer.


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