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Comparative Study on Microphytobenthic Pigments and Total Microbial Biomass by ATP in Intertidal Sediments
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  • Journal title : Ocean and Polar Research
  • Volume 35, Issue 1,  2013, pp.39-50
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology
  • DOI : 10.4217/OPR.2013.35.1.039
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Comparative Study on Microphytobenthic Pigments and Total Microbial Biomass by ATP in Intertidal Sediments
Ha, Sun-Yong; Choi, Bo-Hyung; Min, Jun-Oh; Jeon, Su-A; Shin, Kyung-Hoon;
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Biomass and community composition of microphytobentos in tidal flats were studied by HPLC analysis and also investigated to examine the relationship between microphytobenthic pigments and Adenosine-5` triphosphate (ATP) as an index of total microbial biomass in intertidal environments (muddy and sandy sediment) of Gyeonggi Bay, west coast of Korea. Microphytobenthic pigments and ATP concentration in muddy sediment were the highest at the surface while the biomass of microphytobenthos in sandy sediment was the highest at the sub-surface (0.75 cm sediment depth). The detected pigments of microphytobenthos were chlorophyll a, b (euglenophytes), , peridinin (dinoflagellates), fucoxanthin (diatom or chrysophytes), diadinoxanthin, alloxanthin (cryptophytes), diatoxanthin, zeaxanthin (cyanobacteria), -carotein, and pheophytin a (the degraded product of chlorophyll a). Among the pigments which were detected, the concentration of fucoxanthin was the highest, indicating that diatoms dominated in the microphytobenthic community of the tidal flats. There was little significant correlation between OC (Organic Carbon) and ATP in both sediments. However, a positive correlation between chlorophyll a concentration and ATP concentration was found in sandy sediment, suggesting that microbial biomass could be affected by labile OC derived from microphytobenthos. These results provide information that may help us understand the relationship between microphytobenthos and microbial biomass in different intertidal sediment environments.
microphytobenthos;pigment;Adenosine-5` triphosphate (ATP);intertidal sediments;
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