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Microscale Variability in Biomass and Photosynthetic Activity of Microphytobenthos During a Spring-Neap Tidal Cycle

Abstract

Carbon fixation by microphytobenthic algae of intertidal flats often dominates the total primary production of turbid, temperate estuaries. Whilst remote sensing can accurately measure the spatial distribution of photosynthetic biofilms at the mesoscale (1–300 m), variability at smaller scales requires in-situ investigation. Here, changes in biomass and photosynthetic activity of microphytobenthos (MPB) at the micro-scale (

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 22, 2020
Journal Frontiers in Marine Science
Electronic ISSN 2296-7745
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
APA6 Citation Kromkamp, J. C., Morris, E., & Forster, R. M. (2020). Microscale Variability in Biomass and Photosynthetic Activity of Microphytobenthos During a Spring-Neap Tidal Cycle. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00562
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00562
Keywords microphytobenthos; microscale variability; surface biofilm; photosynthetic activity; chlorophyll fluorescence; vertical migration; photosynthetic electron transport; estuary
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