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Enrichment experiments and primary production at Sagres (S.W. Portugal)

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (2008)
Loureiro S, Icely J and Newton A
Vol 359; pp. 118-125

Water was collected from the Sagres station (SW Portugal) in September 2002, at a site adjacent to the upwelling centre of Cabo São Vicente, during relaxation of upwelling conditions. Surface and depth samples were enriched with inorganic nutrients in order to evaluate their relative influence on the microalgal assemblage. Small-scale, short-term bioassays involved separate in vitro additions of nitrogen and phosphorus. Enrichments with nitrogen led to a general increase of primary production, suggesting nitrogen as the primary potential nutrient limiting microalgal growth during this period, as well as altering the relative microplanktonic composition in favour of diatoms.

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