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Bioturbation, germination and deposition of Alexandrium fundyense cysts in the Gulf of Maine
Description: Like many other dinoflagellate species, Alexandrium fundyense possesses a benthic resting cyst which enables long-term persistence and annual blooms of this species in the Gulf of Maine. The size and extent of these harmful algal blooms are associated with high cyst concentrations in the top 1 cm of sediment. Despite the importance of this resting stage in the life history of A. fundyense, little work has been done on bioturbation of cysts in the deep-water cyst beds of the western Gulf of Maine. This work intensively examined one site within a major regional "seedbed" from February 2003 until August 2005, a time span that included an extraordinarily large bloom of A. fundyense in 2005. [Source: Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography]
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Source: Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Publish Date: 5/1/2014
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