Alexandre Bec

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We investigated whether trophic repackaging of autotrophic picoplankton by phagotrophic protists is associated with an improvement in food quality for the metazooplankton Daphnia magna (i.e., whether trophic upgrading occurs in this system). The nutritional value of the autotrophic species Microcystis aeruginosa PCC7806, Synechococcus sp. strain BO8809,(More)
Experimental results provide evidence that trophic interactions between ciliates and Daphnia are constrained by the comparatively low food quality of ciliates. The dietary sterol content is a crucial factor in determining food quality for Daphnia. Ciliates, however, presumably do not synthesize sterols de novo. We hypothesized that ciliates are(More)
The maintenance of species diversity in a given environment is strongly linked to resource partitioning. Littoral macrophyte zones are heterogeneous environments with high microcrustacean diversity, where zooplankton have dietary access to seston as well as organisms growing on macrophytic surfaces (epiphyton). We conducted a field study in a(More)
In littoral environments, different food resources are available for zooplankters. In addition to seston, species may feed on biofilms growing on sediments, plants (epiphyton), and at the air–water interface (neuston). However, despite a growing interest in these different biofilms, little is known about their food quality for microcrustaceans. In a field(More)
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