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Cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae, together with bacteria and fungi, are known to be primary colonizers of mineral soils throughout Antarctica. Their species diversity and soil coverage were studied in 18 soil polygons located at Cierva Point, Antarctic Peninsula. Undisturbed assemblages were dominated by filamentous Cyanobacteria and diatoms, whilst(More)
Nine lakes and ponds of Hope Bay (Antarctic Peninsula), with different trophic status were surveyed during four summer periods between 1991 and 1996. Some limnological features and the structure of their algal assemblages were strongly influenced by the eutrophication caused by sea-birds activity in their areas. Such differences among lakes were evidenced(More)
Lakes from Maritime Antarctica are regarded as systems generally inhabited by metazoan plankton capable of imposing a top-down control on the phytoplankton during short periods, while lakes from Continental Antarctica lacking these communities would be typically controlled by scarcity of nutrients, following a bottom-up model. Otero Lake is a highly(More)
Contemporary eruptive episodes and present volcanic activity at Deception Island have created a mosaic of different environmental conditions. In this study, the microalgal communities inhabiting 18 sites differing in geology, degree of disturbance and physico-chemical features (texture, water, organic matter and nutrient contents) were characterized in(More)
Microalgal communities from seven water hollows have been studied in six peat bogs located in the southwest of the Tierra del Fuego Province (Argentina). The evolution of these systems towards terrestrial conditions includes a gradual increase in conductivity and decrease in pH along a gradient from the open water to the drier surroundings. For the(More)
Otero Lake is the main water body of Cierva Point, Danco Coast (SSSI No. 15). During the 1992/1993 and 1994/1995 seasons, abiotic parameters and the structure and dynamics of the phytoplankton were studied. Algal assemblages from the phytoplankton, from algal clumps encased in the lake ice and from the benthic algal felt were compared. Low Jaccard(More)
Microalgal communities inhabiting three soil sites with different degrees of influence from penguin colonies within and near the Cierva Point Site of Special Scientific Interest (64°10′S, 61°01′W) were analysed and their species composition and diversity compared with those in nearby mineral soils. Concentrations of NH4-N and PO4-P increased drastically as(More)
Phytoplankton communities dominating Musgos and Papúa ponds with differing trophic states were sampled over 3 days enabling the detection of the physiological and population responses of microalgae to short-scale changes in biotic and abiotic factors, rather than frequently analyzed changes in community composition responses to long-scale environmental(More)
During summer 2005/2006, we characterized three sampling sites on mineral soils and four on ornithogenic soils from Cierva Point, Antarctic Peninsula, in terms of topographic and abiotic features (altitude, slope, magnetic direction, temperature, texture, pH, conductivity, organic matter, moisture and nutrient concentrations), and compared their microalgal(More)
Ombrotrophic peat bogs from Tierra del Fuego are characteristically raised, dome-shaped, fed by precipitation, and nutrient-poor. Their landscape pattern consists of a Sphagnum magellanicum matrix encompassing pools with different morphometric and trophic features. Within the framework of a 2-year limnological survey in five pools from Rancho Hambre peat(More)