A taxonomic review of the genus Phaeocystis.- Methods used to reveal genetic diversity in the colony-forming prymnesiophytes Phaeocystis antarctica, P. globosa and P. pouchetii-preliminary results.- The life cycle of Phaeocystis: state of knowledge and presumptive role in ecology.- Phaeocystis colony distribution in the North Atlantic Ocean since 1948, and interpretation of long-term changes in the Phaeocystis hotspot in the North Sea.- Photosynthetic responses in Phaeocystis antarctica towards varying light and iron conditions.- Effects of iron concentration on pigment composition in Phaeocystis antarctica grown at low irradiance.- Evidence for high iron requirements of colonial Phaeocystis antarctica at low irradiance.- The carbohydrates of Phaeocystis and their degradation in the microbial food web.- The role of iron in the bacterial degradation of organic matter derived from Phaeocystis antarctica.- The colonization of two Phaeocystis species (Prymnesiophyceae) by pennate diatoms and other protists: a significant contribution to colony biomass.- Zooplankton grazing on Phaeocystis: a quantitative review and future challenges.- The influence of Phaeocystis globosa on microscale spatial patterns of chlorophyll a and bulk-phase seawater viscosity.- Haemolytic activity of live Phaeocystis pouchetii during mesocosm blooms.- Phaeocystis and its interaction with viruses.- Does Phaeocystis spp. contribute significantly to vertical export of organic carbon?.- Vernal sedimentation trends in north Norwegian fjords: temporary anomaly in 234Th particulate fluxes related to Phaeocystis pouchetii proliferation.- Environmental constraints on the production and removal of the climatically active gas dimethylsulphide (DMS) and implications for ecosystem modelling.- Variability in abundance and fluxes of dimethyl sulphide in the Indian Ocean.- Gaining integrated understanding of Phaeocystis spp. (Prymnesiophyceae) through model-driven laboratory and mesocosm studies.- Current understanding of Phaeocystis ecology and biogeochemistry, and perspectives for future research.
This volume offers a selection of papers presented at the final meeting of Working Group # 120 "Phaeocystis, major link in the biogeochemical cycling of climate-relevant elements", of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). It features papers by various top authors in the field, covering topics that reach from the organism level to ecosystem dynamics. It also includes a synthesis of all the presentations of the meeting.
High quality papers by leading authors
Complete coverage of topics (including review papers and new science)
Topics of broad geoscience relevance