Emiliania huxleyi Spring Bloom in the Black Sea: A Tentative Investigation  

L.V. Stelmakh , E.Yu. Georgieva
The A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2, Nakhimov av., Sevastopol 99011, Crimea, Ukraine
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2014, Vol. 4, No. 17   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2014.04.0017
Received: 20 Dec., 2013    Accepted: 20 Jan., 2014    Published: 24 Feb., 2014
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Stelmakh and Georgieva, 2014, Emiliania huxleyi Spring Bloom in the Black Sea: A Tentative Investigation, International Journal of Marine Science, Vol.4, No.17: 160-165 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2014.04.0017)


This investigation was carried out in the surface water layer of some coastal and open-sea zones of the Black Sea in May 2013 when a spring bloom of Emiliania huxleyi was developing. The numbers of E. huxleyi in the blooming sea surface varied from 1.3 to 4.3·106 cell/l amounting on the average to 94 % of the total phytoplankton abundance. The bloom emerged as a response to favourable light, temperature and nutrient conditions which have accelerated the phytoplankton growth to 0.80 – 1.44 d-1 while the predatory pressure of microzooplankton on this coccolithophore remained low. High net growth rate of the phytoplankton (0.40 –1.00 d-1) and low ratios of the specific microzooplankton grazing rate to the specific phytoplankton growth rate (34% on the average) in the seawater area can be interpreted as the evidence of beginning bloom. 

Black Sea; Phytoplankton growth rate; Microzooplankton grazing; Chlorophyll-a
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