B vitamins supplementation induced shifts in phytoplankton dynamics and copepod populations in a subtropical coastal area

Lin Wang, Hancheng Zhao, Edmond Sanganyado, Bo Liang, Xiaohan Chen, Qun Ma, Jianqing Lin, Wenhua Liu*

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Introduction: B vitamins play a crucial role in shaping phytoplankton and zooplankton communities in marine ecosystems, yet their impact on community dynamics remains poorly understood. Methods: We carried out in situ incubation experiments of B vitamins supplementation to explore the response pattern of phytoplankton and zooplankton community compositions. Results: The results showed that vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 promoted the growth of phytoplankton, and the total Chl α in 87.5% of the supplemented B vitamin treatments showed a significant positive response (p < 0.05). Supplementation with these B vitamins significantly altered the community composition of phytoplankton, and 75% of the B vitamin-supplemented treatments showed an increase in the relative abundance of Minutocellus, Thalassiosirales, Odontella, Prymnesiales and Ditylum, considered mainly to be the result of B vitamin auxotrophy. In contrast, a significant decrease in Copepoda, including Calanoida and Cyclopoida, was observed in 87.5% of treatments. The observed shifts in community composition were attributed to the auxotrophy of certain diatoms and Prymnesiales for B vitamins. These shifts subsequently led to negative correlations (Spearman Rho < -0.8) between the abundance of these phytoplankton species and Copepoda populations. Discussion: These findings advance our understanding of the complex interactions between micronutrient availability and plankton community dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1206332
Number of pages12
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2023

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