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GENG Huixia, YU Rencheng, ZHANG Qingchun, YAN Tian, KONG Fanzhou, ZHOU Mingjiang. Tracing the settlement region of massive floating green algae in the Yellow Sea[J]. HaiyangYuHuZhao, 2019, 37(5): 1555-1565

Tracing the settlement region of massive floating green algae in the Yellow Sea

GENG Huixia1,2,4, YU Rencheng1,2,3,4, ZHANG Qingchun1,2,4, YAN Tian1,2,4, KONG Fanzhou1,2,4, ZHOU Mingjiang1
1 Key Laboratory of Marine Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China;
2 Laboratory for Marine Ecology and Environmental Science, Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology(Qingdao), Qingdao 266237, China;
3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
4 Center for Ocean Mega-Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266071, China
Outbreaks of large-scale green tides formed by Ulva prolifera in the Yellow Sea (YS) cause heavy ecological damages and huge economic losses. However, the ecological consequences of green tides remain poorly understood due to the lack of knowledge on the settlement region of massive green algae floating in the YS. In this study, we established a method to trace the settlement region of floating green algae, using 28-isofucosterol preserved in sediment as the specific biomarker for green algae. Sterols including 28-isofucosterol in surface sediment samples collected during an investigation in the YS and the Bohai Sea (BS) in August 2015 were analyzed using gas chromatography coupled with a mass spectrometer (GC-MS). Based on the content of 28-isofucosterol in sediment samples, the potential settlement region of floating green algae was identified in the sea area southeast to the Shandong Peninsula around the sampling site H06 (122.66°E, 36.00°N). This paper presents a first result on the settlement region of floating green algae in the YS for providing a solid basis to elucidate the ecological consequences of green tides in the area.
Key words:    green tide|biomarker|sterol|Ulva prolifera   
Received: 2018-12-06   Revised: 2019-01-06
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