Eashwar, M. and Nallathambi, T. and Kuberaraj, K. (2008) Short communication On microalgal settlements and the sluggish development of marine biofouling in Port Blair waters,Andamans. Biofouling, 24 (1). pp. 67-73.

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Settlement of microalgae was investigated on Perspex1, aluminium and zinc coupons immersed in Port Blair Bay waters for over 3 months. Commencement of fouling was exceptionally slow, and few microalgae were found until 14 days. Settlement occurred thereafter, and 47 microalgal species contributed to the fouling. The dominant forms belonged to the genera Navicula and Nitzschia, whereas Coscinodiscus eccentricus, Gyrosigma balticum and Trichodesmium erythraeum also accounted for high proportions of the settlements. The dominance of Nitzschia sigma was particularly marked on zinc coupons, suggesting an ability by the organism to resist toxicity. Settlement of both centric and pennate diatoms was observed in the early and mid periods, and absolute dominance of the pennate diatoms subsequently. The foulingmass was low even after 103 days, and it is speculated that strong ultraviolet radiation might be the prime reason for the sluggish development of marine biofouling in these oceanic island waters.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: marine fouling; microalgae; diatoms; settlement
Subjects: Biocorrosion
Corrosion Science and Engineering
Depositing User: ttbdu cecri
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 05:33
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2012 05:33
URI: http://cecri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/34

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