The community structure of Lake Kinneret (Israel) microorganism populations: Size distribution and succession

T. Bergstein Ben-Dan, D. Wynne, B. Shteinman, Z. Hu, Y. Kamenir

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The abundance and succession of bacterial populations, and their biovolume has been studied in the deepest station of Lake Kinneret, Israel during spring-summer. These parameters were then related to the chemical, biological and physical/hydromechanical conditions in the lake. Medium sized cells (2-3 μm) dominated the bacterial population in the spring, then in mid-summer the smaller cell fraction (1 μm) took over. Relatively low numbers of large cells (10 μm) were counted, but the biovolume of this fraction was significant, especially in mid-summer. Both the abundance and biovolume of medium sized cells were positively correlated with NH4/+ and O2 concentrations, but not with NO3/-, inorganic orthophosphate (P(i)) and Total-P. At water temperatures above 28°C, the biovolume of medium sized cells decreased, probably due to faster grazing of zooplankton. When water circulation in the vertical plane was dominant, large cells disappeared from the water column, due to sinking to the bottom. We conclude that chemical parameters, such as NH4/+ and O2 concentrations, had a long-term effect on bacterial succession and size distribution, whereas hydromechanical mechanisms, such as turbulent mixing in the horizontal or vertical planes, had a short-term effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2000
EventProceedings of the 7th International Conference of the Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Quality Sciences - Jerusalem, Isr
Duration: 13 Jun 199918 Jun 1999


  • Bacteria
  • Environmental parameters
  • Lake Kinneret (Israel)
  • Size distribution


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