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Blue-green algae of a developing salt marsh

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (Impact Factor: 1.02). 06/1963; 43(02):309 - 317. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315400000333

ABSTRACT In the past few years considerable attention has been paid to the distribution of the microflora of the salt marshes at Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire (National Grid reference TF 555576). During these studies it was observed (Turner, personal communication) that blue-green algae (Myxophyceae) were of frequent occurrence in soil samples from the region, but no analyses of the algal flora were carried out. It is well established, however, that blue-green algae are generally present in salt marsh regions (Chapman, 1960 a). Previous studies on the blue-green algae of British salt marshes are few, although detailed investigations have been carried out at Canvey and Ynyslas (Carter, 1932, 1933 a, b) and Scolt Head Island (Chapman, 1939). Some difficulty is experienced, however, in attempting to correlate these results with present day studies, mainly because of the widespread colonization of salt marsh regions within recent years by Spartina townsendii H. & J. Groves, and by the fact that few quantitative data are available. It is hoped that the present communication which is concerned with the blue-green algal flora of the New Marsh at Gibraltar Point, a region dominated by Spartina townsendii, will allow an assessment to be made of the flora prevailing in a developing salt marsh under present-day conditions.

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