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The importance of protozoan bacterivory in a subtropical environment (Lobo-Broa Reservoir, SP, Brazil)/A importancia da bacterivoria por protozoarios em um ambiente subtropical (Reservatorio do Lobo-Broa, SP, Brasil).

1. Introduction

Bacterial community play an important role in the organic matter decomposition, nutrient cycling and as food for organisms of higher trophic levels, thus representing fundamental components in planktonic food webs. The bacterial densities in aquatic systems are controlled by various factors such as nutrient availability (e.g. Pinhassi et al., 2006), predation (e.g. Weinbauer et al., 2007), viral lysis (e.g. Motegi et al., 2009) and temperature (e.g. Apple et al., 2008). However, among these factors, the nutrient availability and predation, known respectively as bottom-up and top-down, are the main bacterial controllers in the systems (Wright, 1988).

The main bacterial consumers in aquatic ecosystems are protozoans, especially the small heterotrophic nanoflagellates (e.g. Ichinotsuka et al., 2006) and ciliates (e.g. Zingel et al., 2007), which act as a link to higher predators. Other planktonic organisms, especially rotifers and cladocerans, also influence the bacterial densities through direct consumption or indirectly feeding ciliates and flagellates (e.g. Zollner et al., 2009). Several studies have recognised that protozoan grazing is an important controlling and modifier factor of bacterial populations and communities, capable of causing direct impacts on their production and biomass, as well as changes on their structure, morphology, physiology, taxonomy (e.g. Corno et al., 2008) and diversity (Bell et al., 2010).

This study aimed to analyse the bacterivory in the Lobo-Broa Reservoir, a mesotrophic subtropical environment, by quantifying the in situ bacterial ingestion rates by protozoan ciliates and heterotrophic nanoflagellates, in order to evaluate the importance of these populations to the bacterioplanktonic control.

2. Material and Methods

2.1. Study area and sampling

The Lobo Reservoir (Broa) is located at 770 m altitude in the central-western region of the Sao Paulo state, Brazil --latitude 22[degrees]15'S and longitude 47[degrees]49'W (see Figure 1). The reservoir has a maximum length of 8 km, volume of 22 x [10.sup.6] [m.sup.3] and average depth of 3 m (Tundisi et al., 2004). The climate of the area is subtropical mesothermic--Cwa, according to Koppen, with a dry winter (from April to September) and wet summer (from October to March). In general, the reservoir is considered mesotrophic, but it can be divided into two longitudinal compartments: a meso-eutrophic, in the upper part, with high concentrations of macrophytes and rich in dissolved nutrients from the inflow of the Itaqueri River; and an oligo-mesotrophic, in the lower part (near the dam), which is deeper (Motheo, 2005). Due to the spatial heterogeneity, two sampling points (see Figure 1) were selected in this work: the point 1 (P1) is located near the dam and the point 2 (P2) is positioned near the mouth of the Itaqueri River. The samplings and the in situ grazing experiments were conducted bimonthly, at the water sub-surface (0.5m), during a year, which included three surveys in the dry season (May, July and September 2010) and three in the rainy season (November 2010, January and March 2011). Collected water samples were used for environmental and microbial community analyses.

2.2. Environmental and microbial community analyses

The pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature and water conductivity were measured in the field using a multisensor Horiba (U-10). With the water sampled, the concentration of suspended material was determined according to Teixeira et al. (1965) and the concentration of chlorophyll a was measured according to Nusch (1980). Moreover, the concentration of total phosphorus and total nitrogen were quantified according to Valderrama (1981). The meteorological data such as precipitation were obtained from the Climatological Station of the Center for Water Resources and Applied Ecology (CRHEA-USP, Sao Carlos, Brazil).

To estimate the bacteria and nanoflagellates (2-20pm) density, water samples (100 mL) were fixed in the field with a neutral formalin solution (final concentration 2%). In the laboratory, aliquots of these samples were stained with the fluorochrome 4',6'-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI), according to Porter and Feig (1980) and filtered through 0.2 [micro]m pore size black polycarbonate membranes (Nuclepore[R]) for bacteria and 0.8pm for nanoflagellates. For counting and measurement of bacteria and total nanoflagellates (TNF) it was used an epifluorescence microscope Olympus BHS-313, equipped with HBO 200 mercury lamp and filter set for UV light. For the autotrophic nanoflagellates (ANF), a filter set for blue light was used. The number of heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF) was estimated by the difference between the number of TNF and ANF. Based on the length/width ratio, bacterial cells were classified into the following morphotypes: coccus (ratio 1 to 1.25); coccobacillus (1.26 to 1.75), bacillus (1.76 to 5) and filament (>5). Other morphotypes, like vibrio, were also quantified. The HNF were classified according to their length, into three classes: Class I (<5.0 [micro]m); Class II (5 to 10 [micro]m) and Class III (>10 [micro]m).

To estimate ciliates density, water samples (200 mL) were fixed in the field with mercuric chloride and stained with bromophenol blue at 0.04% (Pace and Orcutt Junior, 1981). At the laboratory, the flasks with the samples were left undisturbed for the organisms sedimentation. The supernatant liquid was discarded and the remaining concentrated material was counted in Sedgwick-Rafter chambers in an optical microscope. Protozoan taxonomic features were also analysed in counts from fixed samples. For protozoan identification, unfixed protozoan samples, concentrated in the field with a plankton net (10 [micro]m), were analysed within a maximum period of 6 hours after the sampling, using an optical microscope. The ciliates identification was based mainly on Dragesco and Dragesco-Kerneis (1986), Foissner and Berger (1996), Foissner et al. (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1999), Patterson (1996) and the ciliates identified were separated in groups according to the classification proposed by Lynn (2008). Considering the ecological importance of the protozoans food preferences for bacterivory experiments, the ciliates feeding habits were classified according to Foissner and Berger (1996).

2.3. Bacterivory experiments

The in situ grazing experiments were conducted with fluorescently labelled bacteria (FLB) of the Escherichia coli species stained with 5-(4, 6 dichlorotriazin-2-yl) aminofluorescein (DTAF) as described by Sherr et al. (1987). Two bottles containing 900 mL of water from the reservoir were used: one for flagellate and the other for ciliate bacterivory experiment. In these bottles, FLB was added at the proportion of 30% of the bacterioplanktonic density (no less than 1 x [10.sup.6] [mL.sup.-1]) for flagellates and 5% of bacterioplanktonic density (no less than 1 x [10.sup.5] [mL.sup.-1]) for ciliates. After adding FLB, the bottles were incubated at in situ temperature. Subsamples (100 mL) were taken at 0, 5, 10, 20 and 30 minutes of incubation and fixed with lugol alkaline solution 0.5%, followed by buffered formalin with borax and cleared with sodium thiosulfate solution to 3% (Sherr and Sherr, 1993). In the laboratory, 20 mL of each subsample was stained with 4',6'-diamidino2-phenylindole(DAPI), filtered on black polycarbonate membranes of 0.8 [micro]m of pore diameter and analysed in an epifluorescence microscope Olympus BHS-313 with filters for UV light to locate the protozoans, and filters for blue light, to count FLB in its interior (increase of 1250x).

The FLB uptake rate was calculated by regression of the linear portion of the curve of the average number of FLB per protozoan cell versus time. The specific ingestion rate (cells [ind.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]) was determined by multiplying the FLB uptake rate by the ratio of native bacterial density to FLB. To obtain the population ingestion rate (cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]), the specific ingestion rate was multiplied by the protozoan density analysed (cells [mL.sup.-1]) (Sherr and Sherr, 1993). The total bacterivory rate by protozoans was determined as the sum of population ingestion rates of heterotrophic nanoflagellates and ciliates.

2.4. Statistical analyses

The Student's t-test was used to verify possible differences between the two sampling points and the Pearson correlation test was used to determine potential relationships among different variables. The Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was used as a method of ordination of the correlations among the environmental variables analysed, with the aim of indicating the relative significance of the predictive variables. All the statistical analyses were performed using the XLSTAT Pro 2008 software.

3. Results

3.1. Environmental and microbial community analyses

Environmental variables data analysed in the two points, during the studied period, are shown in Table 1. From the principal component analysis (PCA) (see Figure 2), it was observed that the months of July, September and November 2010 were associated with dissolved oxygen, pH, chlorophyll a, total nitrogen and total phosphorus because, in these months, these variables had their highest values. The months of January and March 2011 were associated with high values of total precipitation, temperature and concentration of total suspended material (TSM). The highest conductivity and the lowest total precipitation and TSM were obtained in May 2010.

The bacterial density ranged from 6.2 x [10.sup.6] to 9.4 x [10.sup.6] cells [mL.sup.-1] (see Figure 3a), with a mean value of 8.5 x [10.sup.6] cells [mL.sup.-1]. In all months, the bacterial density was higher in P2 (except in July). The mean bacterial biovolumes were 0.19 [micro][m.sup.3] for coccobacilli, 0.15 [micro][m.sup.3] for cocci, 0.43 [micro][m.sup.3] for bacilli, 1.05 [micro][m.sup.3] for filaments and 0.39 [micro][m.sup.3] for vibrios, and these morphotypes represented, respectively, 41%, 35%, 21%, 2% and 1% of total bacterioplankton. The coccobacilli dominated in all months, except for May in which the coccoid form prevailed. The mean density and biovolume of filaments were higher in November (3.0 x [10.sup.5] cells [mL.sup.-1] and 1.3 [micro][m.sup.3], respectively) and the mean density of filaments was lower in July (1.1 x [10.sup.5] cells [mL.sup.-1]).

The average density of heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF) was 1.3 x 103 cells [mL.sup.-1], and the maximum (2.7 x [10.sup.3] cells [mL.sup.-1]) occurred in P2 in November and the minimum in P1 in May (0.8 x [10.sup.3] cells [mL.sup.-1]) (see Figure 3b). In all months, the HNF density was higher in P2 than in P1 (except in July). The HNF less than 5 gm (class I) predominated numerically in the Lobo Reservoir (77.0%), followed by class II (17.8%).

The ciliate density ranged from 14.8 to 47.9 cells [mL.sup.-1] (see Figure 3c), with a mean of 24.6 cells [mL.sup.-1]. In all months sampled, the ciliate abundance was higher in P2 than in P1 (except in July). During the studied period, a total of 32 ciliates taxa were identified in the Lobo Reservoir. The most abundant ciliates were Mesodinium pulex (Claparede and Lachmann, 1859) Stein, 1867 (16.7%) and Halteriagrandinella (Mueller, 1773) Dujardin, 1841 (13.5%), followed by Thylacidium pituitosum Foissner, 1980 (12.0%), Vorticella aquadulcis-complex (7.5%) and Cyclidium glaucoma Mueller, 1773 (7.3%). Regarding feeding habits, there was density predominance of ciliate bacterivorous/algivores (34.2%), followed by omnivores (19.0%) and bacterivorous (18.6%).

Figure 4 shows, for the two sampling points, the seasonal variations of the relative density of the ciliates groups. The predominant groups in the Lobo Reservoir, in relation to annual mean density, were Spirotrichea (29.9%) and Haptoria (19.2%), followed by Scuticociliatia (17.1%) and Peritrichia (13.3%).

3.2. Protozoan bacterivory

The specific ingestion rates (SIR) ranged from 27.5 to 119.6 cells [ind.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1] (mean of 79.7 cells [ind.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]) for HNF and from 918.8 to 9887.6 cells [ind.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1] (mean of 3313.3 cells ind-1 h-1) for ciliates. The population ingestion rates (PIR) for HNF ranged from 2.2 x [10.sup.4] to 3.1 x [10.sup.5] cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1] (mean of 1.1 x [10.sup.5] cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]) and for ciliates ranged from 1.4 x [10.sup.4] to 1.9 x [10.sup.5] cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1] (mean of 7.8 x [10.sup.4] cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]).

The ingestion rates for both HNF and ciliates were statistically different between the P1 and P2 (Student's t-test). The mean, maximum and minimum values of the SIR and PIR for HNF and ciliates observed at each point during the studied period are presented in Table 2. For both HNF and ciliates, the lowest value of SIR and PIR occurred in May, 2010. For ciliates, the highest value of SIR and PIR occurred in January 2011, while for HNF, the highest value of SIR occurred in March 2011 and of PIR in November 2010 (as shown in Table 2). In general, for ciliates and HNF, the average ingestion rates in P2 were about twice higher than in P1.

During the studied period, large variations were observed in the total bacterivory rate (TBR) by protozoans (nanoflagellates + ciliates) (see Figure 5). The lowest TBR was observed in P1 in May (3.6 x [10.sup.4] cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]), while the highest values were observed in P2 in November (3.8 x [10.sup.5] cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]) and in January (3.6 x [10.sup.5] cells [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]). In all months, the TBR was higher in P2 than in P1 and in July 2010, the values were almost equal in the two points (see Figure 5).

In P1, the bacterivory by HNF was more important than by ciliates because in every month the PIR by HNF was higher than by ciliates (except July 2010). In P2, the impact of these two populations was almost equal because, in most of the months, the PIR for HNF and ciliates were very close (May 2010, July 2010, January 2011, March 2011), and only in September and November 2010 the bacterivory impact by HNF was higher (see Figure 5). However, considering all months and the two points analysed, in the Lobo Reservoir the impact of the HNF bacterivory (60%) was higher than by the ciliates (40%).

4. Discussion

In the Lobo Reservoir, bacterial densities were similar to those frequently observed in freshwater environments according to Pedros-Alio (1989). The predominant bacterial morphotypes in this study (coccobacilli and cocci) were the same reported in Racy et al. (2005) for this reservoir. For the heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF) the mean density (1.3 x [10.sup.3] cells [mL.sup.-1]) was within the range of variation of [10.sup.2] to [10.sup.6] cells [mL.sup.-1] found by Berninger et al. (1991) for freshwater environments. The mean ciliate density (24.6 cells [mL.sup.-1]) obtained in this study was higher than that found by Barbieri and Godinho (1989) (mean of 1.97 cells [mL.sup.-1]) for the same reservoir. We believed that the increase of ciliates over the years may be related to the eutrophication process of the reservoir.

The specific ingestion rates (SIR) observed for ciliates were higher than the ranges estimated by Comte et al. (2006) (2 to 612 cells [ind.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]) and those by Jezbera et al. (2003) (46 to 1808 cells [ind.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1]). The SIR observed for HNF were within the range found by various authors (e.g. Weisse, 1990; Boenigk and Arndt, 2000; Boenigk et al., 2002; Shannon et al., 2007). The SIR for ciliates were higher than for HNF in all months and points, which can be explained by the morphology of each group. The ciliates are generally larger than nanoflagellates and have different modes of capture and food ingestion. In general, the protozoan ciliates have their food apparatus surrounded by cilia on the cell surface or in a cavity on the cell surface (Lee and Kugrens, 1992), which favours the uptake of a greater number of bacteria when compared to the flagellates that do not have cilia. Likewise, the constant water flow through the cilia favours the obtaining and entry of a large number of food particles in the cells of these protozoans (Fenchel, 1980).

Despite the fact that the specific ingestion rate (SIR) for ciliates is higher than for HNF, the population ingestion rates (PIR) for HNF were higher than for ciliates in the majority of the months studied (see Figure 5). The highest PIR for flagellates are explained by the higher densities of these organisms when compared to ciliate densities in the reservoir (see Figure 3). Nevertheless, in some months (mainly in P2), the SIR for ciliates was so high (e.g. P2 in January), that even with high HNF densities, the PIR for HNF was close to the PIR for ciliates. In some situations, the PIR for HNF was lower than that for ciliates (e.g. P1 in July).

For both ciliates and HNF, the specific ingestion rates were always higher in P2 than in P1. We believed that this is probably due to the more accelerated metabolism of the protozoans in P2 due to higher water temperatures. According to Sherr et al. (1988) higher temperatures favour the consumption of bacteria, since bacterivory is directly dependent on temperature. During this study, it was observed that the time of linear uptake for HNF and ciliates in P2 (20min for HNF and 10min for ciliates) was lower than in P1 (30min for HNF and 20min for ciliates), which is an indication of the more accelerated metabolism of protozoans in P2. Furthermore, it should also be noted that P2 has a higher prey availability (higher bacteria density) than P1. Thus, it is expected that the greater the prey supply for protozoans in the environment, the higher are their ingestion rates, which was supported by the positive correlation between the bacterial density with PIR for HNF (r = 0, 574, p <0.05) and with the PIR for ciliates (r = 0.599, p <0.05).

The highest ciliate ingestion rates were observed in January 2011, due to the fact that the ciliated population were numerically dominated by the group Spirotrichea (mainly Halteria grandinella), composed of small bacterivorous ciliates (usually <30[micro]m) and by the Peritrichia group (mainly represented by Campanella umbellaria and Vorticella aquadulcis-complex), composed by efficient bacterial filter feeders. Simek et al. (1995) obtained high specific clearance rates for the Halteria grandinella and Vorticella aquadulcis-complex, confirming these species as highly efficient filter feeders. The Spirotrichea, Peritrichia, Haptoria and Scuticociliatia were the main bacterivorous groups in the Lobo Reservoir. However, based on previous studies (e.g. Simek et al., 1995, 2000; Jezbera et al., 2003), the most important pelagic bacterivorous ciliates are the oligotrichids (Spirotrichea), peritrichids (Peritrichia) and scuticociliatids (Scuticociliatia).

In general, the main bacterial consumers in the Lobo Reservoir were the HNF smaller than 5 [micro]m (class I) due to their high density when compared to the larger HNF (classes II and III) and ciliates. According to Sherr and Sherr (1991), the HNF smaller than 5 [micro]m are the dominant class composed mainly by bacterivorous organisms.

Considering the total bacterivory by protozoans (HNF + ciliates) in the Lobo Reservoir, the HNF caused a greater predation impact (60%) than the ciliates (40%). In general, HNF have been reported as the main bacterial consumers in most aquatic systems (Boenigk et al., 2002; Gasol et al., 2002; Ichinotsuka et al., 2006). However, in some environments, the ciliates may be the most important consumers of bacterioplankton (Zingel et al., 2007).

The ciliates also contributed significantly to the bacterivory in the Lobo Reservoir, mainly in P2 (mesoeutrophic), in which they presented high densities and ingestion rates when compared to the P1 (oligo-mesotrophic). According to some authors, the relative importance of the bacterivory for ciliates seems to increase along the trophic gradient of mesotrophic to eutrophic (e.g. Jezbera et al., 2003), as observed in this study. In general, there is growing evidences that ciliates contribute significantly to the grazing on bacteria and, therefore, should not be ignored in the investigation of pelagic food webs.

In the Lobo Reservoir, bacterial predation by protozoans was not only a controlling factor, but also a modifier of the bacteria community, because predation by HNF induced changes in the bacterioplanktonic community structure, such as the increase in the size and proportion of bacterial filaments. The formation of filaments by bacteria is considered a protection mechanism against the predation by HNF because filamentous bacteria have a selective advantage due to the decrease in the ingestion efficiency by flagellates with increasing bacterial length (Pernthaler, 2005). In the Lobo Reservoir, the highest concentrations of filaments were observed in November 2010, when the highest HNF densities and high predation impact by HNF were found (81.5% of total). However, although the total bacterivory rate was also high in July, lower concentrations of filaments were observed because in this month the main bacterial consumers were the ciliates (predation impact by ciliates of 55.9% of total). Thus, the possible bacterial community strategy of develop grazing-resistant forms (filaments) against the HNF predation in July was not so efficient, because it did not avoided ciliate grazing.

Regarding the main controlling forces of bacterial abundance in the Lobo Reservoir, the bottom-up control was more important in the dry season (May, July and September 2010) and the top-down control more important in the rainy one (November 2010, January and March 2011). In May, the lowest ingestion rates by flagellates and ciliates were observed and, despite this, the bacterial densities did not increase in response because of the nutritional poverty of the system (higher water column stability and lower allochthonous nutrient input), demonstrating that the control of bacteria by nutrient availability (bottom-up) was more important in this month. The highest bacterial densities occurred in July, when the reservoir had high concentrations of nutrients (mainly phosphorus). In this month, even with a high abundance of ciliates and HNF, as well as high bacterivory rates, the bacteria density did not decrease, suggesting that predation was not of great importance in the regulation of bacterial abundance in July. In September, the high bacterial densities can be explained by the high nutrient availability and the low ingestion rates by flagellates and ciliates due to low densities of these populations. During the rainy season (November 2010, January and March 2011), although the reservoir presents high nutrient availability (allochthonous nutrient input and by sediment resuspension) and bacteria entry from soil and sediment due to precipitation, the bacterial density was lower than in July and September (dry season). However, during the rainy season high bacterivory rates were observed, mainly by HNF in November and by ciliates and HNF in January and March, showing that the predation control (top-down) on bacteria was more important in these months.

According to Koton-Czarnecka and Chrost (2002), the top-down control on bacterial community is more important in eutrophic ecosystems, while the bottom-up control is more important in oligotrophic systems. However, Gasol et al. (2002), highlighted the simultaneous top-down and bottom-up control, since the changes in the bacterial community composition, as, for example, the increase in bacterial size in order to avoid predation by flagellates, is dependent on the nutrients availability in the system. In the present study, the relative importance of the bottom-up and top-down control changed seasonally, as discussed earlier, so, these two forces are equally important to the bacterial abundance regulation in the Lobo Reservoir in an annual basis.

In summary, the present study revealed that the HNF (mainly the HNF smaller than 5 [micro]m) caused the greatest grazing impact on the bacterial community of the Lobo Reservoir. However, the ciliates contributed significantly to the bacterivory, mainly in P2, due to their high densities and ingestion rates. The bottom-up (most important in the dry season) and top-down control (most important in the wet season), are both important in an annual basis, to the bacterial abundance regulation in this reservoir. In general, the determination of grazing rates was important not only to evaluate the role of bacteria and bacterivorous protozoans in this aquatic food chain, but also to evaluate the significance of the top-down and/or bottom-up control as regulating mechanisms of the bacterial community.

Received: July 31, 2012--Accepted: April 4, 2013--Distributed: August 31, 2014 (With 5 figures)


We thank Mrs. Darci C.D. Javaroti for the laboratory assistance and the state of Sao Paulo Research Foundation --FAPESP (process no.09/12435-6) for the scholarship granted to the first author.


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Mansano, AS. (a) *, Hisatugo, KF. (a), Hayashi, LH. (a) and Regali-Seleghim, MH. (a)

(a) Departamento de Ecologia e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos--UFSCar, Rod. Washington Luis, Km 235, CEP 13564-905, Sao Carlos, SP, Brazil

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Table 1. Environmental variable values analysed in the two sampling
points during the studied period in the Lobo Reservoir. Precip
(total precipitation); DO (dissolved oxygen); T (water
temperature); Cond (conductivity); TSM (total suspended material);
Chl (chlorophyll a); TN (total nitrogen); TP (total phosphorus).

                        Precip    pH         DO

Months         Points     mm      -     mg [L.sup.-1]

May 2010         P1      24.1    6.6         8.1
                 P2              6.4         8.7
July 2010        P1      30.7    6.8         9.8
                 P2              6.5         9.4
September        P1      54.8    5.7         8.7
2010             P2              6.5         9.3
November         P1     143.4    7.6         9.7
2010             P2              7.0         9.5
January 2011     P1     543.8    5.7         6.6
                 P2              5.8         6.6
March 2011       P1     306.0    4.0         5.6
                 P2              5.3         5.3

                            T          Cond        TSM

Months         Points   [degrees]C   [micro]S       mg
                                       cm-1     [L.sup.-1]

May 2010         P1        20.0        16.8        1.8
                 P2        19.5        16.0        2.5
July 2010        P1        18.4        11.0        5.2
                 P2        19.1        11.0        5.3
September        P1        22.0        10.0       OO OO
2010             P2        23.0        10.0        14.0
November         P1        24.7        13.0        8.5
2010             P2        25.4        12.0        10.0
January 2011     P1        26.9        11.0        7.0
                 P2        28.3        10.0        18.4
March 2011       P1        24.8        12.0        6.0
                 P2        26.0        10.0        14.0

                           Chl           TN           TP

Months         Points    [micro]g     [micro]g     [micro]g
                        [L.sup.-1]   [L.sup.-1]   [L.sup.-1]

May 2010         P1        13.9        119.0         20.0
                 P2        12.6        151.7         42.5
July 2010        P1        27.1        145.1         52.9
                 P2        18.4        124.9         64.4
September        P1        26.6        110.6         30.1
2010             P2        30.6         94.9         59.0
November         P1        30.2        165.4         34.7
2010             P2        32.7        183.0         47.7
January 2011     P1        9.3         100.8         28.5
                 P2        17.6        118.4         46.1
March 2011       P1        6.4         128.2         31.4
                 P2        10.4         77.3         34.3

Table 2. Mean, minimum (min) and maximum (max) values of the
specific ingestion rates (SIR) and population ingestion rates (PIR)
of heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF) and ciliates in the two
sampling points analysed in the Lobo Reservoir during the studied
period (May 2010 to March 2011).

                   HNF SIR            Ciliates SIR

             (cells [ind.sup.-1]   (cells [ind.sup.-1]
                 [h.sup.-1])           [h.sup.-1])

P1    mean          59.6                 2390.1
      min        27.5 (May)            918.8 (May)
      max        76.8 (Jan)           4503.8 (Jan)

P2    mean          99.9                 4236.6
      min        74.7 (May)           1334.3 (Sept)
      max        119.6 (Mar)          9887.6 (Jan)

                     HNF PIR                Ciliates PIR

                ([10.sup.4] cells         ([10.sup.4] cells
             [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1])   [mL.sup.-1] [h.sup.-1])

P1    mean             7.7                       5.5
      min           2.2 (May)                 1.4 (May)
      max          13.4 (Nov)                14.7 (July)

P2    mean            14.9                      10.2
      min           7.0 (May)                2.7 (Sept)
      max          30.5 (Nov)                18.7 (Jan)
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