Journal of
Oceanography and Marine Science

  • Abbreviation: J. Oceanogr. Mar. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2294
  • DOI: 10.5897/JOMS
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 60

Full Length Research Paper

Microalgae richness and assemblage of man-made solar saltpans of Thoothukudi, TamilNadu

T. Santhanakrishnan
  • T. Santhanakrishnan
  • Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India
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C. Lakshmanan
  • C. Lakshmanan
  • Department of Botany, V. O. Chidambaram College, Thoothukudi, India.
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V. Radhakrishnan
  • V. Radhakrishnan
  • Department of Marine Science, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India
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  •  Received: 20 May 2015
  •  Accepted: 13 July 2015
  •  Published: 31 July 2015

Abstract

Solar saltpans are ponds of brine sun evaporated to crystallize salt (Halite). Once provide ambient ecology for several halophilic microalgae. Enumeration of microorganisms in Thoothukudi solar saltpans revealed the presence of 30 genera of microalgae belonging to the divisions of Cyanophyta, Bacillariophyta and Chlorophyta. Chlorophyta species is the dominant group of solar salterns of Thoothukudi.
 
Key words: Solar saltpans, halophilic microalgae, diversity, salt production and Thoothukudi.