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Bacterioplankton production, abundance, and nutrient limitation among lakes of the Mackenzie Delta (Western Canadian arctic)

Spears, Bryan; Lesack, Lance F.W.. 2006 Bacterioplankton production, abundance, and nutrient limitation among lakes of the Mackenzie Delta (Western Canadian arctic). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 63 (4). 845-857. 10.1139/F05-264

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Abstract/Summary

The effects of nutrient availability and quality of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on bacterioplankton production were assessed in six lakes with differing frequencies of river flooding. Bacterial productivity, dissolved nutrients, and DOC were tracked weekly throughout the open-water period of 2001. Inorganic nutrient (N and P) enrichment microcosm experiments were conducted to directly assess the effects of DOC quality (i.e., mixtures of colored and noncolored DOC) and inorganic nutrient limitation on bacterial productivity among the lakes. Averaged over the open-water season, both abundance and production of bacterioplankton increased with decreasing flood frequency (R2 = 0.61 and R2 = 0.78, respectively). Reduced bacterial production occurred in frequently flooded lakes, where colored DOC, light attenuation, and phosphate were high but ammonium was low. Bacterial production was greatest in infrequently flooded lakes, where noncolored DOC and ammonium were high but phosphate was low. Bacterial production was enhanced by amendments of inorganic nutrients in duplicate experiments (two-factor analyses of variance). Production was also enhanced in response to higher concentrations of either colored or noncolored DOC following release from inorganic nutrient limitation. Size fractionated (<1 µm versus >1 µm) N-debt and P-debt bioassays typically showed demand for P and release of N by bacteria in all study lakes.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1139/F05-264
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
CEH Sections: _ Scottish Freshwater Ecosystem
ISSN: 0706-652X
Format Availability: Electronic, Print
Additional Keywords: dissolved organic carbon, DOC, heterotrophic bacteria, water transparency, potential responses, climate change, fresh-waters, growth rate, phytoplankton, ecosystems
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 04 Jul 2007 15:14
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/472

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