Nutrient limitation of bacterioplankton and phytoplankton in humic lakes in northern Sweden
2001 (English)In: Freshwater Biology, ISSN 0046-5070, E-ISSN 1365-2427, Vol. 46, no 5, 653-666 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
1. Two small humic lakes in northern Sweden with concentrations of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) between 15 and 20 mg L-1 were fertilized with inorganic phosphorus (P) and inorganic nitrogen (N), respectively. A third lake was unfertilized and served as a control. In addition to this lake fertilization experiment, data from different regional surveys were used to assess the role of different limiting factors. 2. The P fertilization had no effects on bacterioplankton or phytoplankton, while phytoplankton were significantly stimulated by N fertilization. Inorganic nutrient limitation of bacterioplankton was a function of DOC concentration in water of the investigated region and nutrient-limited bacteria were found only in lakes with DOC concentrations less than around 15 mg L-1 3. The fertilization experiments demonstrated that the DOC-rich experimental lakes contained a bioavailable pool of P that was not utilized to its full potential under natural conditions. The overall mobilization of energy (bacterioplankton plus phytoplankton) in the experimental lakes was restricted by lack of inorganic N.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 46, no 5, 653-666 p.
bacterioplankton, humic lakes, nutrient limitation, phytoplankton, whole-lake fertilization
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37612DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2427.2001.00703.xISI: 000168572400009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-37612DiVA: diva2:369384