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Photochemically induced changes in bioavailable carbon and nitrogen pools in a boreal watershed
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). (Johan Wikner)
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1999 (English)In: Aquatic Microbial Ecology, ISSN 0948-3055, E-ISSN 1616-1564, Vol. 19, no 1, 47-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In several recent studies, a net stimulation of bacterial growth has been demonstrated after exposing humic surface waters to solar radiation or artificial ultraviolet radiation. This stimulation has been attributed to a photochemical release of bioavailable carbon or nitrogen compounds (ammonium). In a synoptic experiment, we exposed 0.2 mu m filtered water from 12 different habitats in a river system, dominated by allochthonous carbon input, to mild artificial UV radiation. A significant photochemical release of carboxylic acids of low molecular weight occurred. Furthermore, the exposure increased carbon-limited bacterial yield on average by a factor of 1.7. No photochemical production of free ammonium could be detected, which was in accordance with the lack of effects of radiation on bacterial growth yield under nitrogen-limited conditions. We conclude that, in boreal systems dominated by allochthonous carbon input, photochemical production of bioavailable carbon rather than nitrogen compounds is likely to positively influence the total substrate pool available for bacterial utilization.

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Oldendorf: Inter-Research , 1999. Vol. 19, no 1, 47-56 p.
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UV radiation, DOC, DON, bacterial bioassays, carboxylic acids, ammonium
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52548DOI: 10.3354/ame019047ISI: 000082957500005OAI: diva2:506342
Available from: 2012-02-28 Created: 2012-02-24 Last updated: 2012-02-28

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