Effect of Light Intensity on Sulfate Uptake and Primary Productivity by Natural Freshwater Microplankton Communities and Axenic Algal Cultures
|Title||Effect of Light Intensity on Sulfate Uptake and Primary Productivity by Natural Freshwater Microplankton Communities and Axenic Algal Cultures|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1981|
Analyses of four years of in situ sulfate uptake by microplankton communities in two,trophically different lakes showed that about 12% of the experiments had dark uptake equal to or higher than uptake at ambient light. Three axenic algal cultures subjected to different light intensities showed that sulfate uptake patterns, relative to primary productivity, vary with species and although sulfate uptake tends to decrease at lower light levels, at or very near darkness, in physiologically active (young) cultures sulfate uptake frequently increases dramatically. The field data, when summarized according to the light received, shows the same trends seen in the axenic cultures. It is concluded that sulfate uptake is only loosely associated with inorganic carbon uptake (primary productivity) and that under some circumstances a low level of light may increase the sulfate uptake rate.