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Effect of Light Intensity on Sulfate Uptake and Primary Productivity by Natural Freshwater Microplankton Communities and Axenic Algal Cultures

TitleEffect of Light Intensity on Sulfate Uptake and Primary Productivity by Natural Freshwater Microplankton Communities and Axenic Algal Cultures
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1981
AuthorsMonheimer, RH
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume79
Pagination121-127
Keywordsbiology
Abstract

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.

URLhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00006118
DOI10.1007/BF00006118