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Carotenoids as biomarkers for macrophyte derived detrital material in a shallow coastal water ecosystem
Abele-Oeschger, D.; Schramm, W. (1989). Carotenoids as biomarkers for macrophyte derived detrital material in a shallow coastal water ecosystem, in: Ros, J.D. (Ed.) Topics in Marine Biology: Proceedings of the 22nd European Marine Biology Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, August 1987. Scientia Marina (Barcelona), 53(2-3): pp. 315-318
In: Ros, J.D. (Ed.) (1989). Topics in Marine Biology: Proceedings of the 22nd European Marine Biology Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, August 1987. Scientia Marina (Barcelona), 53(2-3). Instituto de Ciencias del Mar: Barcelona. 145-754 pp., more
In: Scientia Marina (Barcelona). Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas. Institut de Ciènces del Mar: Barcelona. ISSN 0214-8358, more
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  • Abele-Oeschger, D.
  • Schramm, W.

Abstract
    In shallow coastal areas organic carbon from phytoplankton and macrophyte sources accumulates in muddy sediments, leading to enhanced oxygen consumption in off-coast bottom depressions. To assess contribution of macrophyte material to the organic rich sediments of the Kiel Bight, carotenoids were tested as markers for different sources of phytodetritus. The concentration of the diatom pigment fucoxanthin was of the same amount in erosive sand sediments and in accumulating mud sediments, as result of vertical phytoplankton input. In contrast, the xanthophyll lutein was detected only in accumulating organic rich mud sediments of the channel system, reflecting deposition of horizontally transported macrophyte debris in the investigated area.

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