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Carbon transfer from detrital leaves of eelgrass (Zostera marina) to bacteria
Vähätalo, A.V.; Søndergaard, M. (2002). Carbon transfer from detrital leaves of eelgrass (Zostera marina) to bacteria. Aquat. Bot. 73(3): 265-273
In: Aquatic Botany. Elsevier Science: Tokyo; Oxford; New York; London; Amsterdam. ISSN 0304-3770, more
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    Bacteria; Carbon; Degradation; Detritus; Sea grass; Zostera marina Linnaeus, 1753 [WoRMS]

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  • Vähätalo, A.V.
  • Søndergaard, M.

    Decomposition and leaching of brown leaves of eelgrass (Zostera marina) was followed with or without a community of indigenous bacteria. The leaves lost 9% of their ash free dry mass (AFDM) via leaching during 30 days. At this time bacterial production supported by the leaves was distributed with 61% in the water and 39% on the leaves. A carbon budget indicated that bacteria consumed 28% of the leached dissolved organic carbon. This consumed carbon was mostly (71%) respired and 29% of it was allocated into the bacterial biomass. Eight percent of the leached organic carbon and 0.8% of the initial carbon content of the leaves entered into the bacterial biomass. The results can be used to estimate transfer of carbon from detrital eelgrass leaves to bacteria.

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