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A study of the carbon flux through the microbial food web in aquatic systems: experiments and modelling

Dutch title: Een studie van de koolstofflux doorheen het microbieël voedselweb in aquatische systemen: experimenten en modellering
Reference no: 1295600N
Period: October 1999 till September 2002
Status: Completed

Thesaurus terms: Bacteria; Modelling; Trophic relationships; Zooplankton

Institutes (2)  Top 
  • Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Laboratorium voor Protistologie en Aquatische Ecologie (PAE), more, co-ordinator
  • Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie; Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO), more, sponsor

This project comprises a comparative study of the carbon flux through the microbial food web in a series of marine and freshwater systems situated along trophic gradients. For each system, a model describing the transfer of carbon from the DOM pool to the mesozooplankton will be constructed. Two important processes will be investigated experimentally: the bacterial growth efficiency and the number of trophic levels present between bacteria and the mesozooplankton.

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