Algal C-14 and total carbon metabolisms 2. Experimental observations with the diatom Skeletonema costatum

P.J.L. Williams, C. Robinson, M. Søndergaard, A.M. Jespersen, T.L. Bentley, D. Lefevre, Katherine Richardson, B. Riemann

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Abstract

Three sets of comparisons of net and gross inorganic carbon assimilation and C-14 uptake were made with an axenic culture of Skeletonema costatum. The comparisons showed that in the physiological window studied (10-20% of the intrinsic generation time and gross photosynthesis/respiration ratios of 2-3), C-14 uptake into the particulate plus the dissolved fractions approximated to net photosynthesis. Rate constants derived from the chemically determined changes were used to parameterize models that accounted for the respiration of photosynthetic products and for the recycling of respiratory CO2. The conclusion drawn was that over the time scale studied, the C-14 technique was measuring net photosynthesis, consistent with essentially 100% recycling of respiratory CO2. The study has shown that we now possess the basis to make a rigorous analysis of net, gross CO2 fixation and net C-14 uptake, and forms the first step in the development of algorithms for the interpretation of C-14 field observations
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Plankton Research
Volume18
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1961-1974
ISSN0142-7873
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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