Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 44, Number 3, 2008
|Page(s)||197 - 201|
|Published online||15 January 2009|
Diel isotopic fluctuation in surface seston and its physiological and ecological implications
Donghu Experimental Station of Lake Ecosystems, State Key Laboratory of Freshwater Ecology and Biotechnology of China,
Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072, P. R. China
2 Current address: College of Fisheries, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, P. R. China
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
We reported diel fluctuation in isotopic composition of surface seston from two connected lakes in China, oligotrophic Lake Fuxian and eutrophic Lake Xingyun. The decrease in nighttime and the increase in daytime of isotope signatures of seston might be attributed to the light-dependent balance between the photosynthesis and the respiration of phytoplankton and to the changes in the species composition and the relative abundance of phytoplankton functional groups at the water’s surface in diel growth. The relatively high isotopic signatures and the large-extent diel fluctuation of phytoplankton in the eutrophic lake could be due to utilization of heavy-isotope-enriched inorganic sources and the high primary productivity. Extent of diel fluctuation in δ13C and δ15N of phytoplankton were relatively small compared with the isotopic enrichment per trophic transfer and thus might have negligible effect on the source identifi cation and the trophic evaluation of consumers.
Key words: stable isotope / diel / phytoplankton / oligotrophic / eutrophic lake
© Université Paul Sabatier, 2008
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