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Stimulation of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria in a Baltic Sea plankton community by land-derived organic matter or iron addition

Stolte, Willem ; Balode, Maija ; Carlsson, Per LU ; Grzebyk, Daniel ; Janson, Sven ; Lips, Inga ; Panosso, Renata ; Ward, Clive J. and Graneli, Edna LU (2006) In Marine Ecology - Progress Series 327. p.71-82
Abstract
In the Baltic Sea, floating blooms of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria occur yearly during late summer. These blooms can sometimes be limited by iron. Due to extensive foresting around the Baltic Sea, iron is entering the Baltic Sea partly bound to dissolved organic material (DOM) via rivers. An experiment was performed in 300 1 laboratory mesocosms to test the hypothesis that riverine high-molecular weight dissolved organic matter (HMWDOM), extracted by tangential flow filtration > 1000 Da, stimulates the biomass of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria, by increasing the availability of iron. The addition of iron/EDTA and of DOM resulted in 5 to 10 times higher biomass of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria. Accordingly, higher primary production and... (More)
In the Baltic Sea, floating blooms of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria occur yearly during late summer. These blooms can sometimes be limited by iron. Due to extensive foresting around the Baltic Sea, iron is entering the Baltic Sea partly bound to dissolved organic material (DOM) via rivers. An experiment was performed in 300 1 laboratory mesocosms to test the hypothesis that riverine high-molecular weight dissolved organic matter (HMWDOM), extracted by tangential flow filtration > 1000 Da, stimulates the biomass of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria, by increasing the availability of iron. The addition of iron/EDTA and of DOM resulted in 5 to 10 times higher biomass of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria. Accordingly, higher primary production and particulate nitrogen concentration at the end of the experiment were observed in those treatments compared to the control. The removal of mesozooplankton grazers did not have a significant effect on the microphytoplankton biomass and species composition. Nodularia spumigena biomass was highest in the treatments receiving DOM, but addition of iron alone had no significant effect on this. N. spumigena was less positively affected by iron addition than Anabaena cf. inaequalis, suggesting that N, spumigena is a better competitor for iron. Separate microcosms comparing additions of iron, manganese and cobalt showed that iron was limiting for cyanobacterial biomass development. The results strongly suggest that iron bound to DOM can contribute to the iron demands of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria in the Baltic Sea. (Less)
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HMWDOM, organic matter, high-molecular weight dissolved, iron, cyanobacteria, nitrogen fixation, humic acid, mesocosm experiment
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Marine Ecology - Progress Series
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327
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71 - 82
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Inter-Research
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1616-1599
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10.3354/meps327071
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English
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  author       = {Stolte, Willem and Balode, Maija and Carlsson, Per and Grzebyk, Daniel and Janson, Sven and Lips, Inga and Panosso, Renata and Ward, Clive J. and Graneli, Edna},
  issn         = {1616-1599},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {71--82},
  publisher    = {Inter-Research},
  series       = {Marine Ecology - Progress Series},
  title        = {Stimulation of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria in a Baltic Sea plankton community by land-derived organic matter or iron addition},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps327071},
  doi          = {10.3354/meps327071},
  volume       = {327},
  year         = {2006},
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