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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2010

Nutrient Constraints on Metabolism Affect the Temperature Regulation of Aquatic Bacterial Growth Efficiency

Berggren, Martin; Laudon, Hjalmar; Jonsson, Anders; Jansson, Mats


Inorganic nutrient availability and temperature are recognized as major regulators of organic carbon processing by aquatic bacteria, but little is known about how these two factors interact to control bacterial metabolic processes. We manipulated the temperature of boreal humic stream water samples within 0-25 degrees C and measured bacterial production (BP) and respiration (BR) with and without inorganic nitrogen + phosphorus addition. Both BP and BR increased exponentially with temperature in all experiments, with Q(10) values varying between 1.2 and 2.4. The bacterial growth efficiency (BGE) showed strong negative relationships with temperature in nutrient-enriched samples and in natural stream water where community-level BP and BR were not limited by nutrients. However, there were no relationships between BGE and temperature in samples where BP and BR were significantly constrained by the inorganic nutrient availability. The results suggest that metabolic responses of aquatic bacterial communities to temperature variations can be strongly dependent on whether the bacterial metabolism is limited by inorganic nutrients or not. Such responses can have consequences for both the carbon flux through aquatic food webs and for the flux of CO(2) from aquatic systems to the atmosphere.

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Microbial Ecology
2010, volume: 60, number: 4, pages: 894-902
Publisher: SPRINGER

Authors' information

Berggren, Martin
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Jonsson, Anders
Jansson, Mats

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG14 Life below water

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use

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