Journal Article

Dynamics of inorganic phosphorus in pelagic communities of the Sea of Okhotsk

Yu. I. Sorokin

in Journal of Plankton Research

Volume 24, issue 12, pages 1253-1263
Published in print December 2002 | ISSN: 0142-7873
Published online December 2002 | e-ISSN: 1464-3774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/24.12.1253
Dynamics of inorganic phosphorus in pelagic communities of the Sea of Okhotsk

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Inorganic phosphorus uptake and regeneration in the Okhotsk Sea waters were investigated in July–August 1994 with the use of radioisotopic techniques. The rates of PO4-P uptake by microplankton in the upper mixed layer were between 1.5 and 6.6 μg P l−1 day−1 (average 2.75) in areas of diatom dominance, and between 0.68 and 1.68 μg P l−1 day−1 (average 1.16) in areas of intense warming and summer phytoplankton minimum. The residence time of PO4-P standing stock in water at different stations varied between 1.5 and 24 days (mean 9 days). The share of bacterioplankton contributing to total PO4-P uptake was ∼50% in areas of the summer phytoplankton minimum and 20–30% in areas of diatom dominance. The PO4-P regeneration rate was measured first time experimentally in the temperate sea. Its rates varied from 0.30 to 1.65 μg P l−1 day−1. In areas of diatom dominance, it compensated with 30–60% of PO4-P uptake. In zones of summer phytoplankton minimum and in the layers of deep chlorophyll maxima at 10–25 m depths, the PO4-P regeneration rate often exceeded its uptake. Primary phytoplankton production correlated well with PO4-P uptake values in the upper mixed layer, while no correlation was found between primary production and the ambient PO4-P content in water.

Journal Article.  5352 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marine and Estuarine Biology ; Zoology and Animal Sciences

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