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An experimental study on effects of submersed macrophytes on nitrification and denitrification in ammonium-rich aquatic systems
Limnology, Department of Ecology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden .
Limnology, Department of Ecology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5181-0391
1999 (English)In: Limnology and Oceanography, ISSN 0024-3590, Vol. 44, no 8, 1993-1999 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We have examined the role of microbial communities on the surface of submersed macrophytes and in the underlying sediment for nitrification and denitrification in light and dark in NH(4)(+)-enriched microcosm systems using isotope pairing and dilution techniques. Potamogeton pectinatus L. and intact sediment cores were collected in a shallow reservoir receiving treated municipal wastewater and containing dense submersed vegetation. Chambers containing P. pectinatus shoots, sediment, or both P. pectinatus shoots and sediment were exposed to 6 h of darkness, 6 h of light, and 6 h of darkness. (14)NH(4)(+) and (15)NO(3)(-) were added at ambient concentrations of 15 and 5 mg N liter(-1), respectively. NH(4)(+) was primarily nitrified in the epiphytic microbial communities, and NO; was denitrified in the underlying sediment. In chambers containing macrophytes, there was a net production of O(2) and NO(3)(-) in light and a net consumption in dark, and nitrification was higher in light than in dark. In chambers with only sediment, there was always a net consumption of NO(3)(-), and nitrification was similar in light and dark. The results show that submersed macrophytes can be important for the N metabolism in NH(4)(+)-rich freshwaters (e.g., wastewater treatment systems) by stimulating nitrification through providing surfaces for attached nitrifying bacteria and possibly also through diurnal changes in the water chemistry.

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Waco, United States: American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, Inc. , 1999. Vol. 44, no 8, 1993-1999 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-27655ISI: 000084125600014Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0032715846OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-27655DiVA: diva2:784956
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