Relative influence of nitrogen and phosphorous availability on phytoplankton physiology and productivity in the Oligotrophic Sub-Tropical North Atlantic Ocean.

Moore, C. Mark, Mills, Matthew M., Langlois, Rebecca, Milne, A., Achterberg, Eric P. , LaRoche, Julie and Geider, R.J. (2008) Relative influence of nitrogen and phosphorous availability on phytoplankton physiology and productivity in the Oligotrophic Sub-Tropical North Atlantic Ocean. Limnology and Oceanography, 53 (1). pp. 291-305. DOI 10.4319/lo.2008.53.1.0291.

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Abstract

Nutrient addition bioassay experiments were performed in the low-nutrient, low-chlorophyll oligotrophic subtropical North Atlantic Ocean to investigate the influence of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and/or iron (Fe) on phytoplankton physiology and the limitation of primary productivity or picophytoplankton biomass. Additions of N alone resulted in 1.5-2 fold increases in primary productivity and chlorophyll after 48 h, with larger (~threefold) increases observed for the addition of P in combination with N (NP). Measurements of cellular chlorophyll contents permitted evaluation of the physiological response of the photosynthetic apparatus to N and P additions in three picophytoplankton groups. In both Prochlorococcus and the picoeukaryotes, cellular chlorophyll increased by similar amounts in N and NP treatments relative to all other treatments, suggesting that pigment synthesis was N limited. In contrast, the increase of cellular chlorophyll was greater in NP than in N treatments in Synechococcus, suggestive of NP co-limitation. Relative increases in cellular nucleic acid were also only observed in Synechococcus for NP treatments, indicating co-limitation of net nucleic acid synthesis. A lack of response to relief of nutrient stress for the efficiency of photosystem II photochemistry, Fv :Fm, suggests that the low nutrient supply to this region resulted in a condition of balanced nutrient limited growth, rather than starvation. N thus appears to be the proximal (i.e. direct physiological) limiting nutrient in the oligotrophic sub-tropical North Atlantic. In addition, some major picophytoplankton groups, as well as overall autotrophic community biomass, appears to be co-limited by N and P.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BI Biological Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.4319/lo.2008.53.1.0291
ISSN: 0024-3590
Projects: Future Ocean
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 16:50
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 11:42
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/4487

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