KNAW Repository

Effect of oxygen on the degradability of organic matter in subtidal and intertidal sediments of the North Sea area

Dauwe, B. and Middelburg, J.J. and Herman, P.M.J. (2001) Effect of oxygen on the degradability of organic matter in subtidal and intertidal sediments of the North Sea area. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 215, 13-22. ISSN 0171-8630.

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
417Kb

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps215013

Abstract

The effect of oxygen on the degradation of sedimentary organic matter has been determined for 6 subtidal stations and 3 intertidal stations in the North Sea area. The stations were selected to cover a range of organic matter lability and sediment texture (and hence concentrations of organic matter). Slurry incubations revealed that at low mineralisation rates, aerobic mineralisation is significantly faster than anaerobic mineralisation, irrespective of the degree of lability of organic matter. A complementary incubation experiment with sediment rich in organic carbon mixed with varying proportions of organically poor sediments confirmed the enhanced aerobic mineralisation at low mineralisation levels. It is proposed that oxygen-enhanced degradation occurs at low mineralisation levels at which bacterial biomass production becomes limiting. [KEYWORDS: organic matter; degradation; oxygen; sediments; North Sea; intertidal Long-island sound; continental-margin sediments; green algal cells; marine-sediments; carbon preservation; sulfate reduction; amino-acids; anaerobic mineralization; microbial decomposition; chlorophyll-a]

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:10991
Deposited On:24 Nov 2011 01:00
Last Modified:14 Oct 2013 11:26

Repository Staff Only: item control page