The availability of dissolved organic phosphorus compounds to marine phytoplankton
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The availability of three dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) compounds as nutrient sources for experimental culture of three algae was studied. Results indicated that these compounds could be utilized by algae, and that dissolved inorganic phosphorus (DIP) was first to be uptaken when various forms of phosphorus (DIP and DOP) co-existed.Dicrateria zhanjiangensis' uptake of sodium glycerophosphate was faster than that of D-ribose-5-phosphate. The increase of sodium glycerophosphate had little effect on the maximum uptake rate(V max) ofChlorella sp., but increased the semisaturation constant(K s) remarkably; the photosynthesis rates(PR) ofDicrateria zhanjiangensis andChlorella sp. were rarely affected by using various forms of phosphorus in the culture experiments. The possible DOP pathways utilized by algae are discussed.
Key wordsDOP compounds availability marine algae culture experiment
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