Silica uptake kinetics of Halichondria panicea in Kiel Bight
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Besides diatoms Demospongiae are the most important consumers of dissolved silica in the sea. They can play an important role for the silica budget especially in the shallow water areas of the Baltic Sea. The dependence of the silica uptake rate on the silica concentration of the seawater was measured for the sponge Halichondria panicea (Pallas, 1766). The sponges were collected in Kiel Bight. The uptake conformed to Michaelis–Menten kinetics with a half-saturation constant of 46.41 μM and a saturated uptake rate of 19.33 μmol h−1 g−1 ( p < 0.01). In the red algae zone of Kiel Bight the sponges depend on silica supply from the surrounding waters and may be silica-limited rather than food-limited in growth. Because of the much faster uptake of silica by diatoms and their lower saturation point, as well as the difference in spatial distribution of the two main silica consumers, a competition for silica between sponges and diatoms seems unlikely.
KeywordsSponge Uptake Rate Uptake Kinetic Lower Saturation Silica Concentration
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