Aerobic Microbes and Meiofauna
Heterotrophic microorganisms in a detritus-based salt-marsh system are a major link in the mineralization and transformation of organic matter. The biomass and activity of heterotrophic microorganisms in the salt-marsh estuary at Sapelo Island have been examined with regard to both habitat and metabolic rotes. Habitat separation followed the divisions established in Chapter 1 by concentrating on microorganisms in tidal water, on living and dead emergent macrophytes, and in the soils and sediments. Metabolic differentiation was made on the basis of aerobes versus anaerobes. In this chapter we consider some of the organisms responsible for the aerobic transformations of organic matter and the factors influencing their regulation and interaction.
KeywordsMicrobial Community Chemical Oxygen Demand Microbial Biomass Salt Marsh Particulate Organic Carbon
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