Title

Response of Stream Biofilms to Pulsed Versus Steady-State Phosphorus Additions

Item Type

Presentation

Location

Elaine Langone Center, Forum

Session

Ecology and Water Quality

Start Date

12-11-2016 1:30 PM

End Date

12-11-2016 4:00 PM

Keywords

phosphorous, biofilm

Description

Our current understanding of how algal-dominate biofilms in streams respond to phosphorus (P) enrichment is largely based on the assumption that streams have a constant P supply. However, in reality natural streams experience large swings in P concentrations due to runoff and in-stream biotic and abiotic uptake. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a steady-state P release versus successive pulse events on algae-dominated biofilms colonizing artificial streams. One treatment (n=4) was maintained at a constant 12 µg P/L, another was subjected to weekly 8 h pulses at 252 µg P/L (n=4) and a third treatment was maintained below P detection limits (n=4). Both the steady-state and the pulse treatments received an equivalent amount of P by the end of the experiment. Preliminary pulse amplitude modulation fluorometry data indicate that algae treated with the phosphorous pulse had a greater photosynthetic capacity and ability to utilize the phosphorus.

Language

eng

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Nov 12th, 1:30 PM Nov 12th, 4:00 PM

Response of Stream Biofilms to Pulsed Versus Steady-State Phosphorus Additions

Elaine Langone Center, Forum

Our current understanding of how algal-dominate biofilms in streams respond to phosphorus (P) enrichment is largely based on the assumption that streams have a constant P supply. However, in reality natural streams experience large swings in P concentrations due to runoff and in-stream biotic and abiotic uptake. The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of a steady-state P release versus successive pulse events on algae-dominated biofilms colonizing artificial streams. One treatment (n=4) was maintained at a constant 12 µg P/L, another was subjected to weekly 8 h pulses at 252 µg P/L (n=4) and a third treatment was maintained below P detection limits (n=4). Both the steady-state and the pulse treatments received an equivalent amount of P by the end of the experiment. Preliminary pulse amplitude modulation fluorometry data indicate that algae treated with the phosphorous pulse had a greater photosynthetic capacity and ability to utilize the phosphorus.