Do phytoplankton nutrient ratios reflect patterns of water column nutrient ratios? A numerical stoichiometric analysis of Lake Kinneret

Y. Li, Anya Waite, G. Gal, Matthew Hipsey

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Abstract

The N:P stoichiometry of a water body is one of the most commonly used indicators of its nutrient status. However, in a dynamic aquatic ecosystem the N:P stoichiometry of phytoplankton is highly variable depending on a range of factors that influence their growth. In this study, a 1D hydrodynamic-ecological model was used to examine how the internal nutrient ratios of phytoplankton relate to nutrient ratios within the water column in Lake Kinneret, Israel. We identified that seasonal patterns of the simulated dissolved inorganic N to total P (DIN:TP) ratios in the water column were a useful indicator of the N:P stoichiometry of the combined phytoplankton community. However, the internal N:P patterns of individual phytoplankton groups did not necessarily relate to DIN:TP patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1630-1640
JournalProcedia Environmental Sciences
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event18th Biennial ISEM Conference on Ecological Modelling for Global Change and Coupled Human and Natural System - Beijing, China
Duration: 20 Sep 201123 Sep 2011

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