The multiple fates of sinking particles in the North Atlantic Ocean
Collins, James R.
Edwards, Bethanie R.
Ossolinski, Justin E.
DiTullio, Giacomo R.
Bidle, Kay D.
Doney, Scott C.
Van Mooy, Benjamin A. S.
MetadataShow full item record
KeywordCarbon cycle; Particle flux; Bacterial growth efficiency; Bacterial respiration; Microbial respiration
The direct respiration of sinking organic matter by attached bacteria is often invoked as the dominant sink for settling particles in the mesopelagic ocean. However, other processes, such as enzymatic solubilization and mechanical disaggregation, also contribute to particle flux attenuation by transferring organic matter to the water column. Here we use observations from the North Atlantic Ocean, coupled to sensitivity analyses of a simple model, to assess the relative importance of particle-attached microbial respiration compared to the other processes that can degrade sinking particles. The observed carbon fluxes, bacterial production rates, and respiration by water column and particle-attached microbial communities each spanned more than an order of magnitude. Rates of substrate-specific respiration on sinking particle material ranged from 0.007 ± 0.003 to 0.173 ± 0.105 day−1. A comparison of these substrate-specific respiration rates with model results suggested sinking particle material was transferred to the water column by various biological and mechanical processes nearly 3.5 times as fast as it was directly respired. This finding, coupled with strong metabolic demand imposed by measurements of water column respiration (729.3 ± 266.0 mg C m−2 d−1, on average, over the 50 to 150 m depth interval), suggested a large fraction of the organic matter evolved from sinking particles ultimately met its fate through subsequent remineralization in the water column. At three sites, we also measured very low bacterial growth efficiencies and large discrepancies between depth-integrated mesopelagic respiration and carbon inputs.
Author Posting. © American Geophysical Union, 2015. This article is posted here by permission of American Geophysical Union for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles 29 (2015): 1471–1494, doi:10.1002/2014GB005037.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Extreme rainfall and snowfall alter responses of soil respiration to nitrogen fertilization : a 3-year field experiment Chen, Zengming; Xu, Yehong; Zhou, Xuhui; Tang, Jianwu; Kuzyakov, Yakov; Yu, Hongyan; Fan, Jianling; Ding, Weixin (2016-12)Extreme precipitation is predicted to be more frequent and intense accompanying global warming, and may have profound impacts on soil respiration (Rs) and its components, i.e., autotrophic (Ra) and heterotrophic (Rh) ...
Chapin, F. Stuart; Woodwell, G. M.; Randerson, James T.; Rastetter, Edward B.; Lovett, G. M.; Baldocchi, Dennis D.; Clark, D. A.; Harmon, Mark E.; Schimel, David S.; Valentini, R.; Wirth, C.; Aber, J. D.; Cole, Jonathan J.; Goulden, Michael L.; Harden, J. W.; Heimann, M.; Howarth, Robert W.; Matson, P. A.; McGuire, A. David; Melillo, Jerry M.; Mooney, H. A.; Neff, Jason C.; Houghton, Richard A.; Pace, Michael L.; Ryan, M. G.; Running, Steven W.; Sala, Osvaldo E.; Schlesinger, William H.; Schulze, E.-D. (2006-01-06)Recent patterns and projections of climatic change have focused increased scientific and public attention on patterns of carbon (C) cycling and its controls, particularly the factors that determine whether an ecosystem is ...
Variability in the carbon isotopic composition of foliage carbon pools (soluble carbohydrates, waxes) and respiration fluxes in southeastern U.S. pine forests Mortazavi, Behzad; Conte, Maureen H.; Chanton, Jeffrey P.; Weber, John C.; Martin, Timothy A.; Cropper, Wendell P. (American Geophysical Union, 2012-04-19)We measured the δ13C of assimilated carbon (foliage organic matter (δCOM), soluble carbohydrates (δCSC), and waxes (δCW)) and respiratory carbon (foliage (δCFR), soil (δCSR) and ecosystem 13CO2 (δCER)) for two years at ...