Assessment of phosphorus limitation in an oligotrophic lake using radiophosphorus uptake kinetics

Chow-Fraser, Patricia and Duthie, Hamish C.
Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci.
(1983) 40: 817-821


We used P32-uptake kinetics as a means of assessing periods of P limitation to phytoplankton growth in an ultraoligotrophic lake. Tracer experiments, conducted biweekly and weekly in 1975 and 1976, respectively, yielded information regarding the availability of phosphorus over the sampling seasons. Analytical measurements of ambient phosphorus concentrations were not as informative as uptake kinetic data in the assessment of phosphorus demands in the lake. Whereas analytical methods identified probable periods of P limitation at the end of summer, radiophosphorus data indicated that P limitation was prevalent throughout most of the summer.

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