Amino acid stable N isotope estimations reveal uniform diazotrophic contributions across zooplankton size fractions in the subtropical N Atlantic
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Fecha de publicación2016-05-27
Palabras claveStable isotopes
Natural abundance of stable N isotopes (d15N) in both individual amino acids and bulk organic matter of size-fractionated plankton samples were compared to analyze the differential impact of nitrogen fixation through the food web, in a transect across the subtropical North Atlantic. Low d15N values in the central and western regions were consistent with the prevalence of nitrogen fixation, while maximum d15N values tracked the influence of West African upwelling in the eastern zone. Compound-specific amino acid isotope data (CSI-AA) revealed relatively low variability in the impact of diazotrophic nitrogen within the different plankton size fractions, while d15N of bulk organic matter showed higher variability with size. Moreover, CSI-AA results also indicated a greater importance of diazotrophy than suggested by bulk d15N values. Trophic position estimates using CSI-AA showed the expected general increase with mean plankton size class and varied in a relatively narrow range (1.8 to 2.5), ...
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