High incorporation of carbon into proteins by the phytoplankton of the Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea
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- High incorporation of carbon into proteins by the phytoplankton of the Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea
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- 베링해협과 척치해에서의 식물플랑크톤의 높은 단백질 생성
- Lee, Sang Heon
Terry E. Whitledge
Kim, Hak Jun
- Chukchi Sea; Lipids; Photosynthetic allocations; Phytoplankton; Proteins
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- Lee, Sang Heon, Terry E. Whitledge, Kim, Hak Jun. 2009. "High incorporation of carbon into proteins by the phytoplankton of the Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea". CONTINENTAL SHELF RESEARCH, 29(14): 1689-1696.
- High incorporation of carbon into proteins and low incorporation into lipids were a characteristic pattern of the photosynthetic allocations of phytoplankton throughout the euphotic zone in the Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea in 2004. According to earlier studies, this indicates that phytoplankton had no nitrogen limitation and a physiologically healthy condition, at least during the cruise period from mid-August to early September in 2004. This is an interesting result, especially for the phytoplankton in the Alaskan Coastal Water mass dominated region in the Chukchi Sea which has been thought to be potentially nitrogen limited. The relatively high ammonium concentration is believed to have supported the nitrogen demand of the phytoplankton in the region where small cells (< 5 ？m) composed of about 50% of the community since they prefer to use regenerated nitrogen such as ammonium. In fact, a small cell-size community of phytoplankton incorporated much more carbon into proteins in nitrate-depleted water suggesting that small phytoplankton had less nitrogen stress than large phytoplankton. If the high carbon incorporation into proteins by the phytoplankton in 2004 is a general pattern of the photosynthetic allocations in the Chukchi Sea, they could provide nitrogen-sufficient food for the highest benthic faunal biomass in the Arctic Ocean, sustaining large populations of benthic-feeding marine mammals and seabirds.
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