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We explored a benthic community living on stones in an acidic (pH< or =2) stream of active volcanic origin from Patagonia, Argentina, by combining in situ measurements (temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen), photosynthesis of intact biofilms (measured with microsensors by the light-dark shift method), pure-culture experiments on isolated algae,(More)
Irradiation of natural water samples with natural or artificial UVR typically results in a progressive loss of color and decreased absorbance; a process often referred to as photobleaching. In a typical photobleaching experiment, samples are exposed to a relatively constant level of artificial or natural UVR. However, under most natural situations, the(More)
The application of trait-based approaches has become a widely applied tool to analyse community assembly processes and dynamics in phytoplankton communities. Its advantages include summarizing information of many species without losing essentials of the main driving processes. Here, we used trait-based approaches to study phytoplankton temporal succession(More)
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are pollutants that are potentially carcinogenic, are widely distributed in the environment, and accumulate in soils. The peroxydisulfate anion strategy for the remediation of PAH-contaminated soils has attracted widespread interest, despite its negative effects on soil microbial activity as a result of oxidative(More)
We investigated whether algal osmotrophy in naturally acidic Lake Caviahue is an important process for acquisition of organic carbon and organic nitrogen. To accomplish this, we quantified algal assimilation of organic compounds, measured the specific growth rate and biomass yield, and documented incorporation of organic compounds by phytoplankton in situ(More)
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