Empirical leucine-to-carbon conversion factors for estimating heterotrophic bacterial production: seasonality and predictability in a temperate coastal ecosystem.

@article{CalvoDaz2009EmpiricalLC,
  title={Empirical leucine-to-carbon conversion factors for estimating heterotrophic bacterial production: seasonality and predictability in a temperate coastal ecosystem.},
  author={Alejandra Calvo-D{\'i}az and Xos{\'e} Anxelu G Mor{\'a}n},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={75 10},
  pages={3216-21}
}
Leucine-to-carbon conversion factors (CFs) are needed for converting substrate incorporation into biomass production of heterotrophic bacteria. During 2006 we performed 20 dilution experiments for determining the spatiotemporal variability of empirical CFs in temperate Atlantic coastal waters. Values (0.49 to 1.92 kg C mol Leu(-1)) showed maxima in autumn to early winter and minima in summer. Spatially averaged CFs were significantly negatively correlated with in situ leucine incorporation… CONTINUE READING

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