Estimates of ecosystem metabolism in the La Trobe River

  title={Estimates of ecosystem metabolism in the La Trobe River},
  author={Bc Chessman},
Diel oxygen-curve techniques were used to estimate gross primary productivity (PG), community respiration and net daily metabolism (NDM) for five reaches of the La Trobe River from headwaters to lowlands. All reaches were heterotrophic throughout the study (December 1980-November 1981) with NDM ranging from - 1 to -6 g O2 m-2. PG was consistently very low at the most upstream station and highest in the middle reaches of the river, where both benthic and planktonic contributions were important… CONTINUE READING