The microbial loop in flowing waters

  title={The microbial loop in flowing waters},
  author={J. L. Meyer},
  journal={Microbial Ecology},
  • J. Meyer
  • Published 1 September 1994
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Microbial Ecology
The microbial loop in flowing waters is dependent on allochthonous sources of carbon, which vary in quality. The proportion of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) that can be degraded ranges from <1 to over 50%, and the bioavailability of DOC (micrograms bacterial biomass produced per milligram DOC present) ranges over two orders of magnitude. Bioavailability of DOC is predictable from the ratio of H/C and O/C of the DOC, but further work is needed to develop simple predictors of bioavailability of… Expand

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