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  Linking larval chironomids to methane: seasonal variation of the microbial methane cycle and chironomid δ¹³C

Deines, P., Grey, J., Richnow, H.-H., & Eller, G. (2007). Linking larval chironomids to methane: seasonal variation of the microbial methane cycle and chironomid δ¹³C. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 46(3), 273-282.

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Deines, Peter1, Author              
Grey, Jonathan1, Author              
Richnow, Hans-Hermann, Author
Eller, Gundula1, Author              
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1Department Ecophysiology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society, ou_976547              

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Free keywords: methane cycle; stable isotopes; chironomid larvae; seasonality
 Abstract: Methane-derived carbon has been shown to be an important carbon source for macroinvertebrates in several studies of lake ecosystems using stable isotopes. Furthermore, season and lake morphology appear to influence the importance of methane as a carbon source. However, rarely have the dynamics of the methane cycle been measured concurrently with the isotope signatures of chironomid larvae. We examined the methane dynamics in 2 lakes with contrasting mixing regimes (polymictic and dimictic), while monitoring corresponding changes in chironomid larval δ13C throughout an annual cycle. Both methane turnover rates and abundance of methane-oxidising bacteria were higher in the dimictic lake, where correspondingly lower mean larval δ13C values of –44.2 to –61.7‰ were recorded. In contrast, potential methane production and oxidation rates, as well as cell numbers of methane-oxidising bacteria were always lower in the polymictic lake; corresponding larval δ13C values ranged from –32.3 to –29.6‰. Furthermore, seasonal variation in larval δ13C was more pronounced in the dimictic lake (–50.1 ± 5.9‰) compared to the polymictic lake (–31.1 ± 1.2‰), reflecting the amplitude of turnover rates. This suggests strongly that lake characteristics have an influence on methane turnover rates and, in conjunction with season, affect the subsequent incorporation of methane-derived carbon into freshwater food webs via macroinvertebrates.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2007-03-13
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 46 (3) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 273 - 282 Identifier: ISSN: 0948-3055 (print)
ISSN: 1616-1564 (online)