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The measurement of primary productivity in high-rate oxidation pond ( HROP )


Rai,  H.
Department Ecophysiology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Berner, T., Dubinsky, Z., Schanz, F., Grobbelaar, J., Rai, H., & Uehlinger, U. (1986). The measurement of primary productivity in high-rate oxidation pond ( HROP ). Journal of Plankton Research, 8(4), 659-672.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-9A8E-A
A high-rate oxidation pond is studied as a model system for comparing 14 C and oxygen evolution methods as tools for measuring primary productivity in hypertrophic aquatic systems. Our results indicate that at very dense algal populations (up to 5 mg chl. a l −1 ) and high photosynthetic rates, 14 C based results may severely underestimate primary productivity, unless a way is found to keep incubation times very short. Results obtained with our oxygen electrode were almost an order of magnitude higher than those obtained by all 14 C procedures. These higher values correspond fairly well with a field-tested computer-simulation model, as well as with direct harvest data obtained at the same pond when operated under similar conditions. The examination of the size-fractionation of the photosynthetic activity underscored the important contribution of nannoplanktonic algae to the total production of the system.