Effects of compositional changes on reactivity continuum and decomposition kinetics of lake dissolved organic matter
2016 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, ISSN 2169-8953, E-ISSN 2169-8961, Vol. 121, no 7, 1733-1746 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To address the link between the composition and decomposition of freshwater dissolved organic matter (DOM), we manipulated the DOM from three boreal lakes using preincubations with UV light to cleave large aromatic molecules and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) to remove colored phenolic compounds. Subsequently, we monitored the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) loss over 4months of microbial degradation in the dark to assess how compositional changes in DOM affected different aspects of the reactivity continuum, including the distribution of the apparent decay coefficients. We observed profound effects on decomposition kinetics, with pronounced shifts in the relative share of rapidly and more slowly decomposing fractions of the DOM. In the UV-exposed treatment initial apparent decay coefficient k(0) was almost threefold higher than in the control. Significantly higher relative DOC loss in the UV-exposed treatment was sustained for 2months of incubation, after which decay coefficients converged with those in the control. The PVP removed compounds with absorbance and fluorescence characteristics representative of aromatic compounds, which led to slower decomposition, compared to that in the control. Our results demonstrate the reactivity continuum underlying the decomposition of DOM in freshwaters and highlight the importance of intrinsic properties of DOM in determining its decomposition kinetics.
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2016. Vol. 121, no 7, 1733-1746 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304303DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003359ISI: 000382581900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304303DiVA: diva2:1015057
FunderSwedish Research Council, 2011-3475-88773-67Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation