Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Research article
13 May 2016
Research article |  | 13 May 2016

Cell-free extracellular enzymatic activity is linked to seasonal temperature changes: a case study in the Baltic Sea

Federico Baltar, Catherine Legrand, and Jarone Pinhassi


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Apr 2016) by Gerhard Herndl
AR by Federico Baltar on behalf of the Authors (18 Apr 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Apr 2016) by Gerhard Herndl
Short summary
This work deals with one of the central topics in biogeochemistry, the factors controlling the degradation of organic matter. We found the contribution of dissolved (cell-free) to the total extracellular enzymatic activities follows a strong seasonal pattern, with the largest proportions during cold periods. Our results suggest that temperature changes can have strong implications in the hydrolysis of organic matter, suggesting a link between global warming and the degradation of organic matter.
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