Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 13, 3519–3531, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3519-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 3519–3531, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3519-2016

Research article 17 Jun 2016

Research article | 17 Jun 2016

Tracer experiment and model evidence for macrofaunal shaping of microbial nitrogen functions along rocky shores

Catherine A. Pfister et al.

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It is increasingly recognized that marine animals host microbes relevant to nitrogen cycling. Rocky shore tidepools host a phylogenetically diverse biota that inspired us to experimentally isolate their effects on microbial nitrogen processing. We found that mussels promote high rates and diverse types of microbial nitrogen metabolisms. We further developed a novel mathematical model that quantified these diverse processes and showed their significance to nitrogen processing.
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