Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Research article
19 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 19 Jan 2016

Microbial nutrient limitation in Arctic lakes in a permafrost landscape of southwest Greenland

B. Burpee, J. E. Saros, R. M. Northington, and K. S. Simon

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This study investigates microbial nutrient limitation patterns across a region of southwest Greenland in relation to environmental factors. Using microbial enzyme activities to infer nutrient limitation patterns, we determined that most lakes are P-limited. Further, P limitation was tightly controlled by lake dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration.
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