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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3793-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-3793-2016
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01 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 01 Jul 2016

Dynamics of transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) during the VAHINE mesocosm experiment in the New Caledonian lagoon

Ilana Berman-Frank, Dina Spungin, Eyal Rahav, France Van Wambeke, Kendra Turk-Kubo, and Thierry Moutin

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In the marine environment, sticky sugar-containing gels, termed transparent exopolymeric particles (TEP), are produced from biological sources and physical and chemical processes. These compounds are essential vectors enhancing downward flow of organic matter and its storage at depth. Spatial and temporal dynamics of TEPs were followed for 23 days during the VAHINE mesocosm experiment that investigated the fate of nitrogen and carbon derived from organisms fixing atmospheric N2 (diazotrophs).
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