Articles | Volume 13, issue 16
Research article
23 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 23 Aug 2016

Effects of wastewater treatment plant effluent inputs on planktonic metabolic rates and microbial community composition in the Baltic Sea

Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer, Heather E. Reader, Saraladevi Muthusamy, Markus V. Lindh, Jarone Pinhassi, Daniel J. Conley, and Emma S. Kritzberg


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (17 Jul 2016) by Gerhard Herndl
AR by Raquel Vaquer-Sunyer on behalf of the Authors (27 Jul 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (03 Aug 2016) by Gerhard Herndl
Short summary
Nitrogen-rich dissolved organic matter inputs from wastewater treatment plant effluents increased bacterial production and decreased primary production and community respiration. Nutrient amendments and seasonally variable environmental conditions lead to shifts in bacterial community composition. Increases in bacterial production and simultaneous decreases in primary production lead to more carbon being consumed in the microbial loop and reduce its availability to sustain the food web.
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