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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-2865-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-2865-2017
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15 Jun 2017
Research article |  | 15 Jun 2017

Cyanobacterial carbon concentrating mechanisms facilitate sustained CO2 depletion in eutrophic lakes

Ana M. Morales-Williams, Alan D. Wanamaker Jr., and John A. Downing

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Our study investigated the mechanisms sustaining cyanobacteria blooms when CO2 is depleted in lake surface waters. We found that when lake CO2 concentrations drop below those of the atmosphere, cyanobacteria switch on carbon concentrating mechanisms (CCMs), allowing them to actively take up bicarbonate. This may provide bloom-forming cyanobacteria with a competitive advantage over other algae. These results provide insight into the timing and duration of blooms in high-nutrient lakes.
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