Articles | Volume 15, issue 23
Biogeosciences, 15, 7141–7154, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-7141-2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 7141–7154, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-7141-2018

Research article 30 Nov 2018

Research article | 30 Nov 2018

Filtration artefacts in bacterial community composition can affect the outcome of dissolved organic matter biolability assays

Joshua F. Dean et al.

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Lakes, rivers, ponds and streams are significant contributors of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This is partly due to the decomposition of plant and soil organic matter transported through these aquatic systems by microbial communities. In determining how vulnerable this organic material is to decomposition during aquatic transport, we show that standardized treatments in experiments can affect the way microbial communities behave and potentially the experimental outcome.
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