Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 15, 733–748, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 733–748, 2018

Research article 06 Feb 2018

Research article | 06 Feb 2018

Nitrification and ammonium dynamics in Taihu Lake, China: seasonal competition for ammonium between nitrifiers and cyanobacteria

Justyna J. Hampel et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (11 Dec 2017) by Jack Middelburg
AR by Justyna Hampel on behalf of the Authors (18 Dec 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (20 Dec 2017) by Jack Middelburg
Short summary
Our paper highlights the importance of dual-nutrient management: nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) in lakes with cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms. Taihu Lake (China) experiences seasonal blooms due to increased input of N and P from field runoff. The main process investigated in our study, nitrification, is important for N removal through denitrification. We show that nitrification is less efficient during the blooms, due to competition for nutrients between N microbes and cyanobacteria.
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