Articles | Volume 19, issue 14
Biogeosciences, 19, 3425–3444, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-3425-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 3425–3444, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-3425-2022
Research article
20 Jul 2022
Research article | 20 Jul 2022

Controls on nitrite oxidation in the upper Southern Ocean: insights from winter kinetics experiments in the Indian sector

Mhlangabezi Mdutyana et al.

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Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria in the winter Southern Ocean show a high affinity for nitrite but require a minimum (i.e., "threshold") concentration before they increase their rates of nitrite oxidation significantly. The classic Michaelis–Menten model thus cannot be used to derive the kinetic parameters, so a modified equation was employed that also yields the threshold nitrite concentration. Dissolved iron availability may play an important role in limiting nitrite oxidation.
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