Andersson A, Wallberg P, Nordback J, Bergqvist PA, Selstam E
Effect of nutrient enrichment on the distribution and sedimentation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in seawater
Hydrobiologia: 1998 377:45-56
The effect of nutrient enrichment on the distribution of polychlorinated biphenyl's (PCBs) in the microbial food web and the residence time of PCBs in seawater was studied in an experimental mesocosm system. Two 5 m high temperature and light controlled mesocosm tubes (empty set = 0.5 m) were filled with seawater from the northern Baltic Sea. Inorganic phosphorus and nitrogen were added daily to one mesocosm, while the other served as a control. Experiments were conducted at 5, 10 and 20 degrees C. Three C-14-labelled PCBs of different degree of chlorination were added to subsamples of the mesocosms: 4-chlorobiphenyl (MCB), IUPAC # 3, 2,2',5,5'-tetrachlorobiphenyl (TCB), IUPAC # 52 and 2,2',4,4',5,5'-hexachlorobiphenyl (HCB) IUPAC # 153. The biomasses and growth rates of the microorganisms as well as the sedimentation rate of particulate organic material increased with nutrient enrichment. The size distribution of the microorganisms changed with nutrient status, from dominance of picoplankton ( 10 mu m) and nanoplankton (2-10 mu m) in nutrient enrichment. The specific growth rate of the bacterial community was found to be more temperature dependent than that of the phytoplankton community. The relative proportion of PCBs in the > 2 mu m fraction was observed to be in the order MCB 2 mu m and e-link to journal