BASTIDAS NAVARRO marcela Alejandra
Effect of UVR on Lake Water and Macrophyte Leachates in Shallow Andean-Patagonian Lakes: Bacterial Responses to Changes in Optical Features
BASTIDAS NAVARRO, M.; MODENUTTI, B.; BALSEIRO, E.
PHOTOCHEMISTRY AND PHOTOBIOLOGY
Año: 2009 vol. 85 p. 332 - 340
The aim of this study was to identify bacterial responses in two shallow lakes from Patagonia to ultraviolet irradiated dissolved organic matter (DOM) coming from different sources. We carried out laboratory experiments in which natural lake water and Potamogeton linguatus leachates were irradiated (UVA-340 fluorescent tubes Q Panel) or kept in darkness. Then, natural bacterial assemblages were incubated in four treatments: natural lake water, irradiated lake water, macrophyte leachate, and irradiated macrophyte leachate. We estimated bacterial abundance, composition and activity, and changes in the optical features of dissolved organic matter (DOM). Our results showed that the addition of leachates caused an increase in the DOM mean molecular size. After UV exposure, a high bacterial activity was observed in lake water treatments. On the contrary, carbon uptake by bacteria was reduced in the irradiated leachate treatment. The degree of aromatization in the leachate treatments increased and thus, may contribute to a dissolved carbon less available for bacterial activity. Regarding the bacteria assemblage we observed that ß-Proteobacteria outcompete the other groups in the leachate treatments being this group more efficient utilizing the high molecular weight DOM. These results highlight the importance of UVR interacting with different DOM sources in bacteria responses of shallow lakes.