, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 3–12

A comparison of methods for measuring primary productivity and community respiration in streams


  • T. L. Bott
    • Stroud Water Research Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
  • J. T. Brock
    • Department of BiologyIdaho State University
  • C. E. Cushing
    • Battele-Pacific Northwest Laboratories
  • S. V. Gregory
    • Department of Fisheries and WildlifeOregon State University
  • D. King
    • Kellog Biological StationMichigan State University
  • R. C. Petersen
    • Stroud Water Research Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

DOI: 10.1007/BF00018681

Cite this article as:
Bott, T.L., Brock, J.T., Cushing, C.E. et al. Hydrobiologia (1978) 60: 3. doi:10.1007/BF00018681


Carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange procedures for measuring community metabolism (two open stream methods and three chamber methods) were compared on the same reach of a third-order stream. Open stream methods were complicated by high diffusion rates and yielded net community primary productivity estimates lower than those obtained with chamber methods. Chamber methods yielded variable productivity and respiration data. However, when normalized for chlorophyll a, productivity estimates from the chamber methods were within an expected range for the system. Balances of photosynthesis and respiration from the chamber methods were similar between methods and indicated that autotrophic or heterotrophic processes could dominate the system. Considerations in applying the various procedures are discussed.


Primary productivityCommunity respirationMethodsStreams

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