, Volume 170, Issue 1, pp 229–244

Exchange of phosphorus across the sediment-water interface


  • Bengt Boström
    • Department of LimnologyUppsala University
  • Jens M. Andersen
    • Århus amtskommmune, Vandvaesenet
  • Siegfried Fleischer
    • Department of LimnologyLund University
  • Mats Jansson
    • Department of LimnologyUppsala University

DOI: 10.1007/BF00024907

Cite this article as:
Boström, B., Andersen, J.M., Fleischer, S. et al. Hydrobiologia (1988) 170: 229. doi:10.1007/BF00024907


In this article, principles of phosphorus retention and phosphorus release at the sediment-water interface in lakes are reviewed. New results and hypotheses are discussed in relation to older models of phosphorus exchange between sediments and water. The fractional composition of sedimentary phosphorus is discussed as a tool for interpretation of different retention mechanisms. Special emphasis is given to the impact of biological, particularly microbial, processes on phosphorus exchange across the sediment-water interface and to the significance of biologically induced CaCO3 precipitation to phosphorus retention in calcareous lakes.

Key words

phosphorussedimentsretentionreleasemicrobial processes

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