, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 3–12 | Cite as

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

  • T. L. Bott
  • J. T. Brock
  • C. E. Cushing
  • S. V. Gregory
  • D. King
  • R. C. Petersen


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 productivity Community respiration Methods Streams 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. L. Bott
    • 1
  • J. T. Brock
    • 2
  • C. E. Cushing
    • 3
  • S. V. Gregory
    • 4
  • D. King
    • 5
  • R. C. Petersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Stroud Water Research Center of the Academy of Natural Sciences of PhiladelphiaR. AvondalePennsylvania
  2. 2.Department of BiologyIdaho State UniversityPocatelloIdaho
  3. 3.Battele-Pacific Northwest LaboratoriesRichland
  4. 4.Department of Fisheries and WildlifeOregon State UniversityCorvallis
  5. 5.Kellog Biological StationMichigan State UniversityHickory Corners

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