Marine Biology

, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp 307–315 | Cite as

Activité biologique en domaine profond: transformations biochimiquesin situ de composés organiques marqués au carbone-14 à l'interface eau-sédiment par 2000 m de profondeur dans le golfe de Gascogne

  • G. Cahet
  • M. Sibuet


In June 1983,in situ water-sediment interface experiments were conducted with the submersible “Cyana” at 2 000 m depth in the Bay of Biscay. Dissolved or particulate14C-labelled organic compound was injected into a compartment of a box-corer specifically adapted for use with the submersible. After incubation, the biochemical reactions were stopped by addition of Formalin. In the laboratory, the pathways of the labelled molecules in the various extracts were followed by means of chemical and granulometric fractionation and isolation of meiofauna. Various experiments run at 1 atm and atin situ pressures, for incubation times of between 3 and 144 h, revealedin situ biochemical transformation. After recovery of the samples, activity at 1 atm was low, with only 4% of the radioactivity being recovered in the macromolecules against 84% for thein situ experiments. These results comprise new evidence of the existence of a rapid biochemical transformation at great depth in the ocean and therefore of the activity of the microflora, microfauna and meiofauna which are living in the superficial sediment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Cahet
    • 1
  • M. Sibuet
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire AragoUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieBanyuls sur merFrance
  2. 2.Centre de BrestIFREMER (Institut Français pour l'Exploitation de la Mer)Brest CédexFrance

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