Microbial Ecology

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 53–62 | Cite as

Bacterial production in freshwater sediments: Cell specific versus system measures

  • Robert D. Fallon
  • Charles W. Boylen


Estimates of bacterial production based on total trichloroacetic acid (TCA)-precipitable [methyl-3H]thymidine incorporation and frequency of dividing cell (FDC) techniques were compared to sediment respiration rates in Lake George, New York. Bacterial growth rates based on thymidine incorporation ranged from 0.024 to 0.41 day−1, while rates based on FDC ranged from 1.78 to 2.48 day−1. Respiration rates ranged from 0.11 to 1.8μmol O2·hour−1·g dry weight sediment−1. Thymidine incorporation yielded production estimates which were in reasonable agreement with respiration rates. Production estimates based on FDC were 4- to 190-fold higher than those predicted from respiration rates.


Growth Rate Respiration Respiration Rate Thymidine System Measure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Fallon
    • 1
  • Charles W. Boylen
    • 2
  1. 1.CR&D DepartmentE.I. duPont de Nemours & Co.WilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biology and Rensselaer Fresh Water InstituteRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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