Microbial Ectoenzymes in Aquatic Environments

  • Ryszard J. Chróst
Part of the Brock/Springer Series in Contemporary Bioscience book series (BROCK/SPRINGER)


During the past decade an increasing number of ecological studies have considered the complexity of aquatic environments. One major outcome of these studies has been an accelerated interest in the role of microheterotrophs and the mode by which organic matter is made available to them. The heterotrophic microorganisms are the key level at which the metabolism of the whole ecosystem is affected, i.e., nutrient cycling, organic matter transformation and mineralization, and energy flow. The measurement of microbial activity in natural waters is very important for understanding the dynamic aspects of the functioning of the whole ecosystem.


Aquatic Environment Lake Water Alkaline Phosphatase Activity Cytoplasmic Membrane Natural Substrate 
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