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Primary Productivity of Phytoplankton

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Although appreciable quantities of organic matter synthesized by terrestrial plants within the drainage basin can be transported to freshwater ecosystems in either dissolved or particulate forms (allochthonous primary productivity), much of the organic matter of lakes is produced within the lake by phytoplanktonic algae, by littoral macrophytic vegetation, and by sessile algae (autochthonous primary productivity). In situ rates of photosynthesis by phytoplankton are the subject of this exercise; those of other plant forms will be treated separately in Exercise 22.

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Wetzel, R.G., Likens, G.E. (1991). Primary Productivity of Phytoplankton. In: Limnological Analyses. Springer, New York, NY.

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