Use of Multi-Carbon Sources by Zooplankton in an Oligotrophic Lake in the Tibetan Plateau
AbstractWe applied natural abundance stable isotope δ13C and radiocarbon ∆14C analyses to investigate trophic linkages between zooplankton and their potential food sources (phytoplankton, submersed plants, and allochthonous organic carbon) in Lake Nam Co, one of the largest oligosaline and oligotrophic lakes in the Tibetan Plateau, in south-west China. The δ13C and ∆14C levels of the calanoid copepod Arctodiaptomus altissimus pectinatus indicate that it uses different carbon sources. Thus, based on a two-isotope mixing model, our results suggested that recently synthesized but 14C-depleted primary producers (phytoplankton and submersed plants) were the most important sources of carbon, together contributing 92.2% of the zooplankton biomass. Allochthonous organic carbon and dissolved organic carbon constituted 4.7% and 3.1% of the carbon in the diet of zooplankton, respectively. Our findings from Lake Nam Co suggest that the carbon in the food webs of lakes located in a glaciated environment originates from various sources of different ages. View Full-Text
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Hu, E.; He, H.; Su, Y.; Jeppesen, E.; Liu, Z. Use of Multi-Carbon Sources by Zooplankton in an Oligotrophic Lake in the Tibetan Plateau. Water 2016, 8, 565.
Hu E, He H, Su Y, Jeppesen E, Liu Z. Use of Multi-Carbon Sources by Zooplankton in an Oligotrophic Lake in the Tibetan Plateau. Water. 2016; 8(12):565.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hu, En; He, Hu; Su, Yaling; Jeppesen, Erik; Liu, Zhengwen. 2016. "Use of Multi-Carbon Sources by Zooplankton in an Oligotrophic Lake in the Tibetan Plateau." Water 8, no. 12: 565.
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