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Title (Primary) A comparison of 35S-SO42- radiotracer techniques to determine sulphate reduction rates in laminated sediments
Author Meier, J.; Voigt, A.; Babenzien, H.D.;
Journal Journal of Microbiological Methods
Year 2000
Department SEEFO;
Volume 41
Issue 1
Language englisch;
Abstract In order to find a simple and efficient method to determine sulphate reduction rates in environmental samples, we tested different 35S-SO42− radiotracer techniques. The methods varied in the application of 35S-SO42− and subsequent extraction of reduced 35S-sulphur species. Samples were either incubated as sediment slurries mixed with the radiotracer, or as undisturbed sediment cores after core injection of the radiotracer. Reduced 35S-sulphur species were retrieved passively by diffusion or actively by reflux distillation. The methods were applied to surface sediments derived from three aquatic habitats situated in Germany: (1) a tideless brackish water, (2) a mining lake and (3) a natural freshwater lake. The best possible method was expected to yield the highest sulphate reduction rates, which were reproducible with respect to magnitude and depth distribution. At the same time, we aimed to keep the disturbance of samples as well as the expenditure of labour and equipment to a minimum. For all three types of aquatic habitats, the combination of core injection followed by diffusion was the most reliable and efficient method. This combination is therefore recommended for determination of sulphate reduction rates in laminated sediments.
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Meier, J., Voigt, A., Babenzien, H.D. (2000):
A comparison of 35S-SO42- radiotracer techniques to determine sulphate reduction rates in laminated sediments
J. Microbiol. Methods 41 (1), 9 - 18