||Community Photosynthesis and Respiration in Experimental Streams.
Sheldon, S. P. ;
Taylor, M. K. ;
||Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.;Environmental Research Lab.-Duluth, MN.
Biological productivity ;
Diurnal variations ;
Seasonal variations ;
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Changes in relative contribution to total stream photosynthetic and respiratory rates by various community components of an open channel stream were estimated. Rates of photosynthetic production of plankton, benthos and macrophytes (with associated epiphytes) were followed throught the growing season and compared with total estimates from a diurnal oxygen technique. Photosynthetic production by macrophytes was extremely high early in the growing season; but later declined and heterotrophic processes became predominant. In contrast, benthos production was initially low but became the primary source of photosynthesis later in the season. Plankton contributed little to stream photosynthesis and respiration.