Amino Acid Flux in an Estuary

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Science  29 Mar 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3822, pp. 1463-1464
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3822.1463


Dissolved organic matter in York River estuary included 38 micrograms of free amino acids per liter. The highest concentrations were of glycine, serine, and ornithine. Of the 14 amino acids studied for uptake by planktonic bacteria, glycine, methionine, and serine had the greatest flux rates. The total amino acid flux represented from 1 to 10 percent of the daily photosynthetic carbon fixation.

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