Diurnal variability in alkaline phosphatase activity and the potential role of zooplankton

Davis, C, Lohan, MC, Tuerena, R, Cerdan-Garcia, E, Woodward, EMS, Tagliabue, A and Mahaffey, C 2019 Diurnal variability in alkaline phosphatase activity and the potential role of zooplankton. Limnology and Oceanography Letters. https://doi.org/10.1002/lol2.10104

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Daily light–dark cycles drive the circadian rhythm of many ocean processes including photosynthesis, gene expression, and zooplankton diel vertical migration (DVM). In phosphate deplete surface ocean regions, microbes produce metalloenzymes, such as alkaline phosphatases (AP), to access dissolved organic phosphorus. Here, we provide novel evidence of diurnal variation in AP activity (APA) in the subtropical North Atlantic using two independent datasets, with APA being two‐ to three‐fold higher at night. We demonstrate that zooplankton are a source of AP and postulate that zooplankton DVM is a source of enhanced AP in the surface waters at night, with reduction or degradation of AP during the day. Our results challenge the current assumption that APA is linear over a 24‐h period. While future ocean scenarios predict intensification and expansion of oceanic phosphate limitation, our findings indicate a role for zooplankton in regenerating phosphate that is currently missing in conceptual and numerical models.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Biochemistry and Observations
Depositing User: Kim Hockley
Date made live: 08 May 2019 14:57
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 10:00
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/8186

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