Efficiency of transfer of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids versus organic carbon from producers to consumers in a eutrophic reservoir


Тип публикации: статья из журнала

Год издания: 2011

Идентификатор DOI: 10.1007/s00442-010-1843-6

Ключевые слова: PUFA, Trophic level, Production, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, carbon, fresh water, unsaturated fatty acid, biomass, eutrophic environment, fatty acid, net primary production, organic carbon, paradigm shift, reservoir, secondary production, animal, article, eutrophication, food chain, functional food, growth, development and aging, metabolism, season, Animals, Fatty Acids, Unsaturated, Seasons, Animalia

Аннотация: One of the central paradigms of ecology is that only about 10% of organic carbon production of one trophic level is incorporated into new biomass of organisms of the next trophic level. Many of energy-yielding compounds of carbon are designated as 'essential', because they cannot be synthesized de novo by consumers and must be obtaПоказать полностьюined with food, while they play important structural and regulatory functions. The question arises: are the essential compounds transferred through trophic chains with the same efficiency as bulk carbon? To answer this question, we measured gross primary production of phytoplankton and secondary production of zooplankton and content of organic carbon and essential polyunsaturated fatty acids of omega-3 family with 18-22 carbon atoms (PUFA) in the biomass of phytoplankton and zooplankton in a small eutrophic reservoir during two summers. Transfer efficiency between the two trophic levels, phytoplankton (producers) and zooplankton (consumers), was calculated as ratio of the primary production versus the secondary (zooplankton) production for both carbon and PUFA. We found that the essential PUFA were transferred from the producers to the primary consumers with about twice higher efficiency than bulk carbon. In contrast, polyunsaturated fatty acids with 16 carbon atoms, which are synthesized exclusively by phytoplankton, but are not essential for animals, had significantly lower transfer efficiency than both bulk carbon, and essential PUFA. Thus, the trophic pyramid concept, which implicitly implies that all the energy-yielding compounds of carbon are transferred from one trophic level to the next with the same efficiency of about on average 10%, should be specified for different carbon compounds.

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Выпуск журнала: Vol. 165, Is. 2

Номера страниц: 521-531

ISSN журнала: 00298549

Место издания: NEW YORK

Издатель: SPRINGER