TitleExtracellular phosphatase activity of freshwater phytoplankton exposed to different in situ phosphorus concentrations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsStrojsova, A, Vrba, J, Nedoma, J, Šimek, K
JournalMarine and Freshwater Research

Extracellular phosphatase production and biomass change were investigated in phytoplankton species transplanted from the phosphorus-limited dam area of a eutrophic reservoir and exposed to the phosphorus-sufficient inflow part and vice versa. Extracellular phosphatase activity was studied using the enzyme-labelled fluorescence ( ELF) technique, allowing for direct microscopic detection of enzyme activity and, moreover, its quantification using image cytometry. Several phytoplankton species ( e. g. Anabaena planctonica, Microcystis aeruginosa, Fragilaria crotonensis, Ankyra ancora and Planktosphaeria gelatinosa) regulated phosphatase activity according to external phosphorus concentration. On the contrary, picocyanobacteria and several green algae (Coelastrum microporum, Crucigeniella sp., Pediastrum tetras, and Staurastrum planctonicum) did not produce extracellular phosphatases at all. The species-specific extracellular phosphatase activity of F. crotonensis, A. ancora, and P. gelatinosa ranged between 0.02 and 3.5 fmol mu m(-2) h(-1).