Productivity of Florida Springs: Second semi-annual report to the Biology Division, Office of Naval Research progress from February 1, 1953 to June 30, 1953

Odum, Howard T. and Sloan, William C. and Galindo, Osilio and Parish, Bruce (1953) Productivity of Florida Springs: Second semi-annual report to the Biology Division, Office of Naval Research progress from February 1, 1953 to June 30, 1953. Gainesville, FL,, University of Florida, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology,

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Abstract

During this second six months emphasis has been laid on developing a complete understanding of the metabolism of the Silver Springs ecosystem as an example of a community apparently in a steady state. Variation in phosphates, uptake of nitrates, and importance of boron have been estimated. Fluctuation of some major elements has been estimated. Examination of stomach contents has permitted trophic classifications of dominant species and the standing crops have been estimated for these species by number and by dry weight. From these a pyramid of mass has been constructed. Special attention has been paid to bacteria using 3 methods for comparison of Silver Springs with lakes and estimation of the standing crop. The oxygen gradient method has been repeated at half hourly intervals. A carbon-dioxide gradient method has also been used to check the oxygen and to obtain a photosynthetic quotient. Black and light Bell jar experiments have been initiated to obtain checks on the other production measurement and to obtain a community respiration rate. An approximate balance has resulted from estimates of production , respiration , and downstream loss. A flow rate diagram has been constructed to clarify definitions of efficiency and their relationship to a steady state system. Mr. Sloan has statistically verified the increase of insect number and variety away from the boils and demonstrated the reliability of quantitative dipping for aquatic insects. Plans for the third half year include detained and comparative study of the dominant algae and further estimates of rates of growth of all community components. (29pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Productivity of Florida Springs: Second semi-annual report to the Biology Division, Office of Naval Research progress from February 1, 1953 to June 30, 1953
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Odum, Howard T.
Sloan, William C.
Galindo, Osilio
Parish, Bruce
Date: 1953
Publisher: University of Florida, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Silver Springs; Florida; productivity; bacteria; insects;
Subjects: Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 370
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2007 17:22
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 22:09
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/370

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