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Effects of Substrate Biodegradability on the Mass and Activity of the Associated Estuarine Microbiota †
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Multiple biochemical assays of microbial mass and activities were applied to the estuarine detrital microbiota colonizing morphologically similar polyvinyl chloride needles and needles from slash pine (Pinus elliottii). Biodegradable pine needles consistently showed 2to 10-fold higher values of extractable adenosine 5'-triphosphate, rates of oxygen utilization, activities of alkaline phosphatase and phosphodiesterase, and the mucopeptide cell wall component muramic acid than did the polyvinyldoi:10.1128/aem.35.1.179-184.1978 fatcat:k7nvzfge3zafnjsuwjaim3enn4