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  1. Defining Chlorophyll-a Reference Conditions in European Lakes

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    Alves, Maria Helena; Argillier, Christine; van den Berg, Marcel; Buzzi, Fabio; Hoehn, Eberhard; de Hoyos, Caridad; Karottki, Ivan; Laplace-Treyture, Christophe; Solheim, Anne Lyche; Ortiz-Casas, José; Ott, Ingmar; Phillips, Geoff; Pilke, Ansa; Pádua, João; Remec-Rekar, Spela; Riedmüller, Ursula; Schaumburg, Jochen; Serrano, Maria Luisa; Soszka, Hanna; Tierney, Deirdre; Urbanič, Gorazd; Wolfram, Georg

    2010-01-01

    The concept of “reference conditions” describes the benchmark against which current conditions are compared when assessing the status of water bodies. In this paper we focus on the establishment of reference conditions for European lakes according to a phytoplankton biomass indicator—the concentration of chlorophyll-a. A mostly spatial approach (selection of existing lakes with no or minor human impact) was used to set the reference conditions for chlorophyll-a values, supplemented by historical data, paleolimnological investigations and modelling. The work resulted in definition of reference conditions and the boundary between “high” and “good” status for 15 main lake types and five ecoregions of Europe: Alpine, Atlantic, Central/Baltic, Mediterranean, and Northern. Additionally, empirical models were developed for estimating site-specific reference chlorophyll-a concentrations from a set of potential predictor variables. The results were recently formulated into the EU legislation, marking the first attempt in international water policy to move from chemical quality standards to ecological quality targets. PMID:20401659

  2. The celestial reference frame defined by VLBI

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    Ma, C.; Shaffer, D. B.

    1988-01-01

    VLBI currently produces the most accurate positions of celestial objects. From 1979 to 1987, 114 extragalactic radio sources have been observed with dual-frequency Mark III VLBI as part of the NASA Crustal Dynamics Project and the NGS POLARIS/IRIS program. The formal statistical errors of conventional celestial coordinates are as small as 0.3 milliarcseconds. The fundamental quantity measured by VLBI is the arc length between radio sources. Thus, it is suggested that VLBI be used to establish a coordinate reference frame based solely on radio positions, and that this system not necessarily be coupled to right ascension and declination.

  3. Indicators: Chlorophyll a

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    Chlorophyll allows plants (including algae) to photosynthesize, i.e., use sunlight to convert simple molecules into organic compounds. Chlorophyll a is the predominant type of chlorophyll found in green plants and algae.

  4. Marine chlorophyll a analysis

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    Johnson, R. W.

    1979-01-01

    Quantitative distribution maps of chlorophyll a and other important environmental parameters of coastal zones are prepared by regression analysis of sea-truth data and data collected by aircraft multispectral scanners.

  5. Approaches to defining reference regimes for river restoration planning

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    Beechie, T. J.

    2014-12-01

    Reference conditions or reference regimes can be defined using three general approaches, historical analysis, contemporary reference sites, and theoretical or empirical models. For large features (e.g., floodplain channels and ponds) historical data and maps are generally reliable. For smaller features (e.g., pools and riffles in small tributaries), field data from contemporary reference sites are a reasonable surrogate for historical data. Models are generally used for features that have no historical information or present day reference sites (e.g., beaver pond habitat). Each of these approaches contributes to a watershed-wide understanding of current biophysical conditions relative to potential conditions, which helps create not only a guiding vision for restoration, but also helps quantify and locate the largest or most important restoration opportunities. Common uses of geomorphic and biological reference conditions include identifying key areas for habitat protection or restoration, and informing the choice of restoration targets. Examples of use of each of these three approaches to define reference regimes in western USA illustrate how historical information and current research highlight key restoration opportunities, focus restoration effort in areas that can produce the largest ecological benefit, and contribute to estimating restoration potential and assessing likelihood of achieving restoration goals.

  6. Choice of Reference Serum Creatinine in Defining AKI

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    Siew, Edward D.; Matheny, Michael E.

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims The study of acute kidney injury (AKI) has expanded with the increasing availability of electronic health records and the use of standardized definitions. Understanding the impact of AKI between settings is limited by heterogeneity in the selection of reference creatinine to anchor the definition of AKI. In this mini-review, we discuss different approaches used to select reference creatinine and their relative merits and limitations. Methods We reviewed the literature to obtain representative examples of published baseline creatinine definitions when pre-hospital data were not available, as well as literature evaluating estimation of baseline renal function, using Pubmed and reference back-tracing within known works. Results 1) Prehospital creatinine values are useful in determining reference creatinine, and in high-risk populations, the mean outpatient serum creatinine value 7-365 days before hospitalization closely approximates nephrology adjudication, 2) in patients without pre-hospital data, the eGFR 75 approach does not reliably estimate true AKI incidence in most at-risk populations 3) using the lowest inpatient serum creatinine may be reasonable, especially in those with preserved kidney function, but may generously estimate AKI incidence and severity and miss community-acquired AKI that does not fully resolve, 4) using more specific definitions of AKI (e.g. KIDGO Stage 2 and 3) may help to reduce the effects of misclassification when using surrogate values, and 5) leveraging available clinical data may help refine the estimate of reference creatinine. Conclusions Choosing reference creatinine for AKI calculation is important for AKI classification and study interpretation. We recommend obtaining data on pre-hospital kidney function, wherever possible. In studies where surrogate estimates are used, transparency in how they are applied and discussion that informs the reader of potential biases should be provided. Further work to refine the

  7. Identification of the 7-Hydroxymethyl Chlorophyll a Reductase of the Chlorophyll Cycle in Arabidopsis[W

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    Meguro, Miki; Ito, Hisashi; Takabayashi, Atsushi; Tanaka, Ryouichi; Tanaka, Ayumi

    2011-01-01

    The interconversion of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b, referred to as the chlorophyll cycle, plays a crucial role in the processes of greening, acclimation to light intensity, and senescence. The chlorophyll cycle consists of three reactions: the conversions of chlorophyll a to chlorophyll b by chlorophyllide a oxygenase, chlorophyll b to 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a by chlorophyll b reductase, and 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a to chlorophyll a by 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase. We identified 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase, which is the last remaining unidentified enzyme of the chlorophyll cycle, from Arabidopsis thaliana by genetic and biochemical methods. Recombinant 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase converted 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a to chlorophyll a using ferredoxin. Both sequence and biochemical analyses showed that 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase contains flavin adenine dinucleotide and an iron-sulfur center. In addition, a phylogenetic analysis elucidated the evolution of 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase from divinyl chlorophyllide vinyl reductase. A mutant lacking 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase was found to accumulate 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a and pheophorbide a. Furthermore, this accumulation of pheophorbide a in the mutant was rescued by the inactivation of the chlorophyll b reductase gene. The downregulation of pheophorbide a oxygenase activity is discussed in relation to 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a accumulation. PMID:21934147

  8. Defining Reference Conditions for Assessing Biophysical Status of Rivers

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    Buffington, J. M.; Dietrich, W. E.; Moir, H. J.; Beechie, T. J.; Soulsby, C.; Sear, D. A.

    2008-12-01

    As part of environmental legislation, land managers in the United States and Europe are charged with maintaining and restoring the biophysical condition of rivers. In order to do this, reference conditions for the natural state of the river and its intrinsic potential must be established to assess current biophysical status and to set targets for desired future conditions. Three primary methods exist for determining reference conditions: historical reconstruction; use of analogue sites (paired basins); and theoretical prediction (e.g., Dietrich et al.'s (1996) analytical reference state). We show examples of each of these methods and discuss their pros and cons for use by land managers. Where possible, we recommend that each of these methods should be used in basin assessments and the development of land management plans, since they may provide different types of information, or may provide complimentary lines of evidence that could strengthen management decisions. A challenge is integrating these different approaches into management plans. We also emphasize that reference conditions are not single-value static states, but are dynamic conditions with a range of variability that depends on both the local physiography and site location within a river network. Hence, successful management strategies must consider the spatiotemporal variability of biophysical processes to understand both the current status and the potential response to natural and anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., climate change, wildfire, species invasion, water regulation, channelization, timber harvest).

  9. [Fluorescence characteristics of different chlorophyll a concentration in Lake Taihu].

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    Li, Li; Yin, Qiu; Gong, Cai-Lan; Xu, Hua; Chen, Li-Xiong

    2011-01-01

    The spectral reflectance and water qualities of 27 stations were acquired in the lake Taihu during the months from May to August, 2008 when blue algal bloomed. Based on the fluorescence characteristics analysis of different chlorophyll a concentration, it was obvious that the position and height of fluorescence peak both have a positive correlation with chlorophyll a concentration, and the correlation coefficients between chlorophyll a concentration and position and half width of fluorescence peak are larger than those of the reference baseline and the normalized height of fluorescence. Estimating of chlorophyll a concentration in case 2 water using fluorescence characteristics is obviously better than the empirical algorithm based on blue to green ratio. Moreover, the common algorithm based on near infrared band to red band ratio is essentially consistent with the normalized height method.

  10. Application of the Stockholm Hierarchy to Defining the Quality of Reference Intervals and Clinical Decision Limits

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    Sikaris, Ken

    2012-01-01

    The Stockholm Hierarchy is a professional consensus created to define the preferred approaches to defining analytical quality. The quality of a laboratory measurement can also be classified by the quality of the limits that the value is compared with, namely reference interval limits and clinical decision limits. At the highest level in the hierarchy would be placed clinical decision limits based on clinical outcome studies. The second level would include both formal reference interval studies (studies of intra and inter-individual variations) and clinical decision limits based on clinician survey. While these approaches are commonly used, they require a lot of resources to define accurately. Placing laboratory experts on the third level would suggest that although they can also define reference intervals by consensus, theirs aren’t as well regarded as clinician defined limits which drive clinical behaviour. Ideally both analytical and clinical considerations should be made, with clinicians and laboratorians both having important information to consider. The fourth level of reference intervals would be for those defined by survey or by regulatory authorities because of the focus on what is commonly achieved rather than what is necessarily correct. Finally, laboratorians know that adopting reference limits from kit inserts or textbook publications is problematic because both methodological issues and reference populations are often not the same as their own. This approach would rank fifth and last. When considering which so called ‘common’ or ‘harmonised reference intervals’ to adopt, both these characteristics and the quality of individual studies need to be assessed. Finally, we should also be aware that reference intervals describe health and physiology while clinical decision limits focus on disease and pathology, and unless we understand and consider the two corresponding issues of test specificity and test sensitivity, we cannot assure the quality of

  11. Defining laboratory reference values and decision limits: populations, intervals, and interpretations.

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    Boyd, James C

    2010-01-01

    This article provides a brief overview of various approaches that may be utilized for the analysis of human semen test results. Reference intervals are the most widely used tool for the interpretation of clinical laboratory results. Reference interval development has classically relied on concepts elaborated by the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry Expert Panel on Reference Values during the 1980s. These guidelines involve obtaining and classifying samples from a healthy population of at least 120 individuals and then identifying the outermost 5% of observations to use in defining limits for two-sided or one-sided reference intervals. More recently, decision limits based on epidemiological outcome analysis have also been introduced to aid in test interpretation. The reference population must be carefully defined on the basis of the intended clinical use of the underlying test. To determine appropriate reference intervals for use in male fertility assessment, a reference population of men with documented time to pregnancy of < 12 months would be most suitable. However, for epidemiological assessment of semen testing results, a reference population made up of unselected healthy men would be preferred. Although reference and decision limits derived for individual semen analysis test results will undoubtedly be the interpretational tools of choice in the near future, in the long term, multivariate methods for the interpretation of semen analysis alone or in combination with information from the female partner seem to represent better means for assessing the likelihood of achieving a successful pregnancy in a subfertile couple.

  12. Defining laboratory reference values and decision limits: populations, intervals, and interpretations

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    Boyd, James C.

    2010-01-01

    This article provides a brief overview of various approaches that may be utilized for the analysis of human semen test results. Reference intervals are the most widely used tool for the interpretation of clinical laboratory results. Reference interval development has classically relied on concepts elaborated by the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry Expert Panel on Reference Values during the 1980s. These guidelines involve obtaining and classifying samples from a healthy population of at least 120 individuals and then identifying the outermost 5% of observations to use in defining limits for two-sided or one-sided reference intervals. More recently, decision limits based on epidemiological outcome analysis have also been introduced to aid in test interpretation. The reference population must be carefully defined on the basis of the intended clinical use of the underlying test. To determine appropriate reference intervals for use in male fertility assessment, a reference population of men with documented time to pregnancy of < 12 months would be most suitable. However, for epidemiological assessment of semen testing results, a reference population made up of unselected healthy men would be preferred. Although reference and decision limits derived for individual semen analysis test results will undoubtedly be the interpretational tools of choice in the near future, in the long term, multivariate methods for the interpretation of semen analysis alone or in combination with information from the female partner seem to represent better means for assessing the likelihood of achieving a successful pregnancy in a subfertile couple. PMID:20111086

  13. Sites of overt and covert attention define simultaneous spatial reference centers for visuomotor response.

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    Zhou, Yang; Liang, Lixin; Pan, Yujun; Qian, Ning; Zhang, Mingsha

    2017-04-21

    The site of overt attention (fixation point) defines a spatial reference center that affects visuomotor response as indicated by the stimulus-response-compatibility (SRC) effect: When subjects press, e.g., a left key to report stimuli, their reaction time is shorter when stimuli appear to the left than to the right of the fixation. Covert attention to a peripheral site appears to define a similar reference center but previous studies did not control for confounding spatiotemporal factors or investigate the relationship between overt- and covert-attention-defined centers. Using an eye tracker to monitor fixation, we found an SRC effect relative to the site of covert attention induced by a flashed cue dot, and a concurrent reduction, but not elimination, of the overt-attention SRC effect. The two SRC effects jointly determined the overall motor reaction time. Since trials with different cue locations were randomly interleaved, the integration of the two reference centers must be updated online. When the cue was invalid and diminished covert attention, the covert-attention SRC effect disappeared and the overt-attention SRC effect retained full strength, excluding non-attention-based interpretations. We conclude that both covert- and overt-attention sites define visual reference centers that simultaneously contribute to motor response.

  14. Defining Top-of-Atmosphere Flux Reference Level for Earth Radiation Budget Studies

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    Loeb, N. G.; Kato, S.; Wielicki, B. A.

    2002-01-01

    To estimate the earth's radiation budget at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) from satellite-measured radiances, it is necessary to account for the finite geometry of the earth and recognize that the earth is a solid body surrounded by a translucent atmosphere of finite thickness that attenuates solar radiation differently at different heights. As a result, in order to account for all of the reflected solar and emitted thermal radiation from the planet by direct integration of satellite-measured radiances, the measurement viewing geometry must be defined at a reference level well above the earth s surface (e.g., 100 km). This ensures that all radiation contributions, including radiation escaping the planet along slant paths above the earth s tangent point, are accounted for. By using a field-of- view (FOV) reference level that is too low (such as the surface reference level), TOA fluxes for most scene types are systematically underestimated by 1-2 W/sq m. In addition, since TOA flux represents a flow of radiant energy per unit area, and varies with distance from the earth according to the inverse-square law, a reference level is also needed to define satellite-based TOA fluxes. From theoretical radiative transfer calculations using a model that accounts for spherical geometry, the optimal reference level for defining TOA fluxes in radiation budget studies for the earth is estimated to be approximately 20 km. At this reference level, there is no need to explicitly account for horizontal transmission of solar radiation through the atmosphere in the earth radiation budget calculation. In this context, therefore, the 20-km reference level corresponds to the effective radiative top of atmosphere for the planet. Although the optimal flux reference level depends slightly on scene type due to differences in effective transmission of solar radiation with cloud height, the difference in flux caused by neglecting the scene-type dependence is less than 0.1%. If an inappropriate

  15. Defining Top-of-Atmosphere Flux Reference Level for Earth Radiation Budget Studies

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    Loeb, N. G.; Kato, S.; Wielicki, B. A.

    2002-01-01

    To estimate the earth's radiation budget at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) from satellite-measured radiances, it is necessary to account for the finite geometry of the earth and recognize that the earth is a solid body surrounded by a translucent atmosphere of finite thickness that attenuates solar radiation differently at different heights. As a result, in order to account for all of the reflected solar and emitted thermal radiation from the planet by direct integration of satellite-measured radiances, the measurement viewing geometry must be defined at a reference level well above the earth s surface (e.g., 100 km). This ensures that all radiation contributions, including radiation escaping the planet along slant paths above the earth s tangent point, are accounted for. By using a field-of- view (FOV) reference level that is too low (such as the surface reference level), TOA fluxes for most scene types are systematically underestimated by 1-2 W/sq m. In addition, since TOA flux represents a flow of radiant energy per unit area, and varies with distance from the earth according to the inverse-square law, a reference level is also needed to define satellite-based TOA fluxes. From theoretical radiative transfer calculations using a model that accounts for spherical geometry, the optimal reference level for defining TOA fluxes in radiation budget studies for the earth is estimated to be approximately 20 km. At this reference level, there is no need to explicitly account for horizontal transmission of solar radiation through the atmosphere in the earth radiation budget calculation. In this context, therefore, the 20-km reference level corresponds to the effective radiative top of atmosphere for the planet. Although the optimal flux reference level depends slightly on scene type due to differences in effective transmission of solar radiation with cloud height, the difference in flux caused by neglecting the scene-type dependence is less than 0.1%. If an inappropriate

  16. Hematological and biochemical parameters in apparently healthy Indian population: defining reference intervals.

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    Sairam, Shrilekha; Domalapalli, Suhasini; Muthu, Sundaram; Swaminathan, Jayanthi; Ramesh, Vivek A; Sekhar, Lalitha; Pandeya, Palak; Balasubramaniam, Udhaya

    2014-07-01

    Clinical reference intervals among Indian population are poorly defined. Therefore, there is an urgent need to establish local clinical laboratory reference intervals for healthy Indian population. The present study aimed to identify the 95 % reference interval for hematological and biochemical parameters in apparently healthy Indian population. We undertook a multicentric cross-sectional study conducted at Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation across India. Of which 10,665 reference individuals identified as healthy by physicians. The 95 % of the reference distribution was estimated using 2.5th and 97.5th percentile reference limits. The 95 % reference intervals for hemoglobin (Males: 12.3-17 g/dL; Females: 9.9-14.3 g/dL), platelet count (Males: 1.3-3.8; Females: 1.3-4.2 Lakhs/µL), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (Males: 2-22; Females: 4-55 mm/h), serum uric acid in males: 3.5-8.2 mg/dL, gamma glutamyl transferase (Males: 13-61 U/L), fasting blood glucose (Males: 78-110 mg/dL), total cholesterol (Males: 115-254 mg/dL), low density lipoprotein (Males: 60-176 mg/dL) and triglycerides (Males: 55-267 mg/dL, Females: 52-207 mg/dL) were different from currently used reference values. Additionally need for gender based partitioning were observed for triglycerides and gamma glutamyl transferase. The observed findings are of clinical significance and it needs to be validated with additional community based studies.

  17. A Large-Scale, Multiagency Approach to Defining a Reference Network for Pacific Northwest Streams

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    Miller, Stephanie; Eldred, Peter; Muldoon, Ariel; Anlauf-Dunn, Kara; Stein, Charlie; Hubler, Shannon; Merrick, Lesley; Haxton, Nick; Larson, Chad; Rehn, Andrew; Ode, Peter; Vander Laan, Jake

    2016-12-01

    Aquatic monitoring programs vary widely in objectives and design. However, each program faces the unifying challenge of assessing conditions and quantifying reasonable expectations for measured indicators. A common approach for setting resource expectations is to define reference conditions that represent areas of least human disturbance or most natural state of a resource characterized by the range of natural variability across a region of interest. Identification of reference sites often relies heavily on professional judgment, resulting in varying and unrepeatable methods. Standardized methods for data collection, site characterization, and reference site selection facilitate greater cooperation among assessment programs and development of assessment tools that are readily shareable and comparable. We illustrate an example that can serve the broader global monitoring community on how to create a consistent and transparent reference network for multiple stream resource agencies. We provide a case study that offers a simple example of how reference sites can be used, at the landscape level, to link upslope management practices to a specific in-channel response. We found management practices, particularly areas with high road densities, have more fine sediments than areas with fewer roads. While this example uses data from only one of the partner agencies, if data were collected in a similar manner they can be combined and create a larger, more robust dataset. We hope that this starts a dialog regarding more standardized ways through inter-agency collaborations to evaluate data. Creating more consistency in physical and biological field protocols will increase the ability to share data.

  18. Defining biophysical reference conditions for dynamics river systems: an Alaskan example

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    Pess, G. R.

    2008-12-01

    Defining reference conditions for dynamic river ecosystems is difficult for two reasons. First long-term, persistent anthropogenic influences such as land development, harvest of biological resources, and invasive species have resulted in degraded, reduced, and simplified ecological communities and associated habitats. Second, river systems that have not been altered through human disturbance rarely have a long-term dataset on ecological conditions. However there are exceptions which can help us define the dynamic nature of river ecosystems. One large-scale exception is the Wood River system in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where habitat and salmon populations have not been altered by anthropogenic influences such as land development, hatchery production, and invasive species. In addition, the one major anthropogenic disturbance, salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) harvest, has been quantified and regulated since its inception. First, we examined the variation in watershed and stream habitat characteristics across the Wood River system. We then compared these stream habitat characteristics with data that was collected in the 1950s. Lastly, we examined the correlation between pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), chum (O. keta), and Chinook (O. tshawytscha), and sockeye salmon (O. nerka), and habitat characteristics in the Wood River system using four decades of data on salmon. We found that specific habitat attributes such as stream channel wetted width, depth, cover type, and the proportion of spawnable area were similar to data collected in the 1950s. Greater stream habitat variation occurred among streams than over time. Salmon occurrence and abundance, however was more temporal and spatially variable. The occurrence of pink and chum salmon increased from the 1970's to the present in the Wood River system, while sockeye abundance has fluctuated with changes in ocean conditions. Pink, Chinook and chum salmon ranged from non-existent to episodic to abundantly perennial, while sockeye

  19. The use of fossil benthic foraminifera to define reference conditions for present-day marine waters

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    Bouchet, V. M. P.; Hess, S.; Dolven, J. K.; Alve, E.

    2012-04-01

    The implementation of legislations is generating a fruitful debate amongst marine scientists about how to define efficient and reliable bio-assessment tools to monitor the ecological quality status (EcoQS) of marine waters. According to those legislations, EcoQS assessment needs a "reference condition" with which to compare the present-day condition at a site. The fossil record has a potential to reconstruct PaleoEcoQS and thereby establish in situ reference conditions from pre-impact times. Unlike most macrofaunal groups which are the most commonly used biological quality indicator in these environments, benthic foraminifera leave a fossil record and therefore allow the reconstruction of human-induced environmental disturbance over decades to centuries. Foraminifera have the potential to serve as ecosystem characterization tools in modern and past marine environments. We compared the response of benthic foraminifera, macrofauna and selected environmental parameters from the same sites in areas with relatively stable salinity and temperature conditions but otherwise contrasting environmental properties (e.g., varying degree of anthropogenic impact). In August 2008, replicate samples for living (stained) benthic foraminifera and macrofauna from 27 stations in 11 silled fjords along the Norwegian Skagerrak coast were examined. Environmental data (bottom-water dissolved-oxygen, TOC, TN and pigments) were analysed for each station. The same kind of data were analysed from 2 recolonisation sites in the inner Oslofjord. In addition, the PaleoEcoQS during the past century was reconstructed using benthic foraminifera and selected environmental parameters from 11 stations in the inner Oslofjord. Results show that living benthic foraminifera are at least as reliable to define present-day EcoQS as conventional methods. Fossil benthic foraminifera can also define ecological status of reference conditions from pre-impacted times. This is not possible using conventional methods

  20. A generalized complementary relationship between actual and potential evaporation defined by a reference surface temperature

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    Aminzadeh, Milad; Roderick, Michael L.; Or, Dani

    2016-01-01

    The definition of potential evaporation remains widely debated despite its centrality for hydrologic and climatic models. We employed an analytical pore-scale representation of evaporation from terrestrial surfaces to define potential evaporation using a hypothetical steady state reference temperature that is common to both air and evaporating surface. The feedback between drying land surfaces and overlaying air properties, central in the Bouchet (1963) complementary relationship, is implicitly incorporated in the hypothetical steady state where the sensible heat flux vanishes and the available energy is consumed by evaporation. Evaporation rates predicted based on the steady state reference temperature hypothesis were in good agreement with class A pan evaporation measurements suggesting that evaporation from pans occurs with negligible sensible heat flux. The model facilitates a new generalization of the asymmetric complementary relationship with the asymmetry parameter b analytically predicted for a wide range of meteorological conditions with initial tests yielding good agreement between measured and predicted actual evaporation.

  1. Analytical performance, reference values and decision limits. A need to differentiate between reference intervals and decision limits and to define analytical quality specifications.

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    Petersen, Per Hyltoft; Jensen, Esther A; Brandslund, Ivan

    2011-12-23

    With the increasing use of decision limits (action limits, cut-off points) specified for a number of analytical components in diagnosis and for action in critical situations, formulated in national or international recommendations, the traditional interpretation of reference intervals has been uncertain, and sometimes the two concepts are being mixed up by incorporating risk calculations in the reference intervals. There is, therefore, a need to clarify the two concepts and to keep them definitely separated. Reference intervals are the 95% limits for the descriptions of the distributions of the values of analytical components measured on reference samples from reference individuals. Decision limits are based on guidelines from national and international expert groups defining specific concentrations of certain components as limits for decision about diagnosis or well-defined specific actions. Analytical quality specifications for reference intervals have been defined for bias since the 1990s, but in the recommendations specified in the clinical guidelines analytical quality specifications are only scarcely defined. The demands for negligible biases are, however, even more essential for decision limits, as the choice is no longer left to the clinician, but emerge directly from the concentration. Even a small bias will change the number of diseased individuals, so the demands for negligible biases are obvious. A view over the analytical quality as published gives a variable picture of bias for many components, but with many examples of considerable bias which must be critical--yet no specifications have been stipulated until now.

  2. A Questionnaire for Screening a Broad Range of DSM-Defined Anxiety Disorder Symptoms in Clinically Referred Children and Adolescents

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    Muris, Peter; Dreessen, Laura; Bogels, Susan; Weckx, Miryam; van Melick, Marion

    2004-01-01

    Objective: To examine the reliability and validity of the 66-item Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders-Revised (SCARED-R), a questionnaire for measuring a broad range of DSM-defined anxiety disorder symptoms, in a sample of clinically referred youths. Method: The SCARED-R was administered to children/adolescents and their parents…

  3. Environmentally defined frames of reference: their time course and sensitivity to spatial cues and attention.

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    Danziger, S; Kingstone, A; Ward, R

    2001-04-01

    In a Simon task the effects of spatial cues and attention on spatial stimulus coding were explored. Participants made speeded responses corresponding to the direction of target arrows that were preceded by peripherally presented cues. Cue validity varied across experiments as did the percentage of trials on which the target appeared peripherally or centrally. The data indicate (a) that targets are coded relative to multiple reference frames, (b) that spatial coding of a target is not affected when attention is shifted to the target, and (c) that an object serves as a referent for spatial coding of other objects even after its spatial code no longer activates responses.

  4. A tropical bay as a reference area defined by multiple lines of evidences.

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    Pedreira, R M A; Barros, F; Farias, C de O; Wagener, A L; Hatje, V

    2017-08-25

    References areas are sites that have undergone little or no anthropogenic impact and therefore represent the natural state of an environment. The objective of this study was to test if the Camamu Bay (CB), Bahia, can be used as a reference area for tropical coastal environments. Trace and major elements, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and the structure of the benthic macrofauna were determined. To compare the studied sites and identify the possible occurrence of anomalous concentrations, trace elements were normalized by Al and linear regressions were also performed. For all trace elements (except Cu), regressions showed a significant correlation (p<0.05) and few outliers (<3% of cases), showing that the concentrations found represent natural values for this bay. In the case of Cu, the highest concentrations were found near small municipalities, which may be associated with domestic sewage. About 60% of the organic compounds occurred at levels below the limit of quantification (<0.26ngg(-1)). The sum of PAHs was low for all stations, ranging from 1.17 to 313ngg(-1). The benthic assemblages also indicated that the CB is a healthy, well-preserved ecosystem that deserves conservation efforts. The integrated use of geochemical and biotic data supported the use of CB as a reference area. Capsule: Organic and inorganic contaminants together with macrobenthic assemblages indicated that Camamu Bay is a pristine, tropical reference area. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Contribution to defining a geodetic reference frame for Africa (AFREF): Geodynamics implications

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    Saria, Elifuraha E.

    African Reference Frame (AFREF) is the proposed regional three-dimensional standard frame, which will be used to reference positions and velocities for geodetic sites in Africa and surrounding. This frame will play a crucial role in scientific application for example plate motion and crustal deformation studies, and also in mapping when it involves for example national boundary surveying, remote sensing, GIS, engineering projects and other development programs in Africa. To contribute to the definition of geodetic reference frame for Africa and provide the first continent-wide position/velocity solution for Africa, we processed and analyzed 16 years of GPS and 17 years of DORIS data at 133 GPS sites and 9 DORIS sites continuously operating geodetic sites in Africa and surroundings to describe the present-day kinematics of the Nubian and Somalian plates and constrain relative motions across the East African Rift. We use the resulting horizontal velocities to determine the level of rigidity of Nubia and updated a plate motion model for the East African Rift and revise the counter clockwise rotation of the Victoria plate and clockwise rotation of the Rovuma plate with respect to Nubia. The vertical velocity ranges from -2 to +2 mm/yr, close to their uncertainties with no clear geographical pattern. This study provides the first continent-wide position/velocity solution for Africa, expressed in International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF2008), a contribution to the upcoming African Reference Frame (AFREF). In the next step we used the substantial increase in the geologic, geophysical and geodetic data in Africa to improve our understanding of the rift geometry and the block kinematics of the EAR. We determined the best-fit fault structure of the rift in terms of the locking depth and dip angle and use a block modeling approach where observed velocities are described as the contribution of rigid block rotation and strain accumulation on locked faults. Our results

  6. Chlorophyll-a determination via continuous measurement of plankton fluorescence: methodology development.

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    Pinto, A M; Von Sperling, E; Moreira, R M

    2001-11-01

    A methodology is presented for the continuous measurement of chlorophyll-a concentration due to plankton, in surface water environments. A Turner 10-AU fluorometer equipped with the F4T5.B2/BP lamp (blue lamp), a Cs 5-60 equivalent excitation path filter, and a 680 nm emission filter, has been used. This configuration allows the in vivo, in situ determination of chlorophyll-a by measuring the fluorescence due to the pigments. In field work the fluorometer, data logging and positioning equipment were placed aboard a manageable boat which navigated following a scheme of regularly spaced crossings. Some water samples were collected during the measurement for laboratory chlorophyll-a measurements by the spectrophotometric method, thus providing for calibration and comparison. Spatial chlorophyll-a concentration distributions can be easily defined in large volumes, such as reservoirs, etc. Two distinct environments have been monitored: in the Vargem das Flores reservoir chlorophyll-a concentrations varied between 0.7 and 2.6 mg/m3, whereas in the Lagoa Santa lake these values lied in the 12 to 18 mg/m3 range. The simplicity, versatility and economy of the method, added to the large amount of data that can be gathered in a single run, clearly justify its use in field environmental studies.

  7. Defining Toll Fee of Wheeling Renewable with Reference to a Gas Pipeline in Indonesia

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    Hakim, Amrullah

    2017-07-01

    Indonesia has a huge number of renewable energy sources (RE) however; the utilization of these is currently very low. The main challenge of power production is its alignment with consumption levels; supply should equal demand at all times. There is a strong initiative from corporations with high energy demand, compared to other sectors, to apply a renewable portfolio standard for their energy input, e.g. 15% of their energy consumption requirement must come from a renewable energy source. To support this initiative, the utilization of power wheeling will help large factories on industrial estates to source firm and steady renewables from remote sites. The wheeling renewable via PLN’s transmission line has been regulated under the Ministry Decree in 2015 however; the tariff or toll fee has not yet been defined. The potential project to apply wheeling renewable will obtain power supply from a geothermal power plant, with power demand from the scattered factories under one company. This is the concept driving the application of power wheeling in the effort to push the growth of renewable energy in Indonesia. Given that the capacity of PLN’s transmission line are normally large and less congested compared to distribution line, the wheeling renewable can accommodate the scattered factories locations which then results in the cheaper toll fee of the wheeling renewable. Defining the best toll fee is the main topic of this paper with comparison of the toll fee of the gas pipeline infrastructure in Indonesia, so that it can be applied massively to achieve COP21’s commitment.

  8. Photoelectrochemical Behavior of Chlorophyll a in Thin Films

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    2000-01-01

    UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADPO 11829 TITLE: Photoelectrochemical Behavior of Chlorophyll a in Thin...comprise the compilation report: ADPO11800 thru ADP011832 UNCLASSIFIED PHOTOELECTROCHEMICAL BEHAVIOR OF CHLOROPHYLL a IN THIN FILMS LAURA TUGULEA Faculty of...Physics-University of Bucharest P. O.Box Mg-1, Bucharest-Magurele 76900 Romania Abstract The photoelectrochemical behavior of chlorophyll a species

  9. Methodology to define biological reference values in the environmental and occupational fields: the contribution of the Italian Society for Reference Values (SIVR).

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    Aprea, Maria Cristina; Scapellato, Maria Luisa; Valsania, Maria Carmen; Perico, Andrea; Perbellini, Luigi; Ricossa, Maria Cristina; Pradella, Marco; Negri, Sara; Iavicoli, Ivo; Lovreglio, Piero; Salamon, Fabiola; Bettinelli, Maurizio; Apostoli, Pietro

    2017-04-21

    Biological reference values (RVs) explore the relationships between humans and their environment and habits. RVs are fundamental in the environmental field for assessing illnesses possibly associated with environmental pollution, and also in the occupational field, especially in the absence of established biological or environmental limits. The Italian Society for Reference Values (SIVR) determined to test criteria and procedures for the definition of RVs to be used in the environmental and occupational fields. The paper describes the SIVR methodology for defining RVs of xenobiotics and their metabolites. Aspects regarding the choice of population sample, the quality of analytical data, statistical analysis and control of variability factors are considered. The simultaneous interlaboratory circuits involved can be expected to increasingly improve the quality of the analytical data. Examples of RVs produced by SIVR are presented. In particular, levels of chromium, mercury, ethylenethiourea, 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol, 2,5-hexanedione, 1-hydroxypyrene and t,t-muconic acid measured in urine and expressed in micrograms/g creatinine (μg/g creat) or micrograms/L (μg/L) are reported. With the proposed procedure, SIVR intends to make its activities known to the scientific community in order to increase the number of laboratories involved in the definition of RVs for the Italian population. More research is needed to obtain further RVs in different biological matrices, such as hair, nails and exhaled breath. It is also necessary to update and improve the present reference values and broaden the portfolio of chemicals for which RVs are available. In the near future, SIVR intends to expand its scientific activity by using a multivariate approach for xenobiotics that may have a common origin, and to define RVs separately for children who may be exposed more than adults and be more vulnerable.

  10. Modulated Chlorophyll "a" Fluorescence: A Tool for Teaching Photosynthesis

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    Marques da Silva, Jorge; Bernardes da Silva, Anabela; Padua, Mario

    2007-01-01

    "In vivo" chlorophyll "a" fluorescence is a key technique in photosynthesis research. The recent release of a low cost, commercial, modulated fluorometer enables this powerful technology to be used in education. Modulated chlorophyll a fluorescence measurement "in vivo" is here proposed as a tool to demonstrate basic…

  11. Modulated Chlorophyll "a" Fluorescence: A Tool for Teaching Photosynthesis

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    Marques da Silva, Jorge; Bernardes da Silva, Anabela; Padua, Mario

    2007-01-01

    "In vivo" chlorophyll "a" fluorescence is a key technique in photosynthesis research. The recent release of a low cost, commercial, modulated fluorometer enables this powerful technology to be used in education. Modulated chlorophyll a fluorescence measurement "in vivo" is here proposed as a tool to demonstrate basic…

  12. Chlorophyll a reconstruction from in situ measurements: 1. Method description

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    Fründt, B.; Dippner, J. W.; Waniek, J. J.

    2015-02-01

    Understanding the development of primary production is essential for projections of the global carbon cycle in the context of climate change. A chlorophyll a hindcast that serves as a primary production indicator was obtained by fitting in situ measurements of nitrate, chlorophyll a, and temperature. The resulting fitting functions were adapted to a modeled temperature field. The method was applied to observations from the Madeira Basin, in the northeastern part of the oligotrophic North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre and yielded a chlorophyll a field from 1989 to 2008 with a monthly resolution validated with remotely measured surface chlorophyll a data by SeaWiFS. The chlorophyll a hindcast determined with our method resolved the seasonal and interannual variability in the phytoplankton biomass of the euphotic zone as well as the deep chlorophyll maximum. Moreover, it will allow estimation of carbon uptake over long time scales.

  13. Mapping of chlorophyll a distributions in coastal zones

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    Johnson, R. W.

    1978-01-01

    It is pointed out that chlorophyll a is an important environmental parameter for monitoring water quality, nutrient loads, and pollution effects in coastal zones. High chlorophyll a concentrations occur in areas which have high nutrient inflows from sources such as sewage treatment plants and industrial wastes. Low chlorophyll a concentrations may be due to the addition of toxic substances from industrial wastes or other sources. Remote sensing provides an opportunity to assess distributions of water quality parameters, such as chlorophyll a. A description is presented of the chlorophyll a analysis and a quantitative mapping of the James River, Virginia. An approach considered by Johnson (1977) was used in the analysis. An application of the multiple regression analysis technique to a data set collected over the New York Bight, an environmentally different area of the coastal zone, is also discussed.

  14. Time-Dependent Selection of an Optimal Set of Sources to Define a Stable Celestial Reference Frame

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    Le Bail, Karine; Gordon, David

    2010-01-01

    Temporal statistical position stability is required for VLBI sources to define a stable Celestial Reference Frame (CRF) and has been studied in many recent papers. This study analyzes the sources from the latest realization of the International Celestial Reference Frame (ICRF2) with the Allan variance, in addition to taking into account the apparent linear motions of the sources. Focusing on the 295 defining sources shows how they are a good compromise of different criteria, such as statistical stability and sky distribution, as well as having a sufficient number of sources, despite the fact that the most stable sources of the entire ICRF2 are mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. Nevertheless, the selection of a stable set is not unique: studying different solutions (GSF005a and AUG24 from GSFC and OPA from the Paris Observatory) over different time periods (1989.5 to 2009.5 and 1999.5 to 2009.5) leads to selections that can differ in up to 20% of the sources. Observing, recording, and network improvement are some of the causes, showing better stability for the CRF over the last decade than the last twenty years. But this may also be explained by the assumption of stationarity that is not necessarily right for some sources.

  15. Criteria to define a more relevant reference sample of titanium dioxide in the context of food: a multiscale approach.

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    Dudefoi, William; Terrisse, Hélène; Richard-Plouet, Mireille; Gautron, Eric; Popa, Florin; Humbert, Bernard; Ropers, Marie-Hélène

    2017-05-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a transition metal oxide widely used as a white pigment in various applications, including food. Due to the classification of TiO2 nanoparticles by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as potentially harmful for humans by inhalation, the presence of nanoparticles in food products needed to be confirmed by a set of independent studies. Seven samples of food-grade TiO2 (E171) were extensively characterised for their size distribution, crystallinity and surface properties by the currently recommended methods. All investigated E171 samples contained a fraction of nanoparticles, however, below the threshold defining the labelling of nanomaterial. On the basis of these results and a statistical analysis, E171 food-grade TiO2 totally differs from the reference material P25, confirming the few published data on this kind of particle. Therefore, the reference material P25 does not appear to be the most suitable model to study the fate of food-grade TiO2 in the gastrointestinal tract. The criteria currently to obtain a representative food-grade sample of TiO2 are the following: (1) crystalline-phase anatase, (2) a powder with an isoelectric point very close to 4.1, (3) a fraction of nanoparticles comprised between 15% and 45%, and (4) a low specific surface area around 10 m(2) g(-)(1).

  16. Spectral Feature Analysis for Quantitative Estimation of Cyanobacteria Chlorophyll-A

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    Lin, Yi; Ye, Zhanglin; Zhang, Yugan; Yu, Jie

    2016-06-01

    estimation of chlorophyll-a, and more effective than the traditional single band model; the best regression models for SR, NDVI with chlorophyll-a are linear and power, respectively. Under the condition without water disturbance, the single band model works the best. For the SR index, there are two optimal band combinations, which is comprised of infrared (700nm-900nm) and blue-green range (450nm-550nm), infrared and red range (600nm-650nm) respectively, with band width between 45nm to 125nm. For NDVI, the optimal band combination includes the range from 750nm to 900nm and 700nm to 750nm, with band width less than 30nm. For single band model, band center located between 733nm-935nm, and its width mustn't exceed the interval where band center located in. This study proved , as for SR or NDVI, the centers and widths are crucial factors for quantitative estimating chlorophyll-a. As for remote sensor, proper spectrum channel could not only improve the accuracy of recognizing cyanobacteria bloom, but reduce the redundancy of hyperspectral data. Those results will provide better reference for designing the suitable spectrum channel of customized sensors for cyanobacteria bloom monitoring at a low altitude. In other words, this study is also the basic research for developing the real-time remote sensing monitoring system with high time and high spatial resolution.

  17. Modeling of estuarne chlorophyll a from an airborne scanner

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    Khorram, Siamak; Catts, Glenn P.; Cloern, James E.; Knight, Allen W.

    1987-01-01

    Near simultaneous collection of 34 surface water samples and airborne multispectral scanner data provided input for regression models developed to predict surface concentrations of estuarine chlorophyll a. Two wavelength ratios were employed in model development. The ratios werechosen to capitalize on the spectral characteristics of chlorophyll a, while minimizing atmospheric influences. Models were then applied to data previously acquired over the study area thre years earlier. Results are in the form of color-coded displays of predicted chlorophyll a concentrations and comparisons of the agreement among measured surface samples and predictions basedon coincident remotely sensed data. The influence of large variations in fresh-water inflow to the estuary are clearly apparent in the results. The synoptic view provided by remote sensing is another method of examining important estuarine dynamics difficult to observe from in situ sampling alone.

  18. Chlorophyll-a in the rivers of eastern England.

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    Neal, Colin; Hilton, John; Wade, Andrew J; Neal, Margaret; Wickham, Heather

    2006-07-15

    Chlorophyll-a concentration variations are described for two major river basins in England, the Humber and the Thames and related to catchment characteristics and nutrient concentrations across a range of rural, agricultural and urban/industrial settings. For all the rivers there are strong seasonal variations, with concentrations peaking in the spring and summer time when biological activity is at its highest. However, there are large variations in the magnitude of the seasonal effects across the rivers. For the spring-summer low-flow periods, average concentrations of chlorophyll-a correlate with soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP). Chlorophyll-a is also correlated with particulate nitrogen (PN), organic carbon (POC) and suspended sediments. However, the strongest relationships are with catchment area and flow, where two straight line relationships are observed. The results indicate the importance of residence times for determining planktonic growth within the rivers. This is also indicated by the lack of chlorophyll-a response to lowering of SRP concentrations in several of the rivers in the area due to phosphorus stripping of effluents at major sewage treatment works. A key control on chlorophyll-a concentration may be the input of canal and reservoir waters during the growing period: this too relates to issues of residence times. However, there may well be a complex series of factors influencing residence time across the catchments due to features such as inhomogeneous flow within the catchments, a fractal distribution of stream channels that leads to a distribution of residence times and differences in planktonic inoculation sources. Industrial pollution on the Aire and Calder seems to have affected the relationship of chlorophyll-a with PN and POC. The results are discussed in relation to the Water Framework Directive.

  19. Associations between chlorophyll a and various microcystin health advisory concentrations

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    Hollister, Jeffrey W.; Kreakie, Betty J.

    2016-01-01

    Cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (cHABs) are associated with a wide range of adverse health effects that stem mostly from the presence of cyanotoxins. To help protect against these impacts, several health advisory levels have been set for some toxins. In particular, one of the more common toxins, microcystin, has several advisory levels set for drinking water and recreational use. However, compared to other water quality measures, field measurements of microcystin are not commonly available due to cost and advanced understanding required to interpret results. Addressing these issues will take time and resources. Thus, there is utility in finding indicators of microcystin that are already widely available, can be estimated quickly and in situ, and used as a first defense against high levels of microcystin. Chlorophyll a is commonly measured, can be estimated in situ, and has been shown to be positively associated with microcystin. In this paper, we use this association to provide estimates of chlorophyll a concentrations that are indicative of a higher probability of exceeding select health advisory concentrations for microcystin. Using the 2007 National Lakes Assessment and a conditional probability approach, we identify chlorophyll a concentrations that are more likely than not to be associated with an exceedance of a microcystin health advisory level. We look at the recent US EPA health advisories for drinking water as well as the World Health Organization levels for drinking water and recreational use and identify a range of chlorophyll a thresholds. A 50% chance of exceeding one of the specific advisory microcystin concentrations of 0.3, 1, 1.6, and 2 μg/L is associated with chlorophyll a concentration thresholds of 23, 68, 84, and 104 μg/L, respectively. When managing for these various microcystin levels, exceeding these reported chlorophyll a concentrations should be a trigger for further testing and possible management action. PMID:27127617

  20. Associations between chlorophyll a and various microcystin health advisory concentrations.

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    Hollister, Jeffrey W; Kreakie, Betty J

    2016-01-01

    Cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (cHABs) are associated with a wide range of adverse health effects that stem mostly from the presence of cyanotoxins. To help protect against these impacts, several health advisory levels have been set for some toxins. In particular, one of the more common toxins, microcystin, has several advisory levels set for drinking water and recreational use. However, compared to other water quality measures, field measurements of microcystin are not commonly available due to cost and advanced understanding required to interpret results. Addressing these issues will take time and resources. Thus, there is utility in finding indicators of microcystin that are already widely available, can be estimated quickly and in situ, and used as a first defense against high levels of microcystin. Chlorophyll a is commonly measured, can be estimated in situ, and has been shown to be positively associated with microcystin. In this paper, we use this association to provide estimates of chlorophyll a concentrations that are indicative of a higher probability of exceeding select health advisory concentrations for microcystin. Using the 2007 National Lakes Assessment and a conditional probability approach, we identify chlorophyll a concentrations that are more likely than not to be associated with an exceedance of a microcystin health advisory level. We look at the recent US EPA health advisories for drinking water as well as the World Health Organization levels for drinking water and recreational use and identify a range of chlorophyll a thresholds. A 50% chance of exceeding one of the specific advisory microcystin concentrations of 0.3, 1, 1.6, and 2 μg/L is associated with chlorophyll a concentration thresholds of 23, 68, 84, and 104 μg/L, respectively. When managing for these various microcystin levels, exceeding these reported chlorophyll a concentrations should be a trigger for further testing and possible management action.

  1. SmartFluo: A Method and Affordable Adapter to Measure Chlorophyll a Fluorescence with Smartphones

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    Friedrichs, Anna; Busch, Julia Anke; van der Woerd, Hendrik Jan; Zielinski, Oliver

    2017-01-01

    In order to increase the monitoring capabilities of inland and coastal waters, there is a need for new, affordable, sensitive and mobile instruments that could be operated semi-automatically in the field. This paper presents a prototype device to measure chlorophyll a fluorescence: the SmartFluo. The device is a combination of a smartphone offering an intuitive operation interface and an adapter implying a cuvette holder, as well as a suitable illumination source. SmartFluo is based on stimulated fluorescence of water constituents such as chlorophyll a. The red band of the digital smartphone camera is sensitive enough to detect quantitatively the characteristic red fluorescence emission. The adapter contains a light source, a strong light emitting diode and additional filters to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio and to suppress the impact of scattering. A novel algorithm utilizing the red band of the camera is provided. Laboratory experiments of the SmartFluo show a linear correlation (R2 = 0.98) to the chlorophyll a concentrations measured by reference instruments, such as a high-performance benchtop laboratory fluorometer (LS 55, PerkinElmer). PMID:28346338

  2. SmartFluo: A Method and Affordable Adapter to Measure Chlorophyll a Fluorescence with Smartphones.

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    Friedrichs, Anna; Busch, Julia Anke; van der Woerd, Hendrik Jan; Zielinski, Oliver

    2017-03-25

    In order to increase the monitoring capabilities of inland and coastal waters, there is a need for new, affordable, sensitive and mobile instruments that could be operated semi-automatically in the field. This paper presents a prototype device to measure chlorophyll a fluorescence: the SmartFluo. The device is a combination of a smartphone offering an intuitive operation interface and an adapter implying a cuvette holder, as well as a suitable illumination source. SmartFluo is based on stimulated fluorescence of water constituents such as chlorophyll a. The red band of the digital smartphone camera is sensitive enough to detect quantitatively the characteristic red fluorescence emission. The adapter contains a light source, a strong light emitting diode and additional filters to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio and to suppress the impact of scattering. A novel algorithm utilizing the red band of the camera is provided. Laboratory experiments of the SmartFluo show a linear correlation (R 2 = 0.98) to the chlorophyll a concentrations measured by reference instruments, such as a high-performance benchtop laboratory fluorometer (LS 55, PerkinElmer).

  3. Chlorophyll a spatial inference using artificial neural network from multispectral images and in situ measurements.

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    Ferreira, Monique S; Galo, Maria De Lourdes B T

    2013-01-01

    Considering the importance of monitoring the water quality parameters, remote sensing is a practicable alternative to limnological variables detection, which interacts with electromagnetic radiation, called optically active components (OAC). Among these, the phytoplankton pigment chlorophyll a is the most representative pigment of photosynthetic activity in all classes of algae. In this sense, this work aims to develop a method of spatial inference of chlorophyll a concentration using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). To achieve this purpose, a multispectral image and fluorometric measurements were used as input data. The multispectral image was processed and the net training and validation dataset were carefully chosen. From this, the neural net architecture and its parameters were defined to model the variable of interest. In the end of training phase, the trained network was applied to the image and a qualitative analysis was done. Thus, it was noticed that the integration of fluorometric and multispectral data provided good results in the chlorophyll a inference, when combined in a structure of artificial neural networks.

  4. Distinguishing between chlorophyll-a and suspended solids in lake water using hyperspectral data

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    Atkinson, Samuel F.; Acevedo, Miguel F.; Dickson, Kenneth L.; Rolbecki, David A.

    1998-12-01

    Classifying surface water bodies according to trophic status by remote sensing techniques has had limited success in lakes with relatively high nonalgal turbidity levels. Since the trophic status of a lake is typically defined based on its chlorophyll-a concentration, and since relatively high suspended solids concentrations masks chlorophyll absorption and reflectance peaks, determining trophic status remotely is typically only partially successful. Hoer, we were interested in exploring hyperspectral data analysis for estimating trophic status. Hyperspectral data (10 nm resolution between 262 and 850 nm) of light attenuation were measured in Lake Texoma, USA) at the surface, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 meters in depth, while simultaneously analyzing the water column for chlorophyll-a and suspended solids concentration. Data were collected at five sampling stations, each representative of a major zone in the 36,000 hectare lake, approximately monthly, during 1996/97 hydrologic year. Downwelling and upwelling vertical attenuation coefficients were calculated using Bouger-Lambert's law. First and second order derivatives, as well as higher order derivatives were applied to the spectral data. The results showed a clear correlation between first order derivatives and turbidity, while the second order derivatives were correlated to chlorophyll-a concentrations.

  5. Transmit-reference methods in software defined radio platforms for communication in harsh propagation environments and systems thereof

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    Dowla, Farid U; Nekoogar, Faranak

    2015-03-03

    A method for adaptive Radio Frequency (RF) jamming according to one embodiment includes dynamically monitoring a RF spectrum; detecting any undesired signals in real time from the RF spectrum; and sending a directional countermeasure signal to jam the undesired signals. A method for adaptive Radio Frequency (RF) communications according to another embodiment includes transmitting a data pulse in a RF spectrum; and transmitting a reference pulse separated by a predetermined period of time from the data pulse; wherein the data pulse is modulated with data, wherein the reference pulse is unmodulated. A method for adaptive Radio Frequency (RF) communications according to yet another embodiment includes receiving a data pulse in a RF spectrum; and receiving a reference pulse separated in time from the data pulse, wherein the data pulse is modulated with data, wherein the reference pulse is unmodulated; and demodulating the pulses.

  6. Transmit-reference methods in software defined radio platforms for communication in harsh propagation environments and systems thereof

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    Dowla, Farid; Nekoogar, Faranak

    2017-01-03

    A method for adaptive Radio Frequency (RF) jamming according to one embodiment includes dynamically monitoring a RF spectrum; detecting any undesired signals in real time from the RF spectrum; and sending a directional countermeasure signal to jam the undesired signals. A method for adaptive Radio Frequency (RF) communications according to another embodiment includes transmitting a data pulse in a RF spectrum; and transmitting a reference pulse separated by a predetermined period of time from the data pulse; wherein the data pulse is modulated with data, wherein the reference pulse is unmodulated. A method for adaptive Radio Frequency (RF) communications according to yet another embodiment includes receiving a data pulse in a RF spectrum; and receiving a reference pulse separated in time from the data pulse, wherein the data pulse is modulated with data, wherein the reference pulse is unmodulated; and demodulating the pulses.

  7. The pi-Cation Radical of Chlorophyll a.

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    Borg, D C; Fajer, J; Felton, R H; Dolphin, D

    1970-10-01

    Chlorophyll a undergoes reversible one-electron oxidation in dichloromethane and butyronitrile. Removal of the electron by controlled potential electrolysis or by stoichiometric charge transfer to a known cation radical yields a radical (epr line width = 9 gauss, g = 2.0025 +/- 0.0001) whose optical spectrum is bleached relative to that of chlorophyll. Upon electrophoresis this bleached species behaves as a cation. By comparison with the known properties of pi-cation radicals of porphyrins and chlorins, the chlorophyll radical is also identified as a pi-cation. Further correlation of optical and epr properties with published studies on photosynthesis leads to the conclusion that oxidized P700, the first photochemical product of photosystem I in green plants, contains a pi-cation radical of the chlorin component of chlorophyll a. This radical is the likely source of the rapidly-decaying, narrow epr signal of photosynthesis.

  8. Defining Family Health Needs, Standards of Care and Priorities with Particular Reference to Family Planning. Occasional Essay Number 4.

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    Sai, Fred T.

    This essay discusses family health needs in the developing world, their priorities, and the standards of health required, with particular reference to family planning. The author takes into account medical, social, and economic factors that influence those concerns. Some of the material presented in this essay first appeared in other international…

  9. Relations between water physico-chemistry and benthic algal communities in a northern Canadian watershed: defining reference conditions using multiple descriptors of community structure.

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    Thomas, Kathryn E; Hall, Roland I; Scrimgeour, Garry J

    2015-09-01

    Defining reference conditions is central to identifying environmental effects of anthropogenic activities. Using a watershed approach, we quantified reference conditions for benthic algal communities and their relations to physico-chemical conditions in rivers in the South Nahanni River watershed, NWT, Canada, in 2008 and 2009. We also compared the ability of three descriptors that vary in terms of analytical costs to define algal community structure based on relative abundances of (i) all algal taxa, (ii) only diatom taxa, and (iii) photosynthetic pigments. Ordination analyses showed that variance in algal community structure was strongly related to gradients in environmental variables describing water physico-chemistry, stream habitats, and sub-watershed structure. Water physico-chemistry and local watershed-scale descriptors differed significantly between algal communities from sites in the Selwyn Mountain ecoregion compared to sites in the Nahanni-Hyland ecoregions. Distinct differences in algal community types between ecoregions were apparent irrespective of whether algal community structure was defined using all algal taxa, diatom taxa, or photosynthetic pigments. Two algal community types were highly predictable using environmental variables, a core consideration in the development of Reference Condition Approach (RCA) models. These results suggest that assessments of environmental impacts could be completed using RCA models for each ecoregion. We suggest that use of algal pigments, a high through-put analysis, is a promising alternative compared to more labor-intensive and costly taxonomic approaches for defining algal community structure.

  10. Elucidation of Genetic Backgrounds Necessary for Chlorophyll a Biosynthesis Toward Artificial Creation of Oxygenic Photosynthesis.

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    Tsukatani, Yusuke; Masuda, Shinji

    2015-09-01

    We succeeded to create the genetically modified purple photosynthetic bacterium capable of synthesizing chlorophyll a. The results indicate that not only chlorophyll synthase, but also an enzyme for galactolipid synthesis and reaction center proteins are required for accumulating chlorophyll a.

  11. Elucidation of Genetic Backgrounds Necessary for Chlorophyll a Biosynthesis Toward Artificial Creation of Oxygenic Photosynthesis

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    Tsukatani, Yusuke; Masuda, Shinji

    2015-09-01

    We succeeded to create the genetically modified purple photosynthetic bacterium capable of synthesizing chlorophyll a. The results indicate that not only chlorophyll synthase, but also an enzyme for galactolipid synthesis and reaction center proteins are required for accumulating chlorophyll a.

  12. Testing Three Species Distribution Modelling Strategies to Define Fish Assemblage Reference Conditions for Stream Bioassessment and Related Applications

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    Rose, Peter M.; Kennard, Mark J.; Moffatt, David B.; Sheldon, Fran; Butler, Gavin L.

    2016-01-01

    Species distribution models are widely used for stream bioassessment, estimating changes in habitat suitability and identifying conservation priorities. We tested the accuracy of three modelling strategies (single species ensemble, multi-species response and community classification models) to predict fish assemblages at reference stream segments in coastal subtropical Australia. We aimed to evaluate each modelling strategy for consistency of predictor variable selection; determine which strategy is most suitable for stream bioassessment using fish indicators; and appraise which strategies best match other stream management applications. Five models, one single species ensemble, two multi-species response and two community classification models, were calibrated using fish species presence-absence data from 103 reference sites. Models were evaluated for generality and transferability through space and time using four external reference site datasets. Elevation and catchment slope were consistently identified as key correlates of fish assemblage composition among models. The community classification models had high omission error rates and contributed fewer taxa to the ‘expected’ component of the taxonomic completeness (O/E50) index than the other strategies. This potentially decreases the model sensitivity for site impact assessment. The ensemble model accurately and precisely modelled O/E50 for the training data, but produced biased predictions for the external datasets. The multi-species response models afforded relatively high accuracy and precision coupled with low bias across external datasets and had lower taxa omission rates than the community classification models. They inherently included rare, but predictable species while excluding species that were poorly modelled among all strategies. We suggest that the multi-species response modelling strategy is most suited to bioassessment using freshwater fish assemblages in our study area. At the species level

  13. Serum biochemistry panels in African buffalo: Defining reference intervals and assessing variability across season, age and sex

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    Jolles, Anna E.; Gorman, M. Elena; Rigas, Johanna D.

    2017-01-01

    Serum biochemical parameters can be utilized to evaluate the physiological status of an animal, and relate it to the animal’s health. In order to accurately interpret individual animal biochemical results, species-specific reference intervals (RI) must be established. Reference intervals for biochemical parameters differ between species, and physiological differences including reproductive status, nutritional resource availability, disease status, and age affect parameters within the same species. The objectives of this study were to (1) establish RI for biochemical parameters in managed African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), (2) assess the effects of age, sex, pregnancy, and season on serum biochemistry values, and (3) compare serum biochemistry values from a managed herd to a free-ranging buffalo herd and to values previously published for captive (zoo) buffalo. Season profoundly affected all biochemistry parameters, possibly due to changes in nutrition and disease exposure. Age also affected all biochemical parameters except gamma glutamyl transferase and magnesium, consistent with patterns seen in cattle. Sex and reproductive status had no detectable effects on the parameters that were measured. The biochemical profiles of managed buffalo were distinct from those observed in the free-ranging herd and captive buffalo. Biochemical differences between buffalo from captive, managed, and free-ranging populations may be related to nutritional restriction or lack of predation in the context of management or captivity. The reference intervals provided in this study, in addition to the seasonal and age-related patterns observed, provide a foundation for health investigations that may inform management strategies in this ecologically and economically important species. PMID:28472180

  14. Serum biochemistry panels in African buffalo: Defining reference intervals and assessing variability across season, age and sex.

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    Couch, Claire E; Movius, Morgan A; Jolles, Anna E; Gorman, M Elena; Rigas, Johanna D; Beechler, Brianna R

    2017-01-01

    Serum biochemical parameters can be utilized to evaluate the physiological status of an animal, and relate it to the animal's health. In order to accurately interpret individual animal biochemical results, species-specific reference intervals (RI) must be established. Reference intervals for biochemical parameters differ between species, and physiological differences including reproductive status, nutritional resource availability, disease status, and age affect parameters within the same species. The objectives of this study were to (1) establish RI for biochemical parameters in managed African buffalo (Syncerus caffer), (2) assess the effects of age, sex, pregnancy, and season on serum biochemistry values, and (3) compare serum biochemistry values from a managed herd to a free-ranging buffalo herd and to values previously published for captive (zoo) buffalo. Season profoundly affected all biochemistry parameters, possibly due to changes in nutrition and disease exposure. Age also affected all biochemical parameters except gamma glutamyl transferase and magnesium, consistent with patterns seen in cattle. Sex and reproductive status had no detectable effects on the parameters that were measured. The biochemical profiles of managed buffalo were distinct from those observed in the free-ranging herd and captive buffalo. Biochemical differences between buffalo from captive, managed, and free-ranging populations may be related to nutritional restriction or lack of predation in the context of management or captivity. The reference intervals provided in this study, in addition to the seasonal and age-related patterns observed, provide a foundation for health investigations that may inform management strategies in this ecologically and economically important species.

  15. Testing Three Species Distribution Modelling Strategies to Define Fish Assemblage Reference Conditions for Stream Bioassessment and Related Applications.

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    Rose, Peter M; Kennard, Mark J; Moffatt, David B; Sheldon, Fran; Butler, Gavin L

    2016-01-01

    Species distribution models are widely used for stream bioassessment, estimating changes in habitat suitability and identifying conservation priorities. We tested the accuracy of three modelling strategies (single species ensemble, multi-species response and community classification models) to predict fish assemblages at reference stream segments in coastal subtropical Australia. We aimed to evaluate each modelling strategy for consistency of predictor variable selection; determine which strategy is most suitable for stream bioassessment using fish indicators; and appraise which strategies best match other stream management applications. Five models, one single species ensemble, two multi-species response and two community classification models, were calibrated using fish species presence-absence data from 103 reference sites. Models were evaluated for generality and transferability through space and time using four external reference site datasets. Elevation and catchment slope were consistently identified as key correlates of fish assemblage composition among models. The community classification models had high omission error rates and contributed fewer taxa to the 'expected' component of the taxonomic completeness (O/E50) index than the other strategies. This potentially decreases the model sensitivity for site impact assessment. The ensemble model accurately and precisely modelled O/E50 for the training data, but produced biased predictions for the external datasets. The multi-species response models afforded relatively high accuracy and precision coupled with low bias across external datasets and had lower taxa omission rates than the community classification models. They inherently included rare, but predictable species while excluding species that were poorly modelled among all strategies. We suggest that the multi-species response modelling strategy is most suited to bioassessment using freshwater fish assemblages in our study area. At the species level

  16. Reference values for TSH may be inadequate to define hypothyroidism in persons with morbid obesity: Di@bet.es study.

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    Valdés, Sergio; Maldonado-Araque, Cristina; Lago-Sampedro, Ana; Lillo-Muñoz, Juan Antonio; Garcia-Fuentes, Eduardo; Perez-Valero, Vidal; Gutiérrez-Repiso, Carolina; Garcia-Escobar, Eva; Goday, Albert; Urrutia, Inés; Peláez, Laura; Calle-Pascual, Alfonso; Bordiú, Elena; Castaño, Luis; Castell, Conxa; Delgado, Elias; Menéndez, Edelmiro; Franch-Nadal, Josep; Gaztambide, Sonia; Girbés, Joan; Ortega, Emilio; Vendrell, Joan; Chacón, Matilde R; Javier Chaves, F; Soriguer, Federico; Rojo-Martínez, Gemma

    2017-04-01

    To analyze the reference range of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in different BMI categories and its impact on the classification of hypothyroidism. The study included 3,928 individuals free of thyroid disease (without previous thyroid disease, no interfering medications, TSH <10 µUI/mL and thyroid peroxidase antibodies [TPO Abs] <50 IU/mL) who participated in a national, cross-sectional, population-based study and were representative of the adult population of Spain. Data gathered included clinical and demographic characteristics, physical examination, and blood and urine sampling. TSH, free thyroxine, free triiodothyronine, and TPO Ab were analyzed by electrochemiluminescence (E170, Roche Diagnostics, Basel, Switzerland). The reference range (p2.5-97.5) for TSH was estimated as 0.6 to 4.8 µUI/mL in the underweight category (BMI<20 kg/m(2) ), 0.6 to 5.5 µUI/mL in the normal-weight category (BMI 20-24.9 kg/m(2) ), 0.6 to 5.5 µUI/mL in the overweight category (BMI 25-29.9 kg/m(2) ), 0.5 to 5.9 µUI/mL in the obesity category (BMI 30-39.9 kg/m(2) ), and 0.7 to 7.5 µUI/mL in the morbid obesity category (BMI ≥40). By using the reference criteria for the normal-weight population, the prevalence of high TSH levels increased threefold in the morbid obesity category (P < 0.01). Persons with morbid obesity might be inappropriately classified if the standard ranges of normality of TSH for the normal-weight population are applied to them. © 2017 The Obesity Society.

  17. Integrating Biology into the General Chemistry Laboratory: Fluorometric Analysis of Chlorophyll "a"

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    Wesolowski, Meredith C.

    2014-01-01

    A laboratory experiment that introduces fluorometry of chlorophyll "a" at the general chemistry level is described. The use of thin-layer chromatography to isolate chlorophyll "a" from spirulina and leaf matter enables quantification of small amounts of chlorophyll "a" via fluorometry. Student results were reasonably…

  18. Integrating Biology into the General Chemistry Laboratory: Fluorometric Analysis of Chlorophyll "a"

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    Wesolowski, Meredith C.

    2014-01-01

    A laboratory experiment that introduces fluorometry of chlorophyll "a" at the general chemistry level is described. The use of thin-layer chromatography to isolate chlorophyll "a" from spirulina and leaf matter enables quantification of small amounts of chlorophyll "a" via fluorometry. Student results were reasonably…

  19. Measurement of urinary free cortisol by current immunoassays: need for sex-dependent reference ranges to define hypercortisolism.

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    Deutschbein, T; Broecker-Preuss, M; Hartmann, M F; Althoff, R; Wudy, S A; Mann, K; Petersenn, S

    2011-09-01

    Urinary free cortisol (UFC) is used to assess disease activity in hypercortisolemic patients. However, reference ranges are often lacking, especially with respect to potential confounding variables. This study analyzed upper limits of normal (ULN, mean + 2 SD) for 2 newer immunoassays, using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) as reference method. Each 10 healthy subjects were grouped by age (18-29; 30-49; ≥ 50 years), BMI (< 25; ≥ 25 kg/m2), and sex, resulting in a total of 120 controls (60 males; age: 39.3±1.3 years; BMI: 25.9±0.4 kg/m2). ULN were calculated for a radioimmunoassay (RIA, Immunotech) and an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA, Roche) and applied to 12 hypercortisolemic patients (4 males; age: 53.1±3.1 years; BMI: 29.1±1.8 kg/m2). To determine degradation, samples were stored at 4°C (without light) or 22°C (with and without light) for 0, 24, and 72 h. Cortisol concentrations were significantly correlated: r=0.88 for RIA vs. ECLIA, r=0.75 for RIA vs. GC-MS, and r=0.77 for ECLIA vs. GC-MS (always p<0.0001). For each procedure, multiple stepwise regression analysis identified sex as the only significant predictor, resulting in sex-dependent ULN (males vs. females): 294 vs. 208 nmol/24 h (RIA), and 379 vs. 277 nmol/24 h (ECLIA). These ULN classified samples from patients as hypercortisolemic in 100% (RIA) and 95% (ECLIA). Different storage conditions over 72 h did not alter UFC levels significantly. Results of the 3 procedures were well correlated, and the use of assay- and sex-specific ULN allowed excellent identification of hypercortisolic states. UFC is stable over 72 h irrespective of the storage conditions applied. Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  20. [Spatio-temporal distribution of chlorophyll a concentration and its estimation in Taihu Lake].

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    Le, Cheng-Feng; Li, Yun-Mei; Sun, De-Yong; Wang, Hai-Jun; Huang, Chang-Chun

    2008-03-01

    The temporal and spatial distribution of chlorophyll a concentration in Taihu Lake was analyzed using the data measured from January to October in 2005. Otherwise, chlorophyll a retrieval model was built using the synchronous spectrum data obtained in different season to evaluate the effect of chlorophyll a concentration temporal and spatial variation on the retrieval model. Firstly, temporal distribution of chlorophyll a concentration was analyzed. Then, chlorophyll a concentration was induced by Inverse Distance Weight method. Lastly, the chlorophyll a concentration estimation models based on spring, summer, autumn and different trophic states were built. An obvious spatial-temporal distribution was found for chlorophyll a concentration in Taihu. Chlorophyll a concentration had the maximal value in summer and the minimal value in winter,and the average chlorophyll a concentration was 56.29 microg/L, 13.61 microg/L respectively. Due to the effect of autumn, the average chlorophyll a concentration in autumn was higher than that in spring, and the average chlorophyll a concentration was 26.43 microg/L, 34.78 microg/L respectively. Marked spatial difference for chlorophyll a concentration was found in summer,while in winterthe spatial variation was ambiguous. The spatial variation in autumn was greater than that in spring as influenced by summer. Spatially, the variation in north area was greater than those in the other areas and the south area had less variation during the year. Because of the different chlorophyll a concentration, different season had different retrieval model. Band-ratio had better retrieval result in spring and autumn as there were lower concentration and less variation correspondingly. While in summer, because of the high chlorophyll a concentration and great spatial variation, among the arithmetic built in summer, the differential arithmetic was the optimal model, and the difference of Chl-a concentration retrieval model of different trophic

  1. Fuel oil effect on the population growth, species diversity and chlorophyll (a) content of freshwater microalgae.

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    El-Dib, M A; Abou-Waly, H F; El-Naby, A H

    2001-06-01

    Fresh water algae were subjected to different concentrations (0.03, 0.07, 0.12, 0.25 and 0.5 g x l(-1)) of aqueous extract of reference fuel oil (EPA, USA, API Oil No. 2, 38% aromatic, 1274). Significant decrease in Chlorophyll. (a) was observed as the concentration of fuel oil was increased. The EC50 value of fuel oil after 7 days was 0.29 g x l(-1). Total algal counts and growth rate decreased in response to the studied fuel oil. High diversity values in diatoms were observed in all treated aqueous cultures. High concentrations of fuel oil significantly decreased carbohydrate and protein contents of algal cells.

  2. Vibrational equilibration in absorption difference spectra of chlorophyll a.

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    Struve, W S

    1995-12-01

    We describe Franck-Condon simulations of vibrational cooling effects on absorption difference spectra in chlorophyll a (Chl a). The relative contributions of vibrational equilibration in the electronic ground and excited states depend on the pump and probe wavelengths. For Franck-Condon-active vibrational modes exhibiting small Huang-Rhys factors (S < 0.1, characteristic in Chl a pigments), vibrational thermalization causes essentially no spectral changes when the origin band is excited. Significant spectral evolution does occur for S < 0.1 when the 0-1 and 1.0 (hot) vibronic bands are excited. However, vibrational equilibration in these cases causes no spectral shifting in the empirical photobleaching/stimulated emission band maximum. This result bears on the interpretation of time-resolved absorption difference spectra of Chl a-containing antennae such as the Chl a/b light-harvesting peripheral antenna of photosystem II.

  3. Chlorophyll-a Algorithms for Oligotrophic Oceans: A Novel Approach Based on Three-Band Reflectance Difference

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    Hu, Chuanmin; Lee, Zhongping; Franz, Bryan

    2011-01-01

    A new empirical algorithm is proposed to estimate surface chlorophyll-a concentrations (Chl) in the global ocean for Chl less than or equal to 0.25 milligrams per cubic meters (approximately 77% of the global ocean area). The algorithm is based on a color index (CI), defined as the difference between remote sensing reflectance (R(sub rs), sr(sup -1) in the green and a reference formed linearly between R(sub rs) in the blue and red. For low Chl waters, in situ data showed a tighter (and therefore better) relationship between CI and Chl than between traditional band-ratios and Chl, which was further validated using global data collected concurrently by ship-borne and SeaWiFS satellite instruments. Model simulations showed that for low Chl waters, compared with the band-ratio algorithm, the CI-based algorithm (CIA) was more tolerant to changes in chlorophyll-specific backscattering coefficient, and performed similarly for different relative contributions of non-phytoplankton absorption. Simulations using existing atmospheric correction approaches further demonstrated that the CIA was much less sensitive than band-ratio algorithms to various errors induced by instrument noise and imperfect atmospheric correction (including sun glint and whitecap corrections). Image and time-series analyses of SeaWiFS and MODIS/Aqua data also showed improved performance in terms of reduced image noise, more coherent spatial and temporal patterns, and consistency between the two sensors. The reduction in noise and other errors is particularly useful to improve the detection of various ocean features such as eddies. Preliminary tests over MERIS and CZCS data indicate that the new approach should be generally applicable to all existing and future ocean color instruments.

  4. [Retrieving for chlorophyll-a concentration and suspended substance concentration based on HJ-1A HIS image].

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    Yang, Ting; Zhang, Hui; Wang, Qiao; Zhao, Qiao-Hua

    2011-11-01

    Based on geometry correction using ERDAS software and radiation correction using 6S model for HJ-1A hyper-spectrum image (HSI) on May 2 in 2010 and the analysis of spectrum for water data and spectral data of hyper-spectrum image, this paper processes original spectrum data of 28 sample points using method of normalization and method of first-order derivation. Single-band and band combination are selected to establish inversion models of the concentration of chlorophyll-a and solid suspensions. Choosing the model with biggest correlation coefficient, the spatial distribution map of the concentration of chlorophyll-a and solid suspensions content in Taihu Lake is acquired. The research results show: Band-73 of hyper-spectrum image which has been normalized shows the biggest correlation coefficient of the concentration of chlorophyll-a, remote sensing sediment parameter shows the biggest correlation coefficient of the concentration of solid suspensions, the result is consistent with analysis of spectral data of hyper-spectrum image. Average relative errors of predicted and measured values are within 30 percent. Spatial distribution map of water quality is consistent with the result of field surveys. Therefore, based on reference of the analysis of sensitive band of spectrum for water data, HJ-1A hyper-spectrum image can give quantitative estimation of water quality parameters in Taihu Lake.

  5. Decadal variability of chlorophyll a in the South China Sea: a possible mechanism

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    Liu, Fenfen; Chen, Chuqun; Zhan, Haigang

    2012-11-01

    Four climatologies on a monthly scale (January, April, May and November) of chlorophyll a within the South China Sea (SCS) were calculated using a Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS) (1979-1983) and the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) (1998-2002). We analyzed decadal variability of chlorophyll a by comparing the products of the two observation periods. The relationships of variability in chlorophyll a with sea surface wind speed (SSW), sea surface temperature (SST), wind stress (WS), and mixed layer depth (MLD) were determined. The results indicate that there is obvious chlorophyll a decadal variability in the SCS. The decadal chlorophyll a presents distinct seasonal variability in characteristics, which may be as a result of various different dynamic processes. The negative chlorophyll a concentration anomaly in January was associated with the warming of SST and a shallower MLD. Generally, there were higher chlorophyll a concentrations in spring during the SeaWiFS period compared with the CZCS period. However, the chlorophyll a concentration exhibits some regional differences during this season, leading to an explanation being diffi cult. The deepened MLD may have contributed to the positive chlorophyll a concentration anomalies from the northwestern Luzon Island to the northeastern region of Vietnam during April and May. The increases of chlorophyll a concentration in northwestern Borneo during May may be because the stronger SSW and higher WS produce a deeper mixed layer and convective mixing, leading to high levels of nutrient concentrations. The higher chlorophyll a off southeastern Vietnam may be associated with the advective transport of the colder water extending from the Karimata Strait to southeastern Vietnam.

  6. Chlorophyll a triplet-state ESR in frozen phosphatidylcholine vesicles

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    Hiromitsu, I.; Kevan, L.

    1988-05-19

    Photoexcited chlorophyll a (Chla) triplet state in rapidly frozen egg phosphatidylcholine (EPC) vesicles is investigated at 77 K by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy using light intensity modulation. The electron spin polarization (ESP) intensity is stronger for 0.2 mM Chla than for 1.0 mM Chla. The absolute values of the zero field splitting parameter, D, are 283 (+/-1) x 10/sup -4/ and 276 (+/-2) x 10/sup -4/ cm/sup -1/, and the average depopulation rates of the triplet state are 0.671 +/- 0.052 and 1.054 +/- 0.036 ms/sup -1/ for 0.2 mM Chla and 1.0 mM Chla, respectively. This difference can be consistently attributed to faster triplet-state migration between adjacent Chla's at the higher 1.0 mM Chla concentration. A characteristic migration time of 2.6 ms is obtained. The ESP pattern of the Chla triplet state in the frozen EPC vesicles resembles that in polycrystals more than that in glasses. This suggests that the local environment around Chla in the vesicles is more structured than in glasses.

  7. Serum erythropoietin and its relation with soluble transferrin receptor in patients with different types of anaemia in a locally defined reference population.

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    Roque, M E; Sandoval, M J; Aggio, M C

    2001-10-01

    Serum erythropoietin (Epo) and soluble transferrin receptor (sTR) were measured in a locally defined reference population (n=100): healthy volunteers (n=50); iron- deficiency anaemia (n=41) and haemolytic anaemia (n=9) (beta-thalassaemia, n = 4; autoimmune, n=5). Our data demonstrated an inverse relationship between erythroid activity and Epo levels. The regression line between Ln Epo and haemoglobin (Hb) was highly significant: P < 0.0001, r2=0.8275, Ln Epo=8.5346-0.04275 Hb, confidence limit 95%. The mean observed/predicted (O/P) ratio of Ln (Epo) was 1.01 +/- 0.11. We demonstrated that the serum Epo concentration in this particular population correlated consistently with clinical measures of erythropoietic activity. sTR, a new index of erythropoiesis, varied from 16.1 to 148 nmol/l, mean 62.0 nmol/l in the anaemic patients' group. The relationship between Ln Epo and Ln sTR was highly significant: P < 0.0001. We conclude that locally defined regression analyses are crucial for correct data interpretation and can indicate whether or not Epo production is appropriate or inappropriate. Serial determinations of sTR could help in the assessment of response to therapeutic doses of Epo.

  8. Consecutive binding of chlorophylls a and b during the assembly in vitro of light-harvesting chlorophyll-a/b protein (LHCIIb).

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    Horn, Ruth; Grundmann, Götz; Paulsen, Harald

    2007-02-23

    The apoprotein of the major light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b complex (LHCIIb) is post-translationally imported into the chloroplast, where membrane insertion, protein folding, and pigment binding take place. The sequence and molecular mechanism of the latter steps is largely unknown. The complex spontaneously self-organises in vitro to form structurally authentic LHCIIb upon reconstituting the unfolded recombinant protein with the pigments chlorophyll a, b, and carotenoids in detergent micelles. Former measurements of LHCIIb assembly had revealed two apparent kinetic phases, a faster one (tau1) in the range of 10 s to 1 min, and a slower one (tau2) in the range of several min. To unravel the sequence of events we analysed the binding of chlorophylls into the complex by using time-resolved fluorescence measurements of resonance energy transfer from chlorophylls to an acceptor dye attached to the apoprotein. Chlorophyll a, offered in the absence of chlorophyll b, bound with the faster kinetics (tau1) exclusively whereas chlorophyll b, in the absence of chlorophyll a, bound predominantly with the slower kinetics (tau2). In double-jump experiments, LHCIIb assembly could be dissected into a faster chlorophyll a and a subsequent, predominantly slower chlorophyll b-binding step. The assignment of the faster and the slower kinetic phase to predominantly chlorophyll a and exclusively chlorophyll b binding, respectively, was verified by analysing the assembly kinetics with a circular dichroism signal in the visible domain presumably reflecting the establishment of pigment-pigment interactions. We propose that slow chlorophyll binding is confined to the exclusively chlorophyll b binding sites whereas faster binding occurs to the chlorophyll a binding sites. The latter sites can bind both chlorophylls a and b but in a reversible fashion as long as the complex is not stabilised by proper occupation of the chlorophyll b sites. The resulting two-step model of LHCIIb assembly is

  9. Self-assembled chlorophyll a systems as studied by californium-252 plasma desorption mass spectroscopy

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    Hunt, J. E.; Macfarlane, R. D.; Katz, J. J.; Dougherty, R. C.

    1980-01-01

    Self-assembled chlorophyll a and pheophytin a systems in thin solid films have been studied by 252Cf plasma desorption mass spectrometry (PDMS). The 252Cf-PDMS spectra of these films show monomer cation and anion molecular ions, ions of molecular aggregates, and positive and negative ion fragmentation patterns arising from the loss of various aliphatic side chains from the chlorin ring. Chlorophyll a films cast from dry carbon tetrachloride solution, in which chlorophyll a is known to occur as the dimer, produced an abundant dimer ion. The highest degree of chlorophyll a self-assembly was observed in chlorophyll a films cast from n-octane solutions. Oligomer ions extending upwards in size to the heptamer were detected in this system. Images PMID:16592795

  10. Modeling chlorophyll a fluorescence transient: relation to photosynthesis.

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    Stirbet, A; Riznichenko, G Yu; Rubin, A B; Govindjee

    2014-04-01

    To honor Academician Alexander Abramovitch Krasnovsky, we present here an educational review on the relation of chlorophyll a fluorescence transient to various processes in photosynthesis. The initial event in oxygenic photosynthesis is light absorption by chlorophylls (Chls), carotenoids, and, in some cases, phycobilins; these pigments form the antenna. Most of the energy is transferred to reaction centers where it is used for charge separation. The small part of energy that is not used in photochemistry is dissipated as heat or re-emitted as fluorescence. When a photosynthetic sample is transferred from dark to light, Chl a fluorescence (ChlF) intensity shows characteristic changes in time called fluorescence transient, the OJIPSMT transient, where O (the origin) is for the first measured minimum fluorescence level; J and I for intermediate inflections; P for peak; S for semi-steady state level; M for maximum; and T for terminal steady state level. This transient is a real signature of photosynthesis, since diverse events can be related to it, such as: changes in redox states of components of the linear electron transport flow, involvement of alternative electron routes, the build-up of a transmembrane pH gradient and membrane potential, activation of different nonphotochemical quenching processes, activation of the Calvin-Benson cycle, and other processes. In this review, we present our views on how different segments of the OJIPSMT transient are influenced by various photosynthetic processes, and discuss a number of studies involving mathematical modeling and simulation of the ChlF transient. A special emphasis is given to the slower PSMT phase, for which many studies have been recently published, but they are less known than on the faster OJIP phase.

  11. Estimate chlorophyll a and POC concentrations in the Southern Ocean

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    Haëntjens, N.; Boss, E.; Talley, L. D.

    2016-02-01

    The Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM) is deploying hundreds of profiling floats with (NASA-funded) bio-optical sensors in the Southern Ocean. The optical sensor measure chlorophyll fluorescence (Ex/Em 470/685nm) and the backscattering coefficient at 700nm, which are routinely as proxies for chlorophyll a (chl-a) and particulate organic carbon (POC) concentrations. To assess the quality of the chl-a and POC derived from the float's measurements we compare them with chl-a and POC samples collected near the times the floats were deployed. Through the life of a float, we also compare its measurements to estimates of chl-a and the backscattering coefficient derived from remotely sensed ocean color. In addition, on most cruises where floats are deployed, a `golden' sensor is deployed on the CTD rosette for cross-calibration between floats. For fluorescence measurements done when there is significant irradiance in the upper ocean we correct for non-photochemical quenching of fluorescence with an average of Xing et al. (2012) and Sackmann et al.'s (2008) methods. To date we have found the backscattering measurement to be consistent with previous studies while chl-a estimated with fluorescence is significantly over estimated when using the manufacturer calibration (factor of 7 relative to HPLC, 3.5 relative to local ocean color algorithms). We hope that our work will provide for an unprecedented, quality-controlled, dataset of chl-a and POC for the Southern Ocean to be used in biogeochemical studies.

  12. Internal Conversion and Vibrational Energy Redistribution in Chlorophyll A.

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    Shenai, Prathamesh M; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian; Bricker, William P; Tretiak, Sergei; Zhao, Yang

    2016-01-14

    We have computationally investigated the role of intramolecular vibrational modes in determining nonradiative relaxation pathways of photoexcited electronic states in isolated chlorophyll A (ChlA) molecules. To simulate the excited state relaxation from the initially excited Soret state to the lowest excited state Qy, the approach of nonadiabatic excited state molecular dynamics has been adopted. The intramolecular vibrational energy relaxation and redistribution that accompany the electronic internal conversion process is followed by analyzing the excited state trajectories in terms of the ground state equilibrium normal modes. The time dependence of the normal mode velocities is determined by projecting instantaneous Cartesian velocities onto the normal mode vectors. Our analysis of the time evolution of the average mode energies uncovers that only a small subset of the medium-to-high frequency normal modes actively participate in the electronic relaxation processes. These active modes are characterized by the highest overlap with the nonadiabatic coupling vectors (NACRs) during the electronic transitions. Further statistical analysis of the nonadiabatic transitions reveals that the electronic and vibrational energy relaxation occurs via two distinct pathways with significantly different time scales on which the hopping from Soret to Qx occurs thereby dictating the overall dynamics. Furthermore, the NACRs corresponding to each of the transitions have been consistently found to be predominantly similar to a set of normal modes that vary depending upon the transition and the identified categories. Each pathway exhibits a differential time scale of energy transfer and also a differential set of predominant active modes. Our present analysis can be considered as a general approach allowing identification of a reduced subset of specific vibrational coordinates associated with nonradiative relaxation pathways. Therefore, it represents an adequate prior strategy that

  13. Environmental and climactic effects of chlorophyll-a variability around Iceland using reconstructed satellite data fields

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    McGinty, Niall; Guðmundsson, Kristinn; Ágústsdóttir, Kristín; Marteinsdóttir, Gudrún

    2016-11-01

    While remotely sensed data greatly improves the spatial and temporal resolution of ocean surface data, many data gaps still exist, particularly in northern latitude regions. We addressed this issue by reconstructing 8-day chl-a, sea surface temperature (SST) and photosynthetically available radiation (PAR) between 1998 and 2013. Direct matchups between the interpolated and in-situ chlorophyll-a data showed stronger correlations when both data types were combined although very little variation was found for the root mean square error across space and time. Chl-a shows a strong periodicity in the south and a weak periodicity in seasonal cycle in the north. Where periodicity is strong we found that correlations with the local environmental conditions were also the strongest. Wavelet coherence patterns showed that the phase correlation between SST, chl-a and NAO was dominated by an annual periodicity in the trends although the chl-a-NAO relationship was only significant after 2005. Ten regions were defined based on the k-means clustering of chl-a. Mean spring anomalies and the phenological timing of chl-a were defined for each region. The main drivers of spring anomalies were mean SST and PAR values while the spring timing was strongly correlated with the timing of MLD and PAR reaching threshold levels.

  14. Using a reference when defining an abnormal MRI reduces false-positive MRI results-a longitudinal study in two cohorts at risk for rheumatoid arthritis.

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    Boer, Aleid C; Burgers, Leonie E; Mangnus, Lukas; Ten Brinck, Robin M; Nieuwenhuis, Wouter P; van Steenbergen, Hanna W; Reijnierse, Monique; Huizinga, Tom W J; van der Helm van Mil, Annette H M

    2017-10-01

    The use of hand and foot MRI in the diagnostic process of RA has been advocated. Recent studies showed that MRI is helpful in predicting progression from clinically suspect arthralgia (CSA) to clinical arthritis, and from undifferentiated arthritis (UA) to RA. Symptom-free persons can also show inflammation on MRI. This study aimed to evaluate if MRI findings in symptom-free volunteers are relevant when defining a positive MRI. Two hundred and twenty-five CSA patients and two hundred and one UA patients underwent MRI of MCP, wrist and MTP joints at baseline and were followed for 1 year on progression to arthritis and RA, respectively, as reported previously. MRI was considered positive if ⩾ 1 joint showed inflammation (called uncorrected definition), or if ⩾ 1 joint had inflammation that was present in < 5% of persons of the same age category at the same location (called 5% corrected definition). Test characteristics were compared for both definitions. By using MRI data of symptom-free volunteers as reference, specificity of MRI-detected inflammation increased from 22 to 56% in CSA patients, and from 10 to 36% in UA patients. The sensitivity was not affected; it was 88 and 85% in CSA patients and 93 and 93% in UA patients. The accuracy also increased, from 32 to 60% in CSA patients and 22 to 44% in UA patients. The use of a reference population resulted in a substantial reduction of false-positive results, without influencing the sensitivity. Although common for other tests in medicine, this phenomenon is novel for MRI in the early detection of RA.

  15. Chlorophyll a is a favorable substrate for Chlamydomonas Mg-dechelatase encoded by STAY-GREEN.

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    Matsuda, Kaori; Shimoda, Yousuke; Tanaka, Ayumi; Ito, Hisashi

    2016-12-01

    Mg removal from chlorophyll by Mg-dechelatase is the first step of chlorophyll degradation. Recent studies showed that in Arabidopsis, Stay Green (SGR) encodes Mg-dechelatase. Though the Escherichia coli expression system is advantageous for investigating the properties of Mg-dechelatase, Arabidopsis Mg-dechelatase is not successfully expressed in E. coli. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii SGR (CrSGR) has a long, hydrophilic tail, suggesting that active CrSGR can be expressed in E. coli. After the incubation of chlorophyll a with CrSGR expressed in E. coli, pheophytin a accumulated, indicating that active CrSGR was expressed in E. coli. Substrate specificity of CrSGR against chlorophyll b and an intermediate molecule of the chlorophyll b degradation pathway was examined. CrSGR exhibited no activity against chlorophyll b and low activity against 7-hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a, consistent with the fact that chlorophyll b is degraded only after conversion to chlorophyll a. CrSGR exhibited low activity against divinyl chlorophyll a and chlorophyll a', and no activity against chlorophyllide a, protochlorophyll a, chlorophyll c2, and Zn-chlorophyll a. These observations indicate that chlorophyll a is the most favorable substrate for CrSGR. When CrSGR was expressed in Arabidopsis cells, the chlorophyll content decreased, further confirming that SGR has Mg-dechelating activity in chloroplasts. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  16. Dead or Alive? Using Membrane Failure and Chlorophyll a Fluorescence to Predict Plant Mortality from Drought1[OPEN

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    Speckman, Heather N.; Huhn, Bridger J.; Strawn, Rachel N.; Weinig, Cynthia

    2017-01-01

    Climate models predict widespread increases in both drought intensity and duration in the next decades. Although water deficiency is a significant determinant of plant survival, limited understanding of plant responses to extreme drought impedes forecasts of both forest and crop productivity under increasing aridity. Drought induces a suite of physiological responses; however, we lack an accurate mechanistic description of plant response to lethal drought that would improve predictive understanding of mortality under altered climate conditions. Here, proxies for leaf cellular damage, chlorophyll a fluorescence, and electrolyte leakage were directly associated with failure to recover from drought upon rewatering in Brassica rapa (genotype R500) and thus define the exact timing of drought-induced death. We validated our results using a second genotype (imb211) that differs substantially in life history traits. Our study demonstrates that whereas changes in carbon dynamics and water transport are critical indicators of drought stress, they can be unrelated to visible metrics of mortality, i.e. lack of meristematic activity and regrowth. In contrast, membrane failure at the cellular scale is the most proximate cause of death. This hypothesis was corroborated in two gymnosperms (Picea engelmannii and Pinus contorta) that experienced lethal water stress in the field and in laboratory conditions. We suggest that measurement of chlorophyll a fluorescence can be used to operationally define plant death arising from drought, and improved plant characterization can enhance surface model predictions of drought mortality and its consequences to ecosystem services at a global scale. PMID:28710130

  17. Enzyme-catalyzed organic syntheses: transesterification reactions of chlorophyl a, bacteriochlorophyll a, and derivatives with chlorophyllase

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    Michalski, T.J.; Hunt, J.E.; Bradshaw, C.; Wagner, A.M.; Norris, J.R.; Katz, J.J.

    1988-08-17

    The green plant enzyme chlorophyllase (EC 3.1.1.14, chlorophyll chlorophyllido-hydroase) has been used for the synthesis of a variety of primary alcohol and diol esters of chlorophyll a, bacteriochlorophyll a, and pyrobacteriochlorophyll a. Green plant chlorophyllase accepts a much larger range of alcohol and chlorophyll substrates than had previously been realized. Thus, chlorophyllide and bacteriochlorophyllide esters of primary alcohols such as retinol and the detergent Triton X-100 and of dihydric alcohols such as ethylene glycol, butanediol, or 2-hydroxyethyl disulfide can readily be obtained by enzyme-assisted transesterification. The diol chlorophyllide esters are valuable intermediates for the synthesis of reaction center special pair models. Chlorophyllase-assisted reactions can be carried out in media containing up to 95% of organic solvents without the concomitant side reactions that important chlorophyll functional groups readily undergo even under mild conditions in conventional chemical synthetic procedures. In competitive chlorophyllase-catalyzed transesterification reactions, long-chain alcohols such as farnesol and retinol vs simple aliphatic alcohols and diols, the enzyme shows a definite preference for the long-chain alcohol. 37 references, 1 figure, 2 tables.

  18. [Baseline correction of spectrum for the inversion of chlorophyll-a concentration in the turbidity water].

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    Wei, Yu-Chun; Wang, Guo-Xiang; Cheng, Chun-Mei; Zhang, Jing; Sun, Xiao-Peng

    2012-09-01

    Suspended particle material is the main factor affecting remote sensing inversion of chlorophyll-a concentration (Chla) in turbidity water. According to the optical property of suspended material in water, the present paper proposed a linear baseline correction method to weaken the suspended particle contribution in the spectrum above turbidity water surface. The linear baseline was defined as the connecting line of reflectance from 450 to 750 nm, and baseline correction is that spectrum reflectance subtracts the baseline. Analysis result of field data in situ of Meiliangwan, Taihu Lake in April, 2011 and March, 2010 shows that spectrum linear baseline correction can improve the inversion precision of Chl a and produce the better model diagnoses. As the data in March, 2010, RMSE of band ratio model built by original spectrum is 4.11 mg x m(-3), and that built by spectrum baseline correction is 3.58 mg x m(-3). Meanwhile, residual distribution and homoscedasticity in the model built by baseline correction spectrum is improved obviously. The model RMSE of April, 2011 shows the similar result. The authors suggest that using linear baseline correction as the spectrum processing method to improve Chla inversion accuracy in turbidity water without algae bloom.

  19. Evaluation of Focal Ablation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Defined Prostate Cancer Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging Controlled Transurethral Ultrasound Therapy with Prostatectomy as the Reference Standard.

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    Ramsay, Elizabeth; Mougenot, Charles; Staruch, Robert; Boyes, Aaron; Kazem, Mohammad; Bronskill, Michael; Foster, Harry; Sugar, Linda; Haider, Masoom; Klotz, Laurence; Chopra, Rajiv

    2017-01-01

    We evaluated magnetic resonance imaging controlled transurethral ultrasound therapy as a treatment for magnetic resonance imaging defined focal prostate cancer using subsequent prostatectomy and histology as the reference standard. Five men completed this pilot study, which was approved by the institutional review board. Prior to radical prostatectomy focal tumors identified by magnetic resonance imaging were treated by coagulating targeted subtotal 3-dimensional volumes of prostate tissue using magnetic resonance imaging controlled transurethral focused ultrasound. Treatment was performed with a 3 Tesla clinical magnetic resonance imaging unit combined with modified clinical planning software for high intensity focused ultrasound therapy. After prostatectomy whole mount histological sections parallel to the magnetic resonance imaging treatment planes were used to compare magnetic resonance imaging measurements with thermal damage at the cellular level and, thus, evaluate treatment and target accuracy. Three-dimensional target volumes of 4 to 20 cc and with radii up to 35 mm from the urethra were treated successfully. Mean ± SD temperature control accuracy at the target boundary was -1.6 ± 4.8C and the mean spatial targeting accuracy achieved was -1.5 ± 2.8 mm. Mean treatment accuracy with respect to histology was -0.4 ± 1.7 mm with all index tumors falling inside the histological outer limit of thermal injury. Magnetic resonance imaging guided transurethral ultrasound therapy is capable of generating thermal coagulation and tumor destruction in targeted 3-dimensional angular sectors out to the prostate capsule for prostate glands up to 70 cc in volume. Ultrasound parameters needed to achieve ablation at the prostate capsule were determined, providing a foundation for future studies. Copyright © 2017 American Urological Association Education and Research, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Estimation Of Chlorophyll-A Concentration Using Three-Band Algorithm On Worldview-2 Images

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    Karaman, Muhittin; Damla Uça Avcı, Z.; Budakoglu, Murat; Geredeli (Yilmaz), Serpil; Kumral, Mustafa

    2014-05-01

    The objective of the study is performing an estimation of chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentration for an inland turbid salty lake. The study area is selected as Acigol (Turkey). To retrieve chl-a concentrations, a field study was conducted on July 09th, 2013 to collect water samples at 18 points. Concentrations over the area were between 0.87-8.72 mg/m3. Due to the average chl-a content which was 6.27 mg/m3, the lake is categorized as mezotrophic. As satellite data, a high resolution image acquired by WorldView-2 was used. The data consists of 8 bands that were defined as water bands according to the EM ranges sensitive to water. Radiometric and ATCOR atmospheric corrections were executed as preprocessing. Then, for each sampling point in the image, mean reflectance values in 1*1, 3*3, 5*5, 7*7, 9*9, 11*11, 13*13, 15*15, 17*17, 19*19, 21*21, 51*51 neighborhoods were calculated. As the method, three-band model was applied to the data in all neighborhoods, in order to determine the highest correlations between spectral values and chl-a content. Three-band reflectance model, which was first developed for estimating pigment contents in terrestrial vegetation, could also be evaluated as a method to assess chl-a in turbid productive waters as mentioned in the literature. Three-band model was tested with variable optical properties and it was shown that Λ1 should be around 670 nm, Λ2 around 710 nm, and Λ3 around 750 nm. Although correlations were investigated for all neighborhing windows, results were mainly evaluated for 51*51. Using three-band model for 51*51, Λ1= 546 nm (green), Λ2= 608 nm (red), Λ3= 659 nm (yellow) wavelengths found to give correlation as 0.9494. The results of this study show that a strong linear relationship is found between the chl-a concentration and remotely sensed spectral data, and three-band model is an effective way to detect the correlations between spectra and chlorophyll-a content.

  1. Reflectance model for quantifying chlorophyll a in the presence of productivity degradation products

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    Carder, K. L.; Hawes, S. K.; Steward, R. G.; Baker, K. A.; Smith, R. C.; Mitchell, B. G.

    1991-01-01

    A reflectance model developed to estimate chlorophyll a concentrations in the presence of marine colored dissolved organic matter, pheopigments, detritus, and bacteria is presented. Nomograms and lookup tables are generated to describe the effects of different mixtures of chlorophyll a and these degradation products on the R(412):R(443) and R(443):R(565) remote-sensing reflectance or irradiance reflectance ratios. These are used to simulate the accuracy of potential ocean color satellite algorithms, assuming that atmospheric effects have been removed. For the California Current upwelling and offshore regions, with chlorophyll a not greater than 1.3 mg/cu m, the average error for chlorophyll a retrievals derived from irradiance reflectance data for degradation product-rich areas was reduced from +/-61 percent to +/-23 percent by application of an algorithm using two reflectance ratios rather than the commonly used algorithm applying a single reflectance ratio.

  2. Excited state absorption spectrum of chlorophyll a obtained with white-light continuum.

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    De Boni, L; Correa, D S; Pavinatto, F J; dos Santos, D S; Mendonça, C R

    2007-04-28

    The study of excited state properties of chlorophyll a is a subject of foremost interest, given that it plays important roles in biological process and has also been proposed for applications in photonics. This work reports on the excited state absorption spectrum of chlorophyll a solution from 460 to 700 nm, obtained through the white-light continuum Z-scan technique. Saturation of absorption was observed due to the ground state depletion, induced by the white-light continuum region that is resonant with the Q band of chlorophyll a. The authors also observed reverse saturation of absorption related to the excitation from the first excited state to a higher energy level for wavelengths below 640 nm. An energy-level diagram, based on the electronic states of chlorophyll a, was employed to interpret their results, revealing that more states than the ones related to the Q and B bands participate in the excited state absorption of this molecule.

  3. Reflectance model for quantifying chlorophyll a in the presence of productivity degradation products

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    Carder, K. L.; Hawes, S. K.; Steward, R. G.; Baker, K. A.; Smith, R. C.; Mitchell, B. G.

    1991-01-01

    A reflectance model developed to estimate chlorophyll a concentrations in the presence of marine colored dissolved organic matter, pheopigments, detritus, and bacteria is presented. Nomograms and lookup tables are generated to describe the effects of different mixtures of chlorophyll a and these degradation products on the R(412):R(443) and R(443):R(565) remote-sensing reflectance or irradiance reflectance ratios. These are used to simulate the accuracy of potential ocean color satellite algorithms, assuming that atmospheric effects have been removed. For the California Current upwelling and offshore regions, with chlorophyll a not greater than 1.3 mg/cu m, the average error for chlorophyll a retrievals derived from irradiance reflectance data for degradation product-rich areas was reduced from +/-61 percent to +/-23 percent by application of an algorithm using two reflectance ratios rather than the commonly used algorithm applying a single reflectance ratio.

  4. Molecular scale photodiode composed of recombinant ferredoxin/chlorophyll a heterostructure.

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    Choi, Jeong-Woo; Lee, Doo-Bong; Oh, Byung-Keun; Min, Junhong; Kim, Kun Soo

    2008-09-01

    Photoelectrical rectifying property of biomolecular heterostructures is investigated in molecular scale. Recombinant ferredoxin and chlorophyll a were used as an electron acceptor and a sensitizer respectively in the molecular layer by mimicking photosynthesis. A self-assembled monolayer of recombinant ferredoxin was formed on Au surface, and then chlorophyll a was deposited onto the recombinant ferredoxin layer by Langmuir-Blodgett method. The formation of recombinant ferredoxin/chlorophyll a hetero-layers was confirmed by the SPR (surface plasmon resonance) spectroscopy, and the surface was observed by the STM (scanning tunneling microscopy). The rectifying property by the STS (scanning-tunneling-spectroscopy) based current-voltage characteristics was achieved in the recombinant ferredoxin/chlorophyll a hetero-layers. Thus, proposed hetero-layers functioned as a rectifier that can be useful property for the development of molecular-scale bioelectronic devices.

  5. An algorithm for computing chlorophyll-a concentrations using a dual-frequency fluorosensor

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    Campbell, J. W.

    1981-01-01

    An algorithm to be used on data from a dual-frequency fluorosensor (i.e. one using two wavelengths for excitation of chlorophyll-a fluorescence) to compute total chlorophyll-a concentration and to partition that chlorophyll between two color groups present in a mixed phytoplankton population is described. The algorithm is based on laboratory and field-testing experience gained with the airborne lidar oceanographic probing experiment fluorosensor.

  6. The Thermocline Layer and Chlorophyll-a Concentration Variability during Southeast Monsoon in the Banda Sea

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    Pusparini, Nikita; Prasetyo, Budi; Ambariyanto; Widowati, Ita

    2017-02-01

    Thermocline layer and chlorophyll-a concentration can be used to investigate the upwelling region. This investigation is focused in the Banda Sea because the upwelling event in this area is quite large and has a longer upwelling duration than other waters in Indonesia. In addition, Banda Sea is also influenced by climatic factors such as monsoon. The aim of this research is to determine the validation of secondary data (from satellite imagery data and model) and in situ observation data (from research cruise) and to determine the variability of thermocline layer and chlorophyll-a concentration during Southeast Monsoon in the Banda Sea. The data used in this study were chlorophyll-a concentration, seawater vertical temperature at depths 0-400 meters, and sea surface temperature from remote sensing and in situ data. Spatial and temporal analysis of all parameters was conducted by quantitative descriptive method. The results showed that the variability of thermocline layer and the chlorophyll-a distribution were strongly related to seasonal pattern. In most cases, the estimates of thermocline layer and chlorophyll-a concentration using remote sensing algorithm were higher than in situ measured values. The greatest variability occurred in the eastern Banda Sea during the Southeast Monsoon with shallower thermocline layer, more abundance of chlorophyll-a concentration, and lower sea surface temperature.

  7. Comparison of Chlorophyll-a Measurement Using Multi Spatial Imagery and Numerical Model in Bali Strait

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    Hanintyo, Rizki; susilo, Eko

    2016-11-01

    One of abundance of nutrient in coastal area is chlorophyll-a, where chlorophyll-a is a driving factor to derive fishing ground location. There's several method has been used to derive chlorophyll-a concentration from insitu data, remote sensing satellite data, and ocean dynamics models, but we are not decide those data for certain area in coastal area and open ocean. In this paper, we will use Aqua-Terra MODIS, Landsat -8 and INDESO Satellite observation dataset to detect chlorophyll-a and also using dynamic modelling produced by INDESO and MyOcean/Marine Copernicus. Using a lot variation of data to understand the differences of spatial resolution and accuracy with observed insitu data. After calculating data comparison with insitu data in bali strait on 2014, we can conclude that Landsat-8 data has the highest r value r=0.41. For model data, comparison between insitu data and MyOcean data has r=0.3. in the other hand, insitu data and INDESO data model has r=0.26. In coastal areas (case 2 water), Landsat-8 data performed to give detail information of chlorophyll-a. Furthermore for open ocean areas (case 1 water), we can use numerical model from MyOcean/Marine Copernicus because it has lower resolution and able to forecast. For those data, it can help non artisanal fisheries to predict chlorophyll-a area in their fishing ground areas

  8. Satellite Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll-a Concentrations in the Galveston Bay, Texas

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    Zhang, S.; Zheng, G.; Gao, H.; Roelke, D.

    2014-12-01

    Galveston Bay (Texas) is characterized by the unique and complex mixing of waters allowing the bay to produce more seafood than any bay in the United States with the exception of Chesapeake Bay (Maryland). The concentration of Chlorophyll-a plays a key role in ecosystem productivity. Since field measurements are complicated and expensive, satellite remote sensing provides an opportunity to observe real-time variations of Chlorophyll-a at a large spatial scale. However, because of the notable influences caused by the absorption and scattering of other substances (such as total suspended solids, dissolved organic matters and tripton), the use of ocean color remote sensing images to estimate Chlorophyll-a in coastal waters is usually limited. In order to monitor the variation of Chlorophyll-a with high accuracy (and at a high temporal resolution), an algorithm was developed using Terra Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) reflectance data, Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) images, and in-situ measurements. This approach mainly contains two steps. First, based on the relatively high spatial resolution of Landsat images (30m), an exponential regression relationship was found between the Landsat reflectance ratio (i.e., band 3/band 4) and the in-situ measured Chlorophyll-a concentrations (R2 = 0.81) during the two-year sampling period (2005- 2006). By using an automatic outlier detection technique for quality control, a Landsat Chlorophyll-a concentration product from 2000- 2011 was generated. Second, in order to improve the temporal resolution over the bay area, an 8-day MODIS product at 500 m spatial resolution from 2000 to 2013 was created. Landsat results from the first step were employed to calibrate the parameters used in NASA's existing operational product algorithm. This way, the MODIS product from this study can best represent the phytoplankton productivity in Galveston Bay. Using the remotely sensed Chlorophyll-a product, further comparisons were

  9. [Estimation and forecast of chlorophyll a concentration in Taihu Lake based on ensemble square root filters].

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    Li, Yuan; Li, Yun-Mei; Wang, Qiao; Zhang, Zhuo; Guo, Fei; Lü, Heng; Bi, Kun; Huang, Chang-Chun; Guo, Yu-Long

    2013-01-01

    Chlorophyll a concentration is one of the important parameters for the characterization of water quality, which reflects the degree of eutrophication and algae content in the water body. It is also an important factor in determining water spectral reflectance. Chlorophyll a concentration is an important water quality parameter in water quality remote sensing. Remote sensing quantitative retrieval of chlorophyll a concentration can provide new ideas and methods for the monitoring and evaluation of lake water quality. In this work, we developed a data assimilation scheme based on ensemble square root filters and three-dimensional numerical modeling for wind-driven circulation and pollutant transport to assimilate the concentration of chlorophyll a. We also conducted some assimilation experiments using buoy observation data on May 20, 2010. We estimated the concentration of chlorophyll a in Taihu Lake, and then used this result to forecast the concentration of chlorophyll a. During the assimilation stage, the root mean square error reduced from 1.58, 1.025, and 2.76 to 0.465, 0.276, and 1.01, respectively, and the average relative error reduced from 0.2 to 0.05, 0.046, and 0.069, respectively. During the prediction stage, the root mean square error reduced from 1.486, 1.143, and 2.38 to 0.017, 0.147, and 0.23, respectively, and the average relative error reduced from 0.2 to 0.002, 0.025, and 0.019, respectively. The final results indicate that the method of data assimilation can significantly improve the accuracy in the estimation and prediction of chlorophyll a concentration in Taihu Lake.

  10. Defining suitable reference genes for RT-qPCR analysis on human sertoli cells after 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) exposure.

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    Ribeiro, Mariana Antunes; dos Reis, Mariana Bisarro; de Moraes, Leonardo Nazário; Briton-Jones, Christine; Rainho, Cláudia Aparecida; Scarano, Wellerson Rodrigo

    2014-11-01

    Quantitative real-time RT-PCR (qPCR) has proven to be a valuable molecular technique to quantify gene expression. There are few studies in the literature that describe suitable reference genes to normalize gene expression data. Studies of transcriptionally disruptive toxins, like tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), require careful consideration of reference genes. The present study was designed to validate potential reference genes in human Sertoli cells after exposure to TCDD. 32 candidate reference genes were analyzed to determine their applicability. geNorm and NormFinder softwares were used to obtain an estimation of the expression stability of the 32 genes and to identify the most suitable genes for qPCR data normalization.

  11. [Quantitative retrieval of chlorophyll a concentration in Taihu Lake using machine learning methods].

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    Zhang, Yu-Chao; Qian, Xin; Qian, Yu; Liu, Jian-Ping; Kong, Fan-Xiang

    2009-05-15

    We evaluated the performance of two machine learning methods, artificial neural net (ANN) and support vector machine (SVM), for estimation of chlorophyll a in Taihu Lake from remote sensing data. The theoretical analysis has been done from basic theory and learning target of these two methods first. Then two empirical algorithms have been developed to relate reflectance of MODIS to in situ concentrations of chlorophyll a. The performance of ANN and SVM is comparatively analyzed in terms of validation, stability and robustness assessment and chlorophyll a distribution of Taihu Lake from two algorithms. The root of mean square deviation (RMSE) and average relative error (ARE) of validation data is only 5.85 and 26.5% of SVM retrieval model, however, RMSE and ARE of ANN model is 13.04 and 46.8%. Stability and robustness assessment suggest that SVM provides the better performance than ANN. And the retrieval results show that the chlorophyll a distribution of the whole lake from two algorithms is similar, however, the chlorophyll a concentration in the eastern region and central region of Taihu Lake is distorted by ANN model because of the limitations, such as learning target setting and over-learning in net construction.

  12. The seasonal variation of dissolved nutrients, chlorophyll a and suspended sediments at Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island

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    Muslim, Ir; Jones, Graham

    2003-06-01

    A seasonal study of dissolved nutrients and chlorophyll a at Nelly Bay, Magnetic Island, in the central Great Barrier Reef (GBR) during 1993-1994, one of the driest climatic years in the previous century is reported. Comparison of nutrient concentrations in Nelly Bay with previous measurements suggest that significant changes in chlorophyll a, ammonium, and total dissolved nitrogen levels has occurred at this site during the last 5-6 years, prior to this study. Chlorophyll a was significantly correlated with suspended sediments ( r=0.49, P<0.001), and dissolved inorganic phosphate (DIP) ( r=0.47, P<0.001) throughout the study, with the correlations improving during high winds, for suspended sediments ( r=0.89, P<0.001) and DIP ( r=0.57, P<0.001). A highly significant correlation between DIP and chlorophyll a suggests that DIP is the main limiting nutrient in the bay. This correlation is weighted to the presence of Trichodesmium, a cyanobacterium that blooms prolifically in the GBR, and whose abundance was significantly correlated with low wind strength ( r=-0.72, P<0.02), chlorophyll a ( r=0.65), DIP ( r=0.82), and suspended sediments ( r=0.64, P<0.02-0.05).

  13. The calculated in vitro and in vivo chlorophyll a absorption bandshape.

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    Zucchelli, Giuseppe; Jennings, Robert C; Garlaschi, Flavio M; Cinque, Gianfelice; Bassi, Roberto; Cremonesi, Oliviero

    2002-01-01

    The room temperature absorption bandshape for the Q transition region of chlorophyll a is calculated using the vibrational frequency modes and Franck-Condon (FC) factors obtained by line-narrowing spectroscopies of chlorophyll a in a glassy (Rebane and Avarmaa, Chem. Phys. 1982; 68:191-200) and in a native environment (Gillie et al., J. Phys. Chem. 1989; 93:1620-1627) at low temperatures. The calculated bandshapes are compared with the absorption spectra of chlorophyll a measured in two different solvents and with that obtained in vivo by a mutational analysis of a chlorophyll-protein complex. It is demonstrated that the measured distributions of FC factors can account for the absorption bandshape of chlorophyll a in a hexacoordinated state, whereas, when pentacoordinated, reduced FC coupling for vibrational frequencies in the range 540-850 cm(-1) occurs. The FC factor distribution for pentacoordinated chlorophyll also describes the native chlorophyll a spectrum but, in this case, either a low-frequency mode (nu < 200 cm(-1)) must be added or else the 262-cm(-1) mode must increase in coupling by about one order of magnitude to describe the skewness of the main absorption bandshape. PMID:11751324

  14. [Monitoring of the Moskva River Water Using Microbiological Parameters and Chlorophyll a Fluorescence].

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    Mosharova, I V; Il'inskii, V V; Matorin, D N; Mosharov, S A; Akulova, A Yu; Protopopov, F F

    2015-01-01

    The results of investigations of three Moskva River sites with different degree of pollution using a complex of microbiological characteristics and the parameters of chlorophyll a fluorescence are presented. We determined that the bacterioplankton seasonal dynamics at less polluted waters (Tushino and Vorobyovy Gory) were similar and differed significantly from one in more polluted waters (Dzerzhinskii). The number of bacteria with active electron transport chain, as well as their share in the bacterioplankton structure, was higher in the water of Dzerzhinskii (average annual values of 0.23 x 10(6) cells/mL and 14%), that in the less polluted water of Tushino and Vorobyovy Gory (0.14 x 10(6) cells/mL; 6% and 0.15 x 10(6) cells/mL; 7%, respectively). From April to October, the content of chlorophyll a and its photosynthetic activity were the highest in Tushino. In Dzerzhinskii, during spring the increase in photosynthetic activity commenced earlier and was more intensive that the increase in chlorophyll a content, i.e., the increase in phytoplankton biomass was temporarily suppressed. We suggest association of this phenomenon with suppression of organic matter synthesis by phytoplankton due to the high water pollution in Dzerzhinskii. The second autumn peak of chlorophyll a content, that was typical of clear water and was observed in Tushino, did not occur in Dzerzhinskii. We recommend combined application of these microbiological parameters and characteristics of chlorophyll a fluorescence for a monitoring.

  15. Estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters using airborne hyperspectral data.

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    Moses, Wesley J; Gitelson, Anatoly A; Perk, Richard L; Gurlin, Daniela; Rundquist, Donald C; Leavitt, Bryan C; Barrow, Tadd M; Brakhage, Paul

    2012-03-15

    Algorithms based on red and near infra-red (NIR) reflectances measured using field spectrometers have been previously shown to yield accurate estimates of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters, irrespective of variations in the bio-optical characteristics of water. The objective of this study was to investigate the performance of NIR-red models when applied to multi-temporal airborne reflectance data acquired by the hyperspectral sensor, Airborne Imaging Spectrometer for Applications (AISA), with non-uniform atmospheric effects across the dates of data acquisition. The results demonstrated the capability of the NIR-red models to capture the spatial distribution of chlorophyll-a in surface waters without the need for atmospheric correction. However, the variable atmospheric effects did affect the accuracy of chlorophyll-a retrieval. Two atmospheric correction procedures, namely, Fast Line-of-sight Atmospheric Adjustment of Spectral Hypercubes (FLAASH) and QUick Atmospheric Correction (QUAC), were applied to AISA data and their results were compared. QUAC produced a robust atmospheric correction, which led to NIR-red algorithms that were able to accurately estimate chlorophyll-a concentration, with a root mean square error of 5.54 mg m(-3) for chlorophyll-a concentrations in the range 2.27-81.17 mg m(-3). Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Low Temperature STM Manipulation and Spectroscopy of Chlorophyll-a Single Molecules from Spinach

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    Benson, Jessica J.; Iancu, Violeta; Deshpande, Aparna; Hla, Saw-Wai

    2004-04-01

    We interrogate single chlorophyll-a, a molecule produced from Spinach, on Cu(111) surface to check its mechanical stability and electronic properties using an ultra-high-vacuum low-temperature scanning-tunneling-microscope (UHV-LT-STM) at liquid helium temperatures. The measured results of isolated single chlorophyll-a molecules are then compared with that of self-assembled molecular layer. The tunneling I/V and dI/dV spectroscopy techniques are used to probe the electronic properties of the chlorophyll-a molecule with atomic precision (1). These spectroscopic investigations elucidate properties of the single molecule such as the band gap and additional molecular orbital states. Mechanical stability of the chlorophyll-a molecule is examined using lateral manipulation techniques with the STM tip (2). In this procedure, the STM tip is placed in close proximity to the molecule (just a few angstrom separation) to increase the tip-molecule interaction. Then the tip is laterally moved across the surface, which results in pulling of the chlorophyll-a molecule to relocate to the specific surface sites. The detailed molecule movement during this manipulation is directly monitored through the corresponding STM-tip height signals. Our results highlight that the Spinach molecule is a promising candidate for environmental friendly nano-electronic device applications. (1) F. Moresco et al, Phy. Rev. Lett. 86, 672-675, (2001) (2) S-W. Hla, K-H. Rieder, Ann. Phy. Chem. 54, 307-330, (2003)

  17. Sea ice algae chlorophyll a concentrations derived from under-ice spectral radiation profiling platforms

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    Lange, Benjamin A.; Katlein, Christian; Nicolaus, Marcel; Peeken, Ilka; Flores, Hauke

    2016-12-01

    Multiscale sea ice algae observations are fundamentally important for projecting changes to sea ice ecosystems, as the physical environment continues to change. In this study, we developed upon previously established methodologies for deriving sea ice-algal chlorophyll a concentrations (chl a) from spectral radiation measurements, and applied these to larger-scale spectral surveys. We conducted four different under-ice spectral measurements: irradiance, radiance, transmittance, and transflectance, and applied three statistical approaches: Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOF), Normalized Difference Indices (NDI), and multi-NDI. We developed models based on ice core chl a and coincident spectral irradiance/transmittance (N = 49) and radiance/transflectance (N = 50) measurements conducted during two cruises to the central Arctic Ocean in 2011 and 2012. These reference models were ranked based on two criteria: mean robustness R2 and true prediction error estimates. For estimating the biomass of a large-scale data set, the EOF approach performed better than the NDI, due to its ability to account for the high variability of environmental properties experienced over large areas. Based on robustness and true prediction error, the three most reliable models, EOF-transmittance, EOF-transflectance, and NDI-transmittance, were applied to two remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and two Surface and Under-Ice Trawl (SUIT) spectral radiation surveys. In these larger-scale chl a estimates, EOF-transmittance showed the best fit to ice core chl a. Application of our most reliable model, EOF-transmittance, to an 85 m horizontal ROV transect revealed large differences compared to published biomass estimates from the same site with important implications for projections of Arctic-wide ice-algal biomass and primary production.

  18. Mixed layer depth and chlorophyll a: Profiling float observations in the Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension region

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    Itoh, Sachihiko; Yasuda, Ichiro; Saito, Hiroaki; Tsuda, Atsushi; Komatsu, Kosei

    2015-11-01

    Variability in the chlorophyll a concentration (Chl) in relation to fluctuations in the mixed layer (ML) was investigated together with turbidity (Tur) in the Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension region, using profiling floats. A particular focus was the validity of two hypotheses concerning the spring bloom: the critical depth hypothesis (CDH) and the recently proposed alternative, the disturbance-recovery hypothesis (DRH). During the period from winter to early spring, Chl and Tur integrated over the photosynthetically active layer (PL; defined as the greatest depth of the ML and the euphotic layer) increased with increasing PL depth (PLD), indicating an increase in the phytoplankton biomass. This result is partly consistent with the DRH in that the observed increase in biomass was not explained by an increase in production. Instead, it was more likely attributable to a reduction in the loss rate. However, theoretical analyses revealed that grazer dilution alone could not cause this increase in biomass because such an increase in the ML in the real ocean (as opposed to a dilution experiment within a bottle) would cause a reduction in the mean light intensity. Despite the loss-controlled fluctuation in biomass during the period of low light, a production-driven fluctuation in biomass was also revealed. This occurred when the light intensity was elevated, particularly after late spring, and was consistent with the CDH. Thus, the present study suggests that both the production-driven and loss-driven hypotheses are responsible for the dynamics of the phytoplankton dynamics from winter to spring in the Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension region.

  19. Four wavelength lidar applied to determination of chlorophyll a concentration and algae color group

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    Jarrett, O., Jr.; Mumola, P. B.; Brown, C. A., Jr.

    1973-01-01

    A technique for remote measurement of chlorophyll a density and determination of algae color group is described. In vivo fluorescence measurements of chlorophyll a for four color groups of algae (green, golden-brown, red, and blue-green) are described, and representative spectra are shown. The lidar equation is developed for the general case of a mixture of color groups showing the need for multicolor excitation. The lidar instrument which has been designed and fabricated at Langley Research Center for helicopter flights over surrounding portions of the Chesapeake Bay is described. The lidar package contains a unique four-color dye laser which permits multicolor excitation of chlorophyll a fluorescence from the various color groups of algae.

  20. Four wavelength lidar applied to determination of chlorophyll a concentration and algae color group

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    Jarrett, O., Jr.; Mumola, P. B.; Brown, C. A., Jr.

    1973-01-01

    A technique for remote measurement of chlorophyll a density and determination of algae color group is described. In vivo fluorescence measurements of chlorophyll a for four color groups of algae (green, golden-brown, red, and blue-green) are described, and representative spectra are shown. The lidar equation is developed for the general case of a mixture of color groups showing the need for multicolor excitation. The lidar instrument which has been designed and fabricated at Langley Research Center for helicopter flights over surrounding portions of the Chesapeake Bay is described. The lidar package contains a unique four-color dye laser which permits multicolor excitation of chlorophyll a fluorescence from the various color groups of algae.

  1. Multiwavelength LIDAR for remote sensing of chlorophyll A in algae and phytoplankton

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    Mumola, P. B.; Jarrett, O., Jr.; Brown, C. A., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    A theoretical and experimental analysis of laser induced fluorescence for remote detection of chlorophyll A in living algae and phytoplankton is presented. The fluorescent properties of various species of algae representative of the different color groups are described. Laboratory measurements of fluorescent scattering cross sections is discussed and quantitive data presented. A scattering matrix model is developed to demonstrate the essential requirement of multiwavelength laser excitation in order to make accurate quantitative measurements of chlorophyll A concentration when more than one color group of algae is present in the water. A practical airborne laser fluorosensor design is considered and analysis of field data discussed. Successful operation of the Langley ALOPE (airborne LIDAR oceanographic probing experiment) system is described and field measurements presented. Accurate knowledge of alpha, the optical attenuation coefficient of the water, is shown to be essential for quantitative analysis of chlorophyll A concentration. The feasibility of remotely measuring alpha by laser radar is discussed.

  2. Defining Nutrient and Biochemical Oxygen Demand Baselines for Tropical Rivers and Streams in São Paulo State (Brazil): A Comparison Between Reference and Impacted Sites

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    Cunha, Davi G. F.; Dodds, Walter K.; Carmo Calijuri, Maria Do

    2011-11-01

    Determining reference concentrations in rivers and streams is an important tool for environmental management. Reference conditions for eutrophication-related water variables are unavailable for Brazilian freshwaters. We aimed to establish reference baselines for São Paulo State tropical rivers and streams for total phosphorus (TP) and nitrogen (TN), nitrogen-ammonia (NH4 +) and Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) through the best professional judgment and the trisection methods. Data from 319 sites monitored by the São Paulo State Environmental Company (2005 to 2009) and from the 22 Water Resources Management Units in São Paulo State were assessed ( N = 27,131). We verified that data from different management units dominated by similar land cover could be analyzed together (Analysis of Variance, P = 0.504). Cumulative frequency diagrams showed that industrialized management units were characterized by the worst water quality (e.g. average TP of 0.51 mg/L), followed by agricultural watersheds. TN and NH4 + were associated with urban percentages and population density (Spearman Rank Correlation Test, P < 0.05). Best professional judgment and trisection (median of lower third of all sites) methods for determining reference concentrations showed agreement: 0.03 & 0.04 mg/L (TP), 0.31 & 0.34 mg/L (TN), 0.06 & 0.10 mg-N/L (NH4 +) and 2 & 2 mg/L (BOD), respectively. Our reference concentrations were similar to TP and TN reference values proposed for temperate water bodies. These baselines can help with water management in São Paulo State, as well as providing some of the first such information for tropical ecosystems.

  3. Defining nutrient and biochemical oxygen demand baselines for tropical rivers and streams in São Paulo State (Brazil): a comparison between reference and impacted sites.

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    Cunha, Davi G F; Dodds, Walter K; Carmo Calijuri, Maria do

    2011-11-01

    Determining reference concentrations in rivers and streams is an important tool for environmental management. Reference conditions for eutrophication-related water variables are unavailable for Brazilian freshwaters. We aimed to establish reference baselines for São Paulo State tropical rivers and streams for total phosphorus (TP) and nitrogen (TN), nitrogen-ammonia (NH(4) (+)) and Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) through the best professional judgment and the trisection methods. Data from 319 sites monitored by the São Paulo State Environmental Company (2005 to 2009) and from the 22 Water Resources Management Units in São Paulo State were assessed (N = 27,131). We verified that data from different management units dominated by similar land cover could be analyzed together (Analysis of Variance, P = 0.504). Cumulative frequency diagrams showed that industrialized management units were characterized by the worst water quality (e.g. average TP of 0.51 mg/L), followed by agricultural watersheds. TN and NH(4) (+) were associated with urban percentages and population density (Spearman Rank Correlation Test, P < 0.05). Best professional judgment and trisection (median of lower third of all sites) methods for determining reference concentrations showed agreement: 0.03 & 0.04 mg/L (TP), 0.31 & 0.34 mg/L (TN), 0.06 & 0.10 mg-N/L (NH(4) (+)) and 2 & 2 mg/L (BOD), respectively. Our reference concentrations were similar to TP and TN reference values proposed for temperate water bodies. These baselines can help with water management in São Paulo State, as well as providing some of the first such information for tropical ecosystems.

  4. Neural network-based estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in coastal waters

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    Musavi, Mohamad T.; Miller, Richard L.; Ressom, Habtom; Natarajan, Padma

    2002-01-01

    The estimation of chlorophyll-a is one of the key indices of monitoring the phytoplankton populations. In this paper, an approach for estimating chlorophyll-a concentration using a neural network model is prose. A dat set assembled form various sources during the SeaWiFS Bio-optical Algorithm Mini-Workshop containing coincident in-situ chlorophyll and remote sensing reflectance measurements is used to evaluate the efficacy of the proposed neural network model. The data comprises of 919 stations and has chlorophyll-a concentrations ranging between 0.019 and 32.79 (mu) g/l. There are approximately 20 observations form more turbid coastal waters. A feed-forward neural network model with 10 noes in the hidden layer has been constructed to estimate chlorophyll-a concentration. The remote sensing reflectances form five SeaWiFS wavelengths are used as inputs to our model. The network is trained using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. A neural network model can deal with non-linear relationships more accurately. Neural networks can effectively include variables that tend to co-vary non- linearly relationships more accurately. Neural networks can effectively include variables that tend to co-vary non- linearly with the output variable. They are flexible towards the choice of inputs and are tolerant to noise and require no a priori knowledge about the effect of these parameters. This makes them an ideal candidate for estimating chlorophyll-a concentration in coastal waters, where the presence of suspended sediments, detritus, and dissolved organic matter creates an optically complex situation. By allowing the neural network model to include several optical parameters as additional inputs to account for the scattering and absorption phenomena the model can be extended to estimate chlorophyll-a concentration turbid coastal waters.

  5. The upper limit of the reference range for thyroid-stimulating hormone should not be confused with a cut-off to define subclinical hypothyroidism.

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    Waise, Ahmed; Price, Hermione C

    2009-03-01

    The upper limit of the reference range for serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is used to assist in identifying individuals with hypothyroidism. Improvements in TSH assays have led to better definition of the lower limit of the reference range, but the upper limit of the range for a healthy population is currently a topic of some debate. Population studies have improved our understanding of the clinical implications of elevated serum TSH concentrations in terms of future progression to hypothyroidism, but have not yet fully elucidated the correlation of modestly elevated TSH levels with long-term morbidity. This paper will review the current debate including the arguments for and against reducing the upper limit of the TSH range, whether such a level should be based on evidence from epidemiological studies, and the implications of categorizing large numbers of people with subclinical hypothyroidism. The impact of using different methodologies for the measurement of TSH and the inherent variability of results on reference ranges is also discussed. We argue that the reference range for TSH should be assay-specific and be determined by standard techniques in normal populations as recommended by the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry. In contrast, we suggest that a decision level be determined separately from epidemiological studies to identify a population with subclinical hypothyroidism. Serial monitoring of TSH in this population deserves further study as a means of identifying those at risk of progressing to frank hypothyroidism and meriting treatment.

  6. Analysis of variance, normal quantile-quantile correlation and effective expression support of pooled expression ratio of reference genes for defining expression stability.

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    Priyadarshi, Himanshu; Das, Rekha; Kumar, Shivendra; Kishore, Pankaj; Kumar, Sujit

    2017-01-01

    Identification of a reference gene unaffected by the experimental conditions is obligatory for accurate measurement of gene expression through relative quantification. Most existing methods directly analyze variability in crossing point (Cp) values of reference genes and fail to account for template-independent factors that affect Cp values in their estimates. We describe the use of three simple statistical methods namely analysis of variance (ANOVA), normal quantile-quantile correlation (NQQC) and effective expression support (EES), on pooled expression ratios of reference genes in a panel to overcome this issue. The pooling of expression ratios across the genes in the panel nullify the sample specific effects uniformly affecting all genes that are falsely reflected as instability. Our methods also offer the flexibility to include sample specific PCR efficiencies in estimations, when available, for improved accuracy. Additionally, we describe a correction factor from the ANOVA method to correct the relative fold change of a target gene if no truly stable reference gene could be found in the analyzed panel. The analysis is described on a synthetic data set to simplify the explanation of the statistical treatment of data.

  7. Quantitative mapping of chlorophyll a distributions in coastal zones by remote sensing

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    Johnson, R. W.

    1977-01-01

    Results of experiments conducted in the James River, Virginia and the New York Bight indicate that concurrently collected sea-truth measurements may be used to calibrate remotely sensed multispectral scanner data collected over each of these environmentally different scenes. Statistical stepwise regression analysis was used in both experiments to incorporate significant bands of MSS data into regression equations that quantitatively relate remotely sensed data to water quality parameters, such as chlorophyll a and suspended sediment. These regression equations are used to map synoptic distributions of chlorophyll a in the remotely sensed scenes.

  8. Isolation of chlorophylls a and b from spinach by counter-current chromatography.

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    Jubert, Carole; Bailey, George

    2007-01-26

    A method for the isolation of chlorophylls from spinach by counter-current chromatography was developed. An initial extraction protocol was devised to avoid the notorious sensitivity of chlorophylls to degradation by light, heat, oxygen, acids and bases. Further purification and separation of chlorophylls a and b were achieved using counter-current chromatography. Chlorophyll structures and purities were established by HPLC, fast atom bombardment mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance. Purity was estimated to be >95% (100% by HPLC). Typical yields from 30g of freeze-dried spinach were 300mg of chlorophyll a and 100mg of chlorophyll b.

  9. Chlorophyll-a Photosynthesis and Mg Isotope Fractionation

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    Black, J.; Yin, Q.; Casey, B. H.

    2006-12-01

    Mg is the metal center of all the chlorophyll pigments and therefore at the center of the process of photosynthesis. Chlorophyll (Chl) is often used as a biomarker of photosynthesis and is an enormous contributor to the global carbon cycle. Biosynthetic processes fractionate isotopes of light elements and this led us to examine the isotopic composition of Mg in Chl, as another potential biomarker. Here we detail the Mg isotopic composition of Chl-a, extracted from cultures of Synechococcus elongatus, and the culture medium (Black et al., 2006). After Chl extraction, the Mg was liberated from Chl and purified on cation-exchange columns, with a final yield of 100 ± 5%. ^{26}Mg/^{24}Mg and ^{25}Mg/^{24}Mg, were measured relative to Cambridge 1 and DSM3 standards by a standard-sample-bracketing technique on an MC-ICP-MS (Nu Instruments Ltd). We have measured the average isotopic fractionation of Mg from six samples of Chl-a from early growth phase and 4 samples from late growth phase, 9 samples of the culture medium and the Cambridge 1 Std, all relative to the DSM3 Std. We demonstrate for the first time that there is a clearly resolved depletion in the heavy isotopes of Mg in Chl-a relative to the culture medium (Δ^{26}Mg =-0.61‰; Δ^{25}Mg =-0.30‰). The heavy isotope depletion observed may be caused by chelation effects during the biosynthesis of Chl-a. We are now evaluating two hypotheses about the cause of the fractionation. One hypothesis is that the insertion step induces a fractionation via the Mg- chelatase enzyme. The second is that transport into the cell, such as via an ion channel, causes the fractionation. In either case, no difference between Chl-a and Chl-b is anticipated. Experiments and field studies are underway to examine these ideas. References Black, J., Yin, Q.-Z., Casey, W.H., 2006. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 70, 4072-4079.

  10. Vertical nutrient fluxes, turbulence and the distribution of chlorophyll a in the north-eastern North Sea

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    Bendtsen, Jørgen; Richardson, Katherine

    2017-04-01

    During summer the northern North Sea is characterized by nutrient rich bottom water masses and nutrient poor surface layers. This explains the distribution of chlorophyll a in the water column where a subsurface maximum, referred to as the deep chlorophyll maximum (DCM), often is present during the growth season. Vertical transport of nutrients between bottom water masses and the well lit surface layer stimulates phytoplankton growth and this generally explains the location of the DCM. However, a more specific understanding of the interplay between vertical transports, nutrient fluxes and phytoplankton abundance is required for identifying the nature of the vertical transport processes, e.g the role of advection versus vertical turbulent diffusion or the role of localized mixing associated with mesoscale eddies. We present results from the VERMIX study in the north-eastern North Sea where nutrients, chlorophyll a and turbulence profiles were measured along five north-south directed transects in July 2016. A high-resolution sampling program, with horizontal distances of 1-10 km between CTD-stations, resolved the horizontal gradients of chlorophyll a across the steep bottom slope from the relatively shallow central North Sea ( 50-80 m) towards the deep Norwegian Trench (>700 m). Low oxygen concentrations in the bottom water masses above the slope indicated enhanced biological production where vertical mixing would stimulate phytoplankton growth around the DCM. Measurements of variable fluorescence (Fv/Fm) showed elevated values in the DCM which demonstrates a higher potential for electron transport in the Photosystem II in the phytoplankton cells, i.e. an indication of nutrient-rich conditions favorable for phytoplankton production. Profiles of the vertical shear and microstructure of temperature and salinity were measured by a VMP-250 turbulence profiler and the vertical diffusion of nutrients was calculated from the estimated vertical turbulent diffusivity and the

  11. Chlorophyll a reconstruction from in situ measurements: 2. Marked carbon uptake decrease in the last century

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    Fründt, B.; Dippner, J. W.; Schulz-Bull, D. E.; Waniek, J. J.

    2015-02-01

    A chlorophyll a hindcast in the Madeira Basin from 1871 to 2008 was used to analyze the long-term variability in the oligotrophic, subtropical gyres in relation to the climate change of the last century. The deep chlorophyll maximum (DCM), as dominant pattern of the chlorophyll a field, showed a fast decrease in its strength in the 1940s. An absolute minimum was reached between 1967 and 1973 when no DCM established with a recovering to the end of the time series. Long-term variability of the DCM was related to the North Atlantic Oscillation with a time delay of 9 years. The marked decrease in the 1940s was correlated to the drop of the solar radiation in transition from early brightening to global dimming. Caused by the influence of the solar radiation and maybe related to increasing global temperatures in the last century, the integrated chlorophyll a concentration decreased by about 0.7 mg m-2 in 2008 compared to 1871. The high-resolved chlorophyll a hindcast allowed an estimation of the carbon uptake by the ocean due to primary production in the euphotic zone. A rough calculation over the area of the global subtropical oceans showed 700 megaton less carbon uptake in 2008.

  12. Algae (Microcystis and Scenedesmus) absorption spectra and its application on Chlorophyll a retrieval

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    Wu, Di; Chen, Maosi; Wang, Qiao; Gao, Wei

    2013-12-01

    Blue algae and green algae are the dominant phytoplankton groups that contribute to the eutrophication and the water bloom in inland water of China. The absorption coefficients (spectra) of the algae, which do not change with its intrinsic optical characteristics and the observation geometry, are strictly additive quantities. The characteristics of the absorption spectra of the two algae are presented. The pure blue algae and the pure green algae cultured in the laboratory environment are diluted and mixed at ten volume ratios. The Quantitative Filter Technique was applied to measure their absorption spectra. The "hot-ethanol extraction" method was chosen to calculate their concentration of Chlorophyll a. The retrieval algorithm developed in this study extracts the mapping information between each individual alga and their Chlorophyll a concentration via Continuous Wavelet Transform, and retrieves the Chlorophyll a concentration of each alga in their mixture using a trust region optimizer. The results show that the retrieved and the measured Chlorophyll a concentrations of the blue algae and the green algae components in the ten mixture match well with the average relative error of 5.55%.

  13. Cross-system comparison of factors influencing chlorophyll-a concentration in Oregon estuaries

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    Water column chlorophyll-a (chla) is a proxy for phytoplankton biomass and is often used as a biological response indicator of eutrophication. Although watershed nutrient loading may influence chla concentration in estuaries, factors such as freshwater inflow, residence time, and...

  14. Preparation of native and recombinant light-harvesting chlorophyll-a/b complex.

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    Rühle, Wolfgang; Paulsen, Harald

    2011-01-01

    Procedures to isolate native light-harvesting chlorophyll-a/b complex (LHCIIb) and to reconstitute recombinant LHCIIb are described. Separation of trimeric from monomeric forms and free pigment by sucrose density-gradient ultracentrifugation can be applied to both native and reconstituted complexes. The preparations are characterized by their pigment composition, protein pattern, and spectral properties.

  15. CHLOROPHYLL A DISTRIBUTION IN NARRAGANSETT BAY, RI: USING A SPECTRAL CURVATURE ALGORITHM

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    Chlorophyll a, a primary indicator of eutrophication in estuarine waters, varies enough in time and space to create spatial problems when monitored by satellite, and temporal problems when measured with in situ field programs. Using aircraft to sense ocean color of local waters, ...

  16. Cross-system comparison of factors influencing chlorophyll-a concentration in Oregon estuaries

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    Water column chlorophyll-a (chla) is a proxy for phytoplankton biomass and is often used as a biological response indicator of eutrophication. Although watershed nutrient loading may influence chla concentration in estuaries, factors such as freshwater inflow, residence time, and...

  17. High temperature stress monitoring and detection using chlorophyll a fluorescence and infrared thermography in chrysanthemum (Dendranthema grandiflora).

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    Janka, Eshetu; Körner, Oliver; Rosenqvist, Eva; Ottosen, Carl-Otto

    2013-06-01

    Modern highly insulated greenhouses are more energy efficient than conventional types. Furthermore applying dynamic greenhouse climate control regimes will increase energy efficiency relatively more in modern structures. However, this combination may result in higher air and crop temperatures. Too high temperature affects the plant photosynthetic responses, resulting in a lower rate of photosynthesis. To predict and analyse physiological responses as stress indicators, two independent experiments were conducted, to detect the effect of high temperature on photosynthesis: analysing photosystem II (PSII) and stomatal conductance (gs). A combination of chlorophyll a fluorescence, gas exchange measurements and infrared thermography was applied using Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema grandiflora Tzvelev) 'Coral Charm' as a model species. Increasing temperature had a highly significant effect on PSII when the temperature exceeded 38 °C for a period of 7 (±1.8) days. High temperature decreased the maximum photochemical efficiency of PSII (Fv/Fm), the conformation term for primary photochemistry (Fv/Fo) and performance index (PI), as well as increased minimal fluorescence (Fo). However, at elevated CO2 of 1000 μmol mol(-1) and with a photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) of 800 μmol m(-2) s(-1), net photosynthesis (Pn) reached its maximum at 35 °C. The thermal index (IG), calculated from the leaf temperature and the temperature of a dry and wet reference leaf, showed a strong correlation with gs. We conclude that 1) chlorophyll a fluorescence and a combination of fluorescence parameters can be used as early stress indicators as well as to detect the temperature limit of PSII damage, and 2) the strong relation between gs and IG enables gs to be estimated non-invasively, which is an important first step in modelling leaf temperature to predict unfavourable growing conditions in a (dynamic) semi closed greenhouse.

  18. MJO (Madden-Julian Oscillation) Analysis of the Chlorophyll-a Distribution in Western Waters Bengkulu

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    Haryanto, Y. D.; Fitrianti, N.; Hartoko, A.; Anggoro, S.; Zainuri, M.

    2017-02-01

    The global phenomenon Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is one of the dominant oscillation in the equatorial region of the Indian Ocean that oscillates between 30-60 days and experience the process of convection movement from west to east. MJO has a correlation of high intensity rainfall of the area in its path. During his journey eastward, the MJO is influenced by the position of the sun. When the sun in the equatorial MJO moves straight east. Meanwhile, when the position of the sun in the south of the equator, MJO shifted slightly to the south of the equator, known as the propagation of the south-east (south-eastern propagation). When the position of the sun is in the north of the equator, MJO shifted slightly to the north of the equator, known as the propagation of the north-east (north-east of propagation). Waters west of Bengkulu has a huge potential in the fisheries sector, which is situated overlooking the Indian Ocean. The phenomenon MJO influence on rainfall, sea surface temperature, and the concentration of chlorophyll-a. This study aims to look at the temporal distribution of sea surface temperature and chlorophyll-a and decide how MJO relationship with SST and precipitation conditions and increasing the amount of chlorophyll during the phase of the MJO in Bengkulu waters. The dataset used is data of chlorophyll-a which download in oceancolor.gfsc.nasa.gov , sea surface temperature data is used is a model of Kaplan Extended V2, RMM1 index data and RMM2 on www.bom.gov.au and rainfall data of Bengkulu region. The method used is descriptive statistical methods, Conditional Probability and logistics regression. From the above explanation can be said that there is a relationship between the incidence of MJO by the number of chlorophyll-a. Odds the addition of chlorophyll-a have a linear relationship with the duration of the incident MJO in Bengkulu, odds increase the amount of chlorophyll-a in Bengkulu region reaches a threshold value of 0.5, it means that the

  19. Comparative Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Serological Assays Using Clinically and Serologically Defined Reference Standards and Latent Class Analysis▿

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    Nascimento, Maria Claudia; de Souza, Vanda Akico; Sumita, Laura Masami; Freire, Wilton; Munoz, Fernando; Kim, Joseph; Pannuti, Claudio S.; Mayaud, Philippe

    2007-01-01

    Accurate determination of infection with Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) has been hindered by the lack of a “gold standard” for comparison of serological assays used to estimate KSHV prevalence in serosurveys conducted in different settings. We have evaluated the performance of five in-house (developed at University College London [UCL], United Kingdom, and at the virology laboratory of the Instituto de Medicine Tropical [IMT] in Sao Paulo, Brazil) and two commercial (ABI and DIAVIR) serological assays to detect antibodies to latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) and to lytic KSHV antigens. We used a variety of serum samples assembled to represent populations likely to be at high, intermediate, and low risk of KSHV infection in Brazil. Composite reference standard panels were prepared based on clinical and serological parameters, against which assay performances were assessed using conventional Bayesian statistics and latent class analysis (LCA). Against the clinical reference standard, in-house immunofluorescence assays to detect anti-LANA antibodies (IFA-LANA) produced at UCL and IMT had similar performances, with sensitivities of 61% (95% confidence interval [CI], 48% to 74%) and 72% (95% CI, 58% to 83%) and specificities of 99% (95% CI, 94% to 100%) and 100% (95% CI, 96% to 100%), respectively, and only the IMT IFA-LANA was included in LCA, together with the IMT IFA-lytic and four enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). The LCA indicated that the IMT whole-virus ELISA performed best (sensitivity, 87% [95% CI, 81% to 91%]; and specificity, 100% [95% CI, 98% to 100%]), confirming the results obtained with the conventional statistical approach. Commercially available ELISA-based tests yielded the lowest specificities using a spectrum of serum samples. The evaluation of KSHV serological assays is warranted before planning serosurveys in various settings. PMID:17182752

  20. Comparative study of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus serological assays using clinically and serologically defined reference standards and latent class analysis.

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    Nascimento, Maria Claudia; de Souza, Vanda Akico; Sumita, Laura Masami; Freire, Wilton; Munoz, Fernando; Kim, Joseph; Pannuti, Claudio S; Mayaud, Philippe

    2007-03-01

    Accurate determination of infection with Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) has been hindered by the lack of a "gold standard" for comparison of serological assays used to estimate KSHV prevalence in serosurveys conducted in different settings. We have evaluated the performance of five in-house (developed at University College London [UCL], United Kingdom, and at the virology laboratory of the Instituto de Medicine Tropical [IMT] in Sao Paulo, Brazil) and two commercial (ABI and DIAVIR) serological assays to detect antibodies to latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) and to lytic KSHV antigens. We used a variety of serum samples assembled to represent populations likely to be at high, intermediate, and low risk of KSHV infection in Brazil. Composite reference standard panels were prepared based on clinical and serological parameters, against which assay performances were assessed using conventional Bayesian statistics and latent class analysis (LCA). Against the clinical reference standard, in-house immunofluorescence assays to detect anti-LANA antibodies (IFA-LANA) produced at UCL and IMT had similar performances, with sensitivities of 61% (95% confidence interval [CI], 48% to 74%) and 72% (95% CI, 58% to 83%) and specificities of 99% (95% CI, 94% to 100%) and 100% (95% CI, 96% to 100%), respectively, and only the IMT IFA-LANA was included in LCA, together with the IMT IFA-lytic and four enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). The LCA indicated that the IMT whole-virus ELISA performed best (sensitivity, 87% [95% CI, 81% to 91%]; and specificity, 100% [95% CI, 98% to 100%]), confirming the results obtained with the conventional statistical approach. Commercially available ELISA-based tests yielded the lowest specificities using a spectrum of serum samples. The evaluation of KSHV serological assays is warranted before planning serosurveys in various settings.

  1. Synoptic relationships between surface Chlorophyll-a and diagnostic pigments specific to phytoplankton functional types

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    Hirata, T.; Hardman-Mountford, N. J.; Brewin, R. J. W.; Aiken, J.; Barlow, R.; Suzuki, K.; Isada, T.; Howell, E.; Hashioka, T.; Noguchi-Aita, M.; Yamanaka, Y.

    2011-02-01

    Error-quantified, synoptic-scale relationships between chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) and phytoplankton pigment groups at the sea surface are presented. A total of ten pigment groups were considered to represent three Phytoplankton Size Classes (PSCs, micro-, nano- and picoplankton) and seven Phytoplankton Functional Types (PFTs, i.e. diatoms, dinoflagellates, green algae, prymnesiophytes (haptophytes), pico-eukaryotes, prokaryotes and Prochlorococcus sp.). The observed relationships between Chl-a and PSCs/PFTs were well-defined at the global scale to show that a community shift of phytoplankton at the basin and global scales is reflected by a change in Chl-a of the total community. Thus, Chl-a of the total community can be used as an index of not only phytoplankton biomass but also of their community structure. Within these relationships, we also found non-monotonic variations with Chl-a for certain pico-sized phytoplankton (pico-eukaryotes, Prokaryotes and Prochlorococcus sp.) and nano-sized phytoplankton (Green algae, prymnesiophytes). The relationships were quantified with a least-square fitting approach in order to enable an estimation of the PFTs from Chl-a where PFTs are expressed as a percentage of the total Chl-a. The estimated uncertainty of the relationships depends on both PFT and Chl-a concentration. Maximum uncertainty of 31.8% was found for diatoms at Chl-a = 0.49 mg m-3. However, the mean uncertainty of the relationships over all PFTs was 5.9% over the entire Chl-a range observed in situ (0.02 < Chl-a < 4.26 mg m-3). The relationships were applied to SeaWiFS satellite Chl-a data from 1998 to 2009 to show the global climatological fields of the surface distribution of PFTs. Results show that microplankton are present in the mid and high latitudes, constituting only ~10.9% of the entire phytoplankton community in the mean field for 1998-2009, in which diatoms explain ~7.5%. Nanoplankton are ubiquitous throughout the global surface oceans, except the

  2. Synoptic relationships quantified between surface Chlorophyll-a and diagnostic pigments specific to phytoplankton functional types

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    Hirata, T.; Hardman-Mountford, N. J.; Brewin, R. J. W.; Aiken, J.; Barlow, R.; Suzuki, K.; Isada, T.; Howell, E.; Hashioka, T.; Noguchi-Aita, M.; Yamanaka, Y.

    2010-09-01

    Error-quantified, synoptic-scale relationships between chlorophyll-a (Chla) and phytoplankton pigment groups at the sea surface are presented. A total of nine pigment groups were considered to represent nine phytoplankton functional types (PFTs) including microplankton, nanoplankton, picoplankton, diatoms, dinoflagellates, green algae, picoeukaryotes, prokaryotes and Prochlorococcus sp. The observed relationships between Chla and pigment groups were well-defined at the global scale to show that Chla can be used as an index of not only phytoplankton abundance but also community structure; large (micro) phytoplankton monotonically increase as Chla increases, whereas the small (pico) phytoplankton community generally decreases. Within these relationships, we also found non-monotonic variations with Chla for certain pico-plankton (pico-eukaryotes, Prokaryotes and Prochlorococcus sp.) and for Green Algae and nano-sized phytoplankton. The relationships were quantified with a least-square fitting approach in order to estimate the PFTs from Chla alone. The estimated uncertainty of the relationships quantified depends on both phytoplankton types and Chla concentration. Maximum uncertainty over all groups (34.7% Chla) was found from diatom at approximately Chla = 1.07 mg m-3. However, the mean uncertainty of the relationships over all groups was 5.8 [% Chla] over the entire Chla range observed (0.02 < Chla < 6.84 mg m-3). The relationships were applied to SeaWiFS satellite Chla data from 1998 to 2009 to show the global climatological fields of the surface distribution of PFTs. Results show that microplankton are present in the mid and high latitudes, constituting ~9.0 [% Chla] of the phytoplankton community at the global surface, in which diatoms explain ~6.0 [% Chla]. Nanoplankton are ubiquious throught much of the global surface oceans except subtropical gyres, acting as a background population, constituting ~44.2 [% Chla]. Picoplankton are mostly limited in subtropical

  3. A study on distribution of chlorophyll-a in the coastal waters of Anzali Port, south Caspian Sea

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    Jamshidi, S.; Abu Bakar, N. Bin

    2011-02-01

    Phytoplankton as chlorophyll-containing organisms is the first step of production in most marine processes and food chains. Nutrient enhancement in the seawater due to the discharge of agricultural, industrial, and urban wastes threatens the Caspian Sea environment. Increasing concentrations of chlorophyll-a in seawater, in reaction to the elevation of nutrient supply can have severely damaging effects on the marine environment of the Caspian. In this research, seasonal variability of the chlorophyll-a concentrations in the western part of the southern coastal waters of the Caspian Sea near Iranian coast was examined using field observations. The data showed that the most chlorophyll-a was found below the sea surface. The thermal stratification in water column and outflow of the Anzali Lagoon affect the chlorophyll-a concentrations in the region. Concentrations of chlorophyll-a were recorded in midsummer in a range of 0.2-3.4 mg m-3.

  4. Variability of satellite derived chlorophyll-a in the southern Caspian Sea following an invasion of ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi

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    Moradi, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    The comb jellyfish Mnemiopsis leidyi invaded vastly the whole Caspian Sea in summer 2001. Sea-viewing wide field-of-view sensor and moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite data from 1998 to 2006 and bio-optical field measurements along six transects in the southern Caspian Sea from 2001 to 2006 were used to detect the relationships between M. leidyi abundances with satellite driven sea surface temperature (SST) and chlorophyll-a. MODIS chlorophyll-a and SST monthly composite average value showed a positive linear correlation with M. leidyi abundance in the southern Caspian Sea. Spatiotemporal distribution of MODIS chlorophyll-a high-level patches (˜5 mg.m-3) were also confirmed with the highest recorded M. leidyi and the lowest zooplankton abundances. However, there are several other factors that affect the concentration of chlorophyll-a, and it is not clear how much of the chlorophyll-a variation is related to M. leidyi abundances.

  5. The Characterization of Chlorophyll-A and Microalgae Isolation Process of Wastewater Collected at Sembrong Dam

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    Wellson, R.; Othman, N.; Matias-Peralta, H. M.

    2016-07-01

    Recently, there has been an increasing number of river water quality deterioration that has brought into water quality disruptions that entering dams including in Johor and one of them is occurred in Sembrong Dam in Johor. Sembrong Dam is a major water source for some 120,000 people in the districts of Kluang and parts of Batu Pahat. The quality of water in Sembrong should be well-monitored in ensuring the continuous distribution of clean and safe water supply to peoples. Based on the news reported by The Star news dated on 11 May 2015, the water bodies in Sembrong Dam are polluted by the algae blooms which has started to cause problems in treating water phase by clogging up the filters and causing the production to be reduced and finally resulting in frequent water disruptions to residents. Therefore, there is a need to study the water quality of the dam water prior to further water treatment. One of important characterizations is by measuring chlorophyll-a and the isolation of the dominant microalgae species in the water body in which they are able to indicate the level of water pollution. This paper presents the determination of chlorophyll-a and the isolation of microalgae strains collected from Sembrong Dam. Chlorophyll-a is a photosynthetic pigment present in all species of phytoplankton, including algae and in some photosynthetic bacteria, known as cyanobacteria. The method used in measuring the chlorophyll-a is based on the standard method of IS0 10 260. The average chlorophyll-a concentration measured at Sembrong Dam is 175.9 µg L-1 and it is responsible for the appearance of green color in the sample and it is categorized into hypereutrophic state which is highly polluted. The technique used for isolation of microalgae strains is traditional method which is by spreading the sample on agar. The pure isolate indicated that the genus Botryococcus is the dominant algae species which is characterized morphologically. Both chlorophyll-a and microalgae

  6. [A Three Band Chlorophyll-a Concentration Estimation Model Based on GOCI Imagery].

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    Guo, Yu-long; Li, Yun-mei; Li, Yuan; Lü, Heng; Liu, Ge; Wang, Xu-dong; Zhang, Si-min

    2015-09-01

    A GOCI-based three band model is proposed for chlorophyll-a concentration estimation based on the classical three band model. The model was built based on 289 in-situ measured chlorophyll-a concentration and hyperspectral spectrums-simulated GOCI spectrums, and was compared with MERIS-based three band model and GOCI band ratio model. At last, the model was validated using several GOCI images and an independent in-situ sampling dataset. The results showed that: (1) For the current dataset, the ratio of aph (680) and aph (660) was relatively stable. (2) The GOCI-based three band algorithm had a similar performance with MERIS-based three band algorithm in the modeling dataset. The R2 value of the GOCI-based three band model was 0. 809, which was a little lower than that of the MERIS-based three band model (R2 = 0. 820), but was obviously higher than that of GOCI band ratio model (R2 = 0. 450). (3) The performance of GOCI-based three band model in the validation dataset was similar with that in the modeling dataset, which was close to that of the MERIS-based three band model, and significantly better than that of GOCI band ratio model. (4) The GOCI image data validation indicated that GOCI band ratio model would clearly underestimate chlorophyll-a concentration in Taihu Lake. The spatial difference of chlorophyll-a concentration that yielded by the band ratio model was not clear. Compared with the widely used band ratio algorithm, the GOCI-based three band algorithm has higher stability, better accuracy, and stronger potential in application.

  7. Monolayers and multilayers of chlorophyll [correction of chlorophyl] a on a mercury electrode.

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    Moncelli, M R; Becucci, L; Dolfi, A; Tadini Buoninsegni, F; Agostiano, A

    2002-05-15

    A novel experimental technique used to investigate chlorophyll films on a hanging mercury drop electrode is described. Two different procedures are employed to prepare self-assembled chlorophyll monolayers and multilayers on the mercury electrode. Upon illuminating the chlorophyll a (Chl)-coated mercury electrode with an appropriate light source, the photocurrents generated by the Chl aggregates are measured under short-circuit conditions in the absence of photoartefacts. The preliminary results obtained by this novel technique are presented.

  8. An Evaluation of an In Situ Fluorometer for the Estimation of Chlorophyll a

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    1993-05-01

    acidification ) was measured on a Turner 111 fluorometer calibrated using pure chlorophyll a. Laboratory Calibration. For the phytoplankton culture, we used...Whitledge and Wirick, 1983; Weller et al., 1985; Marra et al. 1990) and in lakes (e.g., Heaney, 1978; Abbott et al., 1982). However, worries have...indicative of photoadaptation of the phytoplankton populations (Fig. 1). The data from OC3 are perhaps clearest in showing a pure fluorescence maximum

  9. Algal photosynthetic responses to toxic metals and herbicides assessed by chlorophyll a fluorescence.

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    Kumar, K Suresh; Dahms, Hans-Uwe; Lee, Jae-Seong; Kim, Hyung Chul; Lee, Won Chan; Shin, Kyung-Hoon

    2014-06-01

    Chlorophyll a fluorescence is established as a rapid, non-intrusive technique to monitor photosynthetic performance of plants and algae, as well as to analyze their protective responses. Apart from its utility in determining the physiological status of photosynthesizers in the natural environment, chlorophyll a fluorescence-based methods are applied in ecophysiological and toxicological studies to examine the effect of environmental changes and pollutants on plants and algae (microalgae and seaweeds). Pollutants or environmental changes cause alteration of the photosynthetic capacity which could be evaluated by fluorescence kinetics. Hence, evaluating key fluorescence parameters and assessing photosynthetic performances would provide an insight regarding the probable causes of changes in photosynthetic performances. This technique quintessentially provides non-invasive determination of changes in the photosynthetic apparatus prior to the appearance of visible damage. It is reliable, economically feasible, time-saving, highly sensitive, versatile, accurate, non-invasive and portable; thereby comprising an excellent alternative for detecting pollution. The present review demonstrates the applicability of chlorophyll a fluorescence in determining photochemical responses of algae exposed to environmental toxicants (such as toxic metals and herbicides). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Crystal Structure and Catalytic Mechanism of 7-Hydroxymethyl Chlorophyll a Reductase.

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    Wang, Xiao; Liu, Lin

    2016-06-17

    7-Hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase (HCAR) catalyzes the second half-reaction in chlorophyll b to chlorophyll a conversion. HCAR is required for the degradation of light-harvesting complexes and is necessary for efficient photosynthesis by balancing the chlorophyll a/b ratio. Reduction of the hydroxymethyl group uses redox cofactors [4Fe-4S] cluster and FAD to transfer electrons and is difficult because of the strong carbon-oxygen bond. Here, we report the crystal structure of Arabidopsis HCAR at 2.7-Å resolution and reveal that two [4Fe-4S]clusters and one FAD within a very short distance form a consecutive electron pathway to the substrate pocket. In vitro kinetic analysis confirms the ferredoxin-dependent electron transport chain, thus supporting a proton-activated electron transfer mechanism. HCAR resembles a partial reconstruction of an archaeal F420-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase, which suggests a common mode of efficient proton-coupled electron transfer through conserved cofactor arrangements. Furthermore, the trimeric form of HCAR provides a biological clue of its interaction with light-harvesting complex II.

  11. [Study on influencing factors and universality of chlorophyll-a retrieval model in inland water body].

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    Huang, Chang-Chun; Li, Yun-Mei; Xu, Liang-Jiang; Yang, Hao; Lü, Heng; Chen, Xia; Wang, Yan-Hua

    2013-02-01

    The semi-analytical three-and four-band model and bio-optical analytical model of chlorophyll-a were checked by the 'mh, constituents and optical properties with high spatio-temporal variation. The influencing factors and universality of the retrieval model were studied by the modeling checking results. The study results indicate that the unjversality of bio-optical analytical model is much higher than the three-and four-band model, and the accuracy of the retrieval model is acceptable, but the accuracy of the retrieval model was highly affected by the specific absorption coefficient of chlorophyll-a. The accuracy of the three-and four-band model higher than the bio-optical analytical model. However, the universality of the three-and four-band model is not very high, because of the optimal wavelength position of the retrieval factors and the greater variability of the retrieval model parameters. The spectral shape of particle backscattering coefficient and chlorophyll-a specific absorption coefficient are the dominant influencing factors of the three and four-band retrieval model.

  12. Nutrient and chlorophyll-a distribution in Makassar Upwelling Region: From MAJAFLOX CRUISE 2015

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    Rosdiana, A.; Prartono, T.; Atmadipoera, A. S.; Zuraida, R.

    2017-01-01

    Upwelling is an important mechanism on productivity enhancement in the Southern Makassar Strait (MAK). Previous studies found correlation between upwelling and chlorophyll-a blooms, which is perhaps caused by nutrient regeneration from deeper water. Through a multi-disciplinary study “MAJAFLOX Cruise” in August 2015, CTD casts and seawater samples have been collected from Southern Makassar Strait. The present study aims to investigate relationship between physical processes of upwelling and nutrient usage, especially for nitrate, phosphate and silicate from regenerated processes to be used for the primary productivity (chlorophyll-a). The results show that upwelling centre is found near Dewakang Sill around station 5, associated with the highest chlorophyll-a concentration (0.438 µgL-1). Relatively high nutrient is also revealed in other station of observation. In sea surface layer, nitrate is high in station 1 to 3, phosphate high in station 2 and silicate high in station 9. This shifting of high nutrient concentration may indicate spatial variation of biogeochemical processes in the surface layer associated with nutrient fluxes.

  13. Crystal Structure and Catalytic Mechanism of 7-Hydroxymethyl Chlorophyll a Reductase*

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    Wang, Xiao; Liu, Lin

    2016-01-01

    7-Hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase (HCAR) catalyzes the second half-reaction in chlorophyll b to chlorophyll a conversion. HCAR is required for the degradation of light-harvesting complexes and is necessary for efficient photosynthesis by balancing the chlorophyll a/b ratio. Reduction of the hydroxymethyl group uses redox cofactors [4Fe-4S] cluster and FAD to transfer electrons and is difficult because of the strong carbon-oxygen bond. Here, we report the crystal structure of Arabidopsis HCAR at 2.7-Å resolution and reveal that two [4Fe-4S]clusters and one FAD within a very short distance form a consecutive electron pathway to the substrate pocket. In vitro kinetic analysis confirms the ferredoxin-dependent electron transport chain, thus supporting a proton-activated electron transfer mechanism. HCAR resembles a partial reconstruction of an archaeal F420-reducing [NiFe] hydrogenase, which suggests a common mode of efficient proton-coupled electron transfer through conserved cofactor arrangements. Furthermore, the trimeric form of HCAR provides a biological clue of its interaction with light-harvesting complex II. PMID:27072131

  14. Mirror symmetry and vibrational structure in optical spectra of chlorophyll a.

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    Rätsep, Margus; Linnanto, Juha; Freiberg, Arvi

    2009-05-21

    The absorption and fluorescence emission spectra of chlorophyll a in different organic solvents where the central Mg atom is either penta- or hexacoordinated have been studied using conventional and selective spectroscopy methods at ambient and cryogenic temperatures. A breakdown of the basic model mirror-symmetry rule in relation to the lowest-energy Q(y) transitions was observed due to Franck-Condon and Hertzberg-Teller interactions. Detailed vibrational structure in the ground electronic state, virtually independent of the Mg coordination state, was revealed by hole-burning fluorescence line-narrowing technique. The total Huang-Rhys factor associated with the linear vibronic coupling strength of the solvent collective vibrations and the local chlorophyll a intramolecular vibrations is equal to 0.53+/-0.07 in fluorescence and to 0.39+/-0.05 in absorption. The electron-phonon coupling part was also found to depend on the excitation wavelength within the inhomogeneously broadened absorption origin band, its average value being S(ph) approximately = 0.38. All these numbers qualify for the weak vibronic coupling. A comparison of the conjugate Q(y) absorption and fluorescence emission spectra as well as the temperature dependence of the absorption spectra allowed unambiguous locating of the still controversial Q(x) absorption band position for penta- and hexacoordinated chlorophyll a species. The basic experimental findings have been qualitatively supported by semiempirical quantum chemical calculations.

  15. Single Molecule Manipulation and Spectroscopy of Chlorophyll-a from Spinach

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    Benson, Jessica-Jones

    2005-03-01

    Chlorophyll-a, a molecule produced from `Spinach', adsorbed on a Au(111) surface has been investigated by using an ultra-high-vacuum low-temperature scanning-tunneling-microscope (UHV-LT-STM) at liquid helium temperatures. Studies are carried out both on isolated single molecules and on self-assembled molecular layers. The tunneling I-V and dI-dV spectroscopy of chlorophyll-a elucidate electronic properties of single molecule, such as the HOMO-LOMO gap and molecular orbital states. Mechanical stability of the chlorophyll-a is examined by using STM lateral manipulation (1,2). Here, the STM tip is placed just a few angstrom separation from the molecule to increase the tip-molecule interaction. Then the tip is laterally scanned across the surface resulting in pulling of the molecule. The detailed molecule movement is directly monitored through the corresponding STM-tip height signals. Our results reveal that the spinach molecule is a promising candidate for environmental friendly nano-device applications. (1). S.-W. Hla, K.-H. Rieder, Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem. 54 (2003) 307-330. (2). S.-W. Hla, et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 93 (2004), 208302. This work is financially supported by the US-DOE grant DE-FG02-02ER46012.

  16. Phytoplankton community and chlorophyll a as trophic state indices of Lake Skadar (Montenegro, Balkan).

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    Rakocevic-Nedovic, Jelena; Hollert, Henner

    2005-01-01

    Phytoplankton, as a first step in trophic cascades of lakes, can be a good indicator of trophic states, considering that every environmental change affects this community and many species of this community are sensitive to changes, and that they response very quickly. In this study, we tried to assess and predict the trophic state of Lake Skadar according to phytoplankton data. Water samples were collected using Ruttner sampling bottle. Temperature, dissolved oxygen, ph, conductivity and transparence were measured in situ using portable equipment. Nutrients and chlorophyll a were measured using standard spectrophotometric methods. A determination of phytoplankton species was performed using relevant keys and the counting of cells was performed using sedimentation methods. The species composition of Lake Skadar revealed 95 taxa, with Chlorophyceae and Bacillariophyceae being represented best. According to an average chlorophyll a concentration of 5.9 pg/l, Lake Skadar belongs to the mesotrophic level of the trophic scale. Developed prediction equation for chlorophyll a revealed a good prediction (R2 = 0.71) and the parameter Secchi depth was primarily correlated with chlorophyll a concentration. Trophic state indices derived from chlorophyll a and transparency, were close together, but both were below the phosphorous index. Values of trophic state indices rank the Lake Skadar as being mesotrophic. This study also showed that indices of diversity based on phytoplankton are weak indicators of trophic status and that they can well characterize only differences between assemblages and associations. According to calculated saprobic indices (ranging from 1.5 to 2.15), Lake Skadar is on betamesosaprobic level of saprobity, which means that it is moderately polluted with organic compounds. Total phosphorus is not the main limiting factor for the phytoplankton community in Lake Skadar. Disagreements between chlorophyll and the transparency index, on the one hand, and the

  17. Defining in Classroom Activities.

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    Mariotti, Maria Alessandra; Fischbein, Efraim

    1997-01-01

    Discusses some aspects of the defining process in geometrical context in the reference frame of the theory of "figural concepts." Presents analysis of some examples taken from a teaching experiment at the sixth-grade level. Contains 30 references. (Author/ASK)

  18. Spatiotemporal chlorophyll-a dynamics on the Louisiana continental shelf derived from a dual satellite imagery algorithm

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    A monthly time series of remotely sensed chlorophyll-a (Chlars) over the Louisiana continental shelf (LCS) was developed and examined for its relationship to river discharge, nitrate concentration, total phosphorus concentration, photosynthetically available radiation (PAR), wind...

  19. Spatiotemporal chlorophyll-a dynamics on the Louisiana continental shelf derived from a dual satellite imagery algorithm

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    A monthly time series of remotely sensed chlorophyll-a (Chlars) over the Louisiana continental shelf (LCS) was developed and examined for its relationship to river discharge, nitrate concentration, total phosphorus concentration, photosynthetically available radiation (PAR), wind...

  20. Patterns of distribution and environmental correlates of macroalgal assemblages and sediment chlorophyll a in Oregon tidal wetlands

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    Algae have important functional roles in estuarine wetlands along the Pacific coast of the United States. We quantified differences in macroalgal abundance, composition and diversity, and sediment chlorophyll a and pheophytin a among three National Wetlands Inventory emergent mar...

  1. Patterns of distribution and environmental correlates of macroalgal assemblages and sediment chlorophyll a in Oregon tidal wetlands

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    Algae have important functional roles in estuarine wetlands along the Pacific coast of the United States. We quantified differences in macroalgal abundance, composition and diversity, and sediment chlorophyll a and pheophytin a among three National Wetlands Inventory emergent mar...

  2. From Surface Chlorophyll a to Phytoplankton Community Composition in Oceanic Waters

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    Uitz, Julia; Claustre, Herve; Morel, Andre; Hooker, Stanford B.

    2004-01-01

    The objective of the present study is to examine the potential of using the near-surface total chlorophyll a concentration (C(sub surf)), as it can be derived from ocean color observation, to infer the column-integrated and the vertical distribution of the phytoplanktonic biomass, both in a quantitative way and in a qualitative way (z.e., in terms of community structure). Within this context, a large HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) pigment database has been analyzed. It includes 2419 vertical pigment profiles, all sampled in Case-1 waters with various trophic states. The relationshps between C(sub surf) and the total chlorophyll alpha vertical distribution, as previously derived by Morel and Berthon, are fully confirmed, as the present results coincide with the previous ones. This agreement allows to go further, namely to examine the possibility of extracting relationships between C(sub surf) and the vertical composition of the algal assemblages. Thanks to the detailed pigment composition available from HPLC measurements, the contribution of three size classes (micro-, nano-, and pico-phytoplankton) to the local total chlorophyll a concentration can be assessed. Corroborating previous findings (e.g., large species dominate in eutrophc environments, whereas tiny phytoplankton prevail in oligotrophic zones), the results lead to a statistically based parameterization. The predictive skill of this parameterization is successfully tested on a separate data set. With such a tool, the vertical total chlorophyll a profiles associated with each size class can be inferred from the sole knowledge of C(sub surf). By combining this tool with satellite ocean color data, it becomes conceivable to quantify on a global scale the phytoplankton biomass associated with each of the three size classes.

  3. [Muti-model collaborative retrieval of chlorophyll a in Taihu lake based on data assimilation ].

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    Li, Yuan; Li, Yun-mei; Lü, Heng; Zhu, Li; Wu, Chuan-qing; Du, Cheng-gong; Wang, Shuai

    2014-09-01

    Under the efforts of many scholars, large amount of remote retrieval models of water quality parameters have been developed. However, each model could only reflect the "true value" from one level because of the natural limitation of remote sensing. To get the relatively true value by combining various retrieval models, in this work, we developed a multi-model collaborative retrieval algorithm for retrieving the concentration of Chlorophyll a based on data assimilation. We measured water quality parameters and water reflectance spectra in Taihu Lake during 2006 to 2009. There were seven retrieve models established and six models were selected to participate in the multi-model collaborative retrieval algorithm. Then these selected models were combined to establish a multi-model for retrieving the concentration of Chlorophyll a. The results indicated: (1) the accuracy of multi-model retrieval algorithm was better than that of single-model retrieval method, with an optimal MAPE of only 22. 4% ; (2) with more models participating in the multi-model collaborative retrieval algorithm, the accuracy became better, the average MAPE was decreased from 25. 6% to 23. 4% , the average RMSE was decreased from 15. 082 μg.L-1 to 14. 575 μg.L-1, and the average correlation coefficient was improved from 0.91 to 0. 92; (3) the accuracy and errors of retrieval products could be effective evaluated through calculating the confidence interval, which makes possible the acquirement of spatial and temporal error distribution of Chlorophyll a concentration retrieval in Taihu Lake.

  4. Comparative study of resonance Raman and surface-enhanced resonance Raman chlorophyll a spectra using soret and red excitation

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    Thomas, L.L.; Kim, Jaeho; Cotton, T.M. )

    1990-12-05

    Surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) spectra are reported for chlorophyll a adsorbed on a silver electrode at 298 and 77 K with 406.7-, 457.9-, 514.5-, and 647.1-nm excitation. Submerging the electrode in degassed water at 298 K was found to improve the spectral quality by minimizing sample heating and photooxidation. Spectral intensities and peak resolutions were greater at all excitation wavelengths at liquid nitrogen temperature. Most significantly, roughened silver at the low temperature quenched the fluorescence accompanying red excitation and minimized sample photooxidation, resulting in richly detailed SERRS spectra of chlorophyll a. The close correspondence between chlorophyll a resonance Raman (RR) and SERRS spectra suggests that an electromagnetic mechanism is the major source of the surface enhancement, rather than a chemical mechanism (e.g. a charge-transfer complex between chlorophyll a and the metal). The spectral similarities, together with the presence of the MgN{sub 4} vibration band in the SERRS spectra, also provide evidence that structural alterations (e.g. cleavage of ring V or loss of Mg) do not occur in chlorophyll a after adsorption at the electrode surface. A distinctive SERRS spectrum was obtained for each excitation wavelength. Selective excitation within the various electronic transitions can thus be utilized to verify assignments of the vibrational modes of chlorophyll a and to monitor its interactions and photochemical behavior in biomimetic systems.

  5. [Monitoring the seasonal distribution pattern of chlorophyll-a concentration in Taihu Lake based on CBERS-1 imageries].

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    Zhou, Lian-Cheng; Chen, Jun; Sun, Ji-Hong; Fu, Jun

    2011-02-01

    Chlorophyll-a concentration is an important indicator for estimating the eutrophication degree of a lake. Taking advantage of the water qualities experimental data on 27 and 28 October, 2003, the paper constructs the chlorophyll-a concentration estimating model for Taihu Lake, China. And then, the study uses this chlorophyll-a concentration estimation model to estimate the seasonal distribution pattern of chlorophyll-a concentration from CBERS-1 imageries on 5 April, 28 April, 16 May, 5 August, and 30 October of 2006, and 5 July, 2007. According to the research results, it was found that the chlorophyll-a concentration is lower in summer and higher in autumn and winter, and could illuminate the four stages of phytoplankton growth in a year; Compared with the previous study reports, the chlorophyll-a concentration is higher than the actual concentration by estimating from the CBERS1. There are still some problems for applying the CBERS-1 imageries to water qualities remote sensing, which should be improved by further study.

  6. Assessment of predictive models for chlorophyll-a concentration of a tropical lake.

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    Malek, Sorayya; Syed Ahmad, Sharifah Mumtazah; Singh, Sarinder Kaur Kashmir; Milow, Pozi; Salleh, Aishah

    2011-01-01

    This study assesses four predictive ecological models; Fuzzy Logic (FL), Recurrent Artificial Neural Network (RANN), Hybrid Evolutionary Algorithm (HEA) and multiple linear regressions (MLR) to forecast chlorophyll- a concentration using limnological data from 2001 through 2004 of unstratified shallow, oligotrophic to mesotrophic tropical Putrajaya Lake (Malaysia). Performances of the models are assessed using Root Mean Square Error (RMSE), correlation coefficient (r), and Area under the Receiving Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve (AUC). Chlorophyll-a have been used to estimate algal biomass in aquatic ecosystem as it is common in most algae. Algal biomass indicates of the trophic status of a water body. Chlorophyll- a therefore, is an effective indicator for monitoring eutrophication which is a common problem of lakes and reservoirs all over the world. Assessments of these predictive models are necessary towards developing a reliable algorithm to estimate chlorophyll- a concentration for eutrophication management of tropical lakes. Same data set was used for models development and the data was divided into two sets; training and testing to avoid biasness in results. FL and RANN models were developed using parameters selected through sensitivity analysis. The selected variables were water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, ammonia nitrogen, nitrate nitrogen and Secchi depth. Dissolved oxygen, selected through stepwise procedure, was used to develop the MLR model. HEA model used parameters selected using genetic algorithm (GA). The selected parameters were pH, Secchi depth, dissolved oxygen and nitrate nitrogen. RMSE, r, and AUC values for MLR model were (4.60, 0.5, and 0.76), FL model were (4.49, 0.6, and 0.84), RANN model were (4.28, 0.7, and 0.79) and HEA model were (4.27, 0.7, and 0.82) respectively. Performance inconsistencies between four models in terms of performance criteria in this study resulted from the methodology used in measuring the performance

  7. The Effect of Axial Mg{sup 2+} Ligation and Peripheral Hydrogen Bonding on Chlorophyll a

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    Sun, Yuming; Wang, Hezhou; Zhao, Fuli; Sun, Jinzuo

    2004-03-21

    Model systems of the chlorophyll a (Chla) molecule were studied using density functional theory. Dependence of structure variation of Chla on the polarity of ligand was described. The hydrogen bonding (H-bond) donated to the 13{sup 1}-keto carbonyl oxygen favors the ionic resonance structure of the 13{sup 1}-keto carbonyl bond. Such a H-bond causes spin density redistribution in anion, and charge transfer in cation from donor of H-bond to the porphyrin plane of Chla because of orbital admixing, which indicates that the spin density of chlorophyll cation could be easily regulated by its peripheral H-bond.

  8. The Unique Photophysical Properties of the Peridinin-Chlorophyll-a-Protein

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    Carbonera, Donatella; Valentin, Marilena Di; Spezia, Riccardo; Mezzetti, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    Peridinin-Chlorophyll-a-Proteins (PCPs) are water-soluble light harvesting complexes from dinoflagellates. They have unique light-harvesting and energy transfer properties which have been studied in details in the last 15 years. This review aims to give an overview on all the main aspects of PCPs photophysics, with an emphasis on some aspects which have not been reviewed in details so far, such as vibrational spectroscopy studies, theoretical calculations, and magnetic resonance studies. A paragraph on the present development of PCPs towards technological applications is also included. PMID:24678668

  9. Chlorophyll-a thin layers in the Magellan fjord system: The role of the water column stratification

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    Ríos, Francisco; Kilian, Rolf; Mutschke, Erika

    2016-08-01

    Fjord systems represent hotspots of primary productivity and organic carbon burial. However, the factors which control the primary production in mid-latitude fjords are poorly understood. In this context, results from the first fine-scale measurements of bio-oceanographic features in the water column of fjords associated with the Strait of Magellan are presented. A submersible fluorescence probe (FP) was used to measure the Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration in situ, along with conductivity, temperature, hydrostatic pressure (depth) and dissolved oxygen (CTD-O2) of the water column. The Austral spring results of 14 FP-CTD-O2 profiles were used to define the vertical and horizontal patches of the fluorescent pigment distribution and their spatial relations with respect to the observed hydrographic features. Three zones with distinct water structures were defined. In all zones, the 'brown' spectral group (diatoms and dinoflagellates) predominated accounting for >80 wt% of the phytoplankton community. Thin layers with high Chl-a concentration were detected in 50% of the profiles. These layers harbored a substantial amount (30-65 wt%) of the phytoplankton biomass. Stratification was positively correlated to the occurrence of Chl-a thin layers. In stable and highly stratified water columns the integrated Chl-a concentration was higher and frequently located within thin layers whereas well mixed water columns displayed lower values and more homogeneous vertical distribution of Chl-a. These results indicate that mixing/stability processes are important factors accounting to the vertical distribution of Chl-a in Magellan fjords.

  10. Hydrocephalus Defined

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    ... narrow pathways. CSF is in constant production and absorption; it has a defined pathway from the lateral ... there is an imbalance of production and/or absorption. With most types of hydrocephalus, the fluid gets ...

  11. Toxicological effects of chlorpyrifos on growth, enzyme activity and chlorophyll a synthesis of freshwater microalgae.

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    Chen, Shangchao; Chen, Mindong; Wang, Zhuang; Qiu, Weijian; Wang, Junfeng; Shen, Yafei; Wang, Yajun; Ge, Shun

    2016-07-01

    This paper aims to acquire the experimental data on the eco-toxicological effects of agricultural pollutants on the aquatic plants and the data can support the assessment of toxicity on the phytoplankton. The pesticide of Chlorpyrifos used as a good model to investigate its eco-toxicological effect on the different microalgae in freshwater. In order to address the pollutants derived from forestry and agricultural applications, freshwater microalgae were considered as a good sample to investigate the impact of pesticides such as Chlorpyrifos on aquatic life species. Two microalgae of Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Merismopedia sp. were employed to evaluate toxicity of Chlorpyrifos in short time and long time by means of measuring the growth inhibition rate, the redox system and the content of chlorophyll a, respectively. In this study, the results showed that EC50 values ranging from 7.63 to 19.64mg/L, indicating the Chlorpyrifos had a relatively limited to the growth of algae during the period of the acute toxicity experiment. Moreover, when two kinds of algae were exposed to a medium level of Chlorpyrifos, SOD and CAT activities were importantly advanced. Therefore, the growth rate and SOD and CAT activities can be highly recommended for the eco-toxicological assessment. In addition, chlorophyll a also could be used as a targeted parameter for assessing the eco-toxicity of Chlorpyrifos on both Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Merismopedia sp. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Sensitive Detection of Phosphorus Deficiency in Plants Using Chlorophyll a Fluorescence.

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    Frydenvang, Jens; van Maarschalkerweerd, Marie; Carstensen, Andreas; Mundus, Simon; Schmidt, Sidsel Birkelund; Pedas, Pai Rosager; Laursen, Kristian Holst; Schjoerring, Jan K; Husted, Søren

    2015-09-01

    Phosphorus (P) is a finite natural resource and an essential plant macronutrient with major impact on crop productivity and global food security. Here, we demonstrate that time-resolved chlorophyll a fluorescence is a unique tool to monitor bioactive P in plants and can be used to detect latent P deficiency. When plants suffer from P deficiency, the shape of the time-dependent fluorescence transients is altered distinctively, as the so-called I step gradually straightens and eventually disappears. This effect is shown to be fully reversible, as P resupply leads to a rapid restoration of the I step. The fading I step suggests that the electron transport at photosystem I (PSI) is affected in P-deficient plants. This is corroborated by the observation that differences at the I step in chlorophyll a fluorescence transients from healthy and P-deficient plants can be completely eliminated through prior reduction of PSI by far-red illumination. Moreover, it is observed that the barley (Hordeum vulgare) mutant Viridis-zb(63), which is devoid of PSI activity, similarly does not display the I step. Among the essential plant nutrients, the effect of P deficiency is shown to be specific and sufficiently sensitive to enable rapid in situ determination of latent P deficiency across different plant species, thereby providing a unique tool for timely remediation of P deficiency in agriculture.

  13. Simultaneous Measurement of Oscillations in Oxygen Evolution and Chlorophyll a Fluorescence in Leaf Pieces 1

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    Walker, David A.; Sivak, Mirta N.; Prinsley, Roslyn T.; Cheesbrough, John K.

    1983-01-01

    In spinach (Spinacia oleracea) and barley (Hordeum vulgare) leaves, chlorophyll a fluorescence and O2 evolution have been measured simultaneously following re-illumination after a dark interval or when steady state photosynthesis has been perturbed by changes in the gas phase. In high CO2 concentrations, both O2 and fluorescence can display marked dampening oscillations that are antiparallel but slightly out of phase (a rise or fall in fluorescence anticipating a corresponding fall or rise in O2 by about 10 to 15 seconds). Infrared gas analysis measurements showed that CO2 uptake behaved like O2 evolution both in the period of oscillation (about 1 minute) and in its relation to fluorescence. In the steady state, oscillations were initiated by increases in CO2 or by increases or decreases in O2. Oscillations in O2 or CO2 did not occur without associated oscillations in fluorescence and the latter were a sensitive indicator of the former. The relationship between such oscillations in photosynthetic carbon assimilation and chlorophyl a fluorescence is discussed in the context of the effect of ATP or NADPH consumption on known quenching mechanisms. PMID:16663255

  14. Simultaneous measurement of oscillations in oxygen evolution and chlorophyll a fluorescence in leaf pieces.

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    Walker, D A; Sivak, M N; Prinsley, R T; Cheesbrough, J K

    1983-11-01

    In spinach (Spinacia oleracea) and barley (Hordeum vulgare) leaves, chlorophyll a fluorescence and O(2) evolution have been measured simultaneously following re-illumination after a dark interval or when steady state photosynthesis has been perturbed by changes in the gas phase. In high CO(2) concentrations, both O(2) and fluorescence can display marked dampening oscillations that are antiparallel but slightly out of phase (a rise or fall in fluorescence anticipating a corresponding fall or rise in O(2) by about 10 to 15 seconds). Infrared gas analysis measurements showed that CO(2) uptake behaved like O(2) evolution both in the period of oscillation (about 1 minute) and in its relation to fluorescence. In the steady state, oscillations were initiated by increases in CO(2) or by increases or decreases in O(2). Oscillations in O(2) or CO(2) did not occur without associated oscillations in fluorescence and the latter were a sensitive indicator of the former. The relationship between such oscillations in photosynthetic carbon assimilation and chlorophyl a fluorescence is discussed in the context of the effect of ATP or NADPH consumption on known quenching mechanisms.

  15. Sensitive Detection of Phosphorus Deficiency in Plants Using Chlorophyll a Fluorescence1

    PubMed Central

    Frydenvang, Jens; van Maarschalkerweerd, Marie; Carstensen, Andreas; Mundus, Simon; Schmidt, Sidsel Birkelund; Pedas, Pai Rosager; Laursen, Kristian Holst; Schjoerring, Jan K.; Husted, Søren

    2015-01-01

    Phosphorus (P) is a finite natural resource and an essential plant macronutrient with major impact on crop productivity and global food security. Here, we demonstrate that time-resolved chlorophyll a fluorescence is a unique tool to monitor bioactive P in plants and can be used to detect latent P deficiency. When plants suffer from P deficiency, the shape of the time-dependent fluorescence transients is altered distinctively, as the so-called I step gradually straightens and eventually disappears. This effect is shown to be fully reversible, as P resupply leads to a rapid restoration of the I step. The fading I step suggests that the electron transport at photosystem I (PSI) is affected in P-deficient plants. This is corroborated by the observation that differences at the I step in chlorophyll a fluorescence transients from healthy and P-deficient plants can be completely eliminated through prior reduction of PSI by far-red illumination. Moreover, it is observed that the barley (Hordeum vulgare) mutant Viridis-zb63, which is devoid of PSI activity, similarly does not display the I step. Among the essential plant nutrients, the effect of P deficiency is shown to be specific and sufficiently sensitive to enable rapid in situ determination of latent P deficiency across different plant species, thereby providing a unique tool for timely remediation of P deficiency in agriculture. PMID:26162430

  16. Spectral characterization in a supersonic beam of neutral chlorophyll a evaporated from spinach leaves.

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    Shafizadeh, N; Ha-Thi, M H; Soep, B; Gaveau, M A; Piuzzi, F; Pothier, C

    2011-09-21

    The observation of the light absorption of neutral biomolecules has been made possible by a method implemented for their preparation in the gas phase, in supersonically cooled molecular beams, based upon the work of Focsa et al. [C. Mihesan, M. Ziskind, B. Chazallon, E. Therssen, P. Desgroux, S. Gurlui, and C. Focsa, Appl. Surf. Sci. 253, 1090 (2006)]. The biomolecules diluted in frozen water solutions are entrained in the gas plume of evaporated ice generated by an infrared optical parametric oscillators (OPO) laser tuned close to its maximum of absorption, at ~3 μm. The biomolecules are then picked up in the flux of a supersonic expansion of argon. The method was tested with indole dissolved in water. The excitation spectrum of indole was found cold and large clusters of indole with water were observed up to n = 75. Frozen spinach leaves were examined with the same method to observe the chlorophyll pigments. The Q(y) band of chlorophyll a has been observed in a pump probe experiment. The Q(y) bands of chlorophyll a is centred at 647 nm, shifted by 18 nm from its position in toluene solutions. The ionization threshold could also be determined as 6.1 ± 0.05 eV.

  17. Differential heat sensitivity index in barley cultivars (Hordeum vulgare L.) monitored by chlorophyll a fluorescence OKJIP.

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    Oukarroum, Abdallah; El Madidi, Saïd; Strasser, Reto J

    2016-08-01

    The objective of this study was to differentiate the heat tolerance in ten varieties of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) originating from Morocco. Five modern varieties and five landraces (local varieties) collected at five different geographical localities in the south of Morocco were investigated in the present study. After two weeks of growth, detached leaves were short term exposure to various temperatures (25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 °C) for 10 min in the dark. Two chlorophyll a fluorescence parameters derived from chlorophyll a fluorescence transient (OKJIP) (performance index (PIABS) and relative variable fluorescence at the K-step (VK)) were analysed. Heat treatment had a significant effect on the PIABS and VK at 45 °C treatment and the analysis of variance for PIABS and VK is highly significant between all varieties. The slope of the relationship between logPIABS and VK named heat sensitivity index (HSI) was used to evaluate the thermotolerance of photosystem II (PSII) between the studied barley varieties. According to this approach, barley varieties were screened and ranked for improving heat tolerance. HSI was found to be a new indicator with regard to distinguishing heat tolerance of different barley cultivars.

  18. Spectral characterization in a supersonic beam of neutral chlorophyll a evaporated from spinach leaves

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    Shafizadeh, N.; Ha-Thi, M. H.; Soep, B.; Gaveau, M. A.; Piuzzi, F.; Pothier, C.

    2011-09-01

    The observation of the light absorption of neutral biomolecules has been made possible by a method implemented for their preparation in the gas phase, in supersonically cooled molecular beams, based upon the work of Focsa et al. [C. Mihesan, M. Ziskind, B. Chazallon, E. Therssen, P. Desgroux, S. Gurlui, and C. Focsa, Appl. Surf. Sci. 253, 1090 (2006)], 10.1016/j.apsusc.2006.01.082. The biomolecules diluted in frozen water solutions are entrained in the gas plume of evaporated ice generated by an infrared optical parametric oscillators (OPO) laser tuned close to its maximum of absorption, at ˜3 μm. The biomolecules are then picked up in the flux of a supersonic expansion of argon. The method was tested with indole dissolved in water. The excitation spectrum of indole was found cold and large clusters of indole with water were observed up to n = 75. Frozen spinach leaves were examined with the same method to observe the chlorophyll pigments. The Qy band of chlorophyll a has been observed in a pump probe experiment. The Qy bands of chlorophyll a is centred at 647 nm, shifted by 18 nm from its position in toluene solutions. The ionization threshold could also be determined as 6.1 ± 0.05 eV.

  19. Dictionaries Defined.

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    Kister, Ken

    1992-01-01

    Describes the growing number of dictionaries available to reference librarians, discusses factors that have led to the need for more dictionaries, and provides buying guidelines to help in selection decisions. Electronic versions of various dictionaries are described, and a sidebar examines the "American Heritage Dictionary" revisions.…

  20. Environmental factors associated with long-term changes in chlorophyll-a concentration in the Amazon floodplain

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    Alcântara, E.; Novo, E. M.; Barbosa, C. F.; Bonnet, M.-P.; Stech, J.; Ometto, J. P.

    2011-04-01

    Long-term environmental time series of continuously collected data are fundamental to identify and classify pulses and determine their role in aquatic systems. This paper presents in situ daily mean chlorophyll-a concentration time series, key information for the current understanding of carbon fluxes in and out of the Amazonian floodplain system. This paper also investigates how seasonal fluctuations in water level affect the relationship between chlorophyll-a concentration and some of its controlling limnological (water level, water surface temperature, pH and turbidity) and meteorological (wind intensity, relative humidity and short wave radiation) variables provided by an automatic monitoring system (Integrated System for Environmental Monitoring-SIMA) deployed at Curai Lake. The data are collected in preprogrammed time interval (1 h) and are transmitted by satellite in quasi-real time for any user in a range of 2500 km from the acquisition point. We used Pearson correlation to determine the quantitative relationship between chlorophyll-a time series and others environmental parameters. Fourier power spectrum analyses were applied to identify periods of high variability in chlorophyll-a time series and wavelet power spectrum analyses helped to characterize their time-frequency structure. To further investigate the relationship between chlorophyll-a and the statistically significant variable highlighted by Pearson's correlation, the set of time series was submitted to cross wavelet analysis. The time series of chlorophyll-a shows two high peaks (47 μg L-1 and 53.30 μg L-1) of concentration during a year: first during the rising water and second during the low water level. A small peak was observed during the high water level (10 μg L-1). For the most part of rising, high and receding water level, the chlorophyll-a concentration is often low (from 2.20 μg L-1 to 9.10 μg L-1). chlorophyll-a concentration displays periodicities ranging from 2-60 days, with a

  1. Design of chlorophyll-a and turbidity sensor based on fluorescence induction and scattering-light detection

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    Zhang, Keke; Liu, Shixuan; Chen, Shizhe; Qi, Yong; Miao, Bin; Yan, Xingkui; Bai, Xuejiao

    2014-07-01

    The chlorophyll-a and turbidity sensor based on the principles of fluorescence induction and scattering-light detection is designed. Using fluorescence induction technology, scattering-light detection technology and weak signal detection technology, chlorophyll-a concentration measurement and turbidity measurement in seawater are integrated in a set of testing equipment to implement software and hardware reuse and improve the integration of the device, which has the features of small size and easy operation. The comparative experiments and repetitive experiments are completed with ALEC ACLW-CAR chlorophyll / turbidity sensor. Experiment results show that chlorophyll-a concentration, turbidity and the system output values have good linear relationships, and the fitting coefficients are 0.999. Repeatability standard deviations of chlorophyll-a detection and turbidity detection are better than 0.08 μg/L and 0.04 FTU, respectively, and the accuracy of the device within +/- 2%. Chlorophyll-a and turbidity in-situ monitoring in seawater can be achieved using this testing equipment.

  2. Chlorophyll-a Estimation Around the Antarctica Peninsula Using Satellite Algorithms: Hints from Field Water Leaving Reflectance.

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    Zeng, Chen; Xu, Huiping; Fischer, Andrew M

    2016-12-07

    Ocean color remote sensing significantly contributes to our understanding of phytoplankton distribution and abundance and primary productivity in the Southern Ocean (SO). However, the current SO in situ optical database is still insufficient and unevenly distributed. This limits the ability to produce robust and accurate measurements of satellite-based chlorophyll. Based on data collected on cruises around the Antarctica Peninsula (AP) on January 2014 and 2016, this research intends to enhance our knowledge of SO water and atmospheric optical characteristics and address satellite algorithm deficiency of ocean color products. We collected high resolution in situ water leaving reflectance (±1 nm band resolution), simultaneous in situ chlorophyll-a concentrations and satellite (MODIS and VIIRS) water leaving reflectance. Field samples show that clouds have a great impact on the visible green bands and are difficult to detect because NASA protocols apply the NIR band as a cloud contamination threshold. When compared to global case I water, water around the AP has lower water leaving reflectance and a narrower blue-green band ratio, which explains chlorophyll-a underestimation in high chlorophyll-a regions and overestimation in low chlorophyll-a regions. VIIRS shows higher spatial coverage and detection accuracy than MODIS. After coefficient improvement, VIIRS is able to predict chlorophyll a with 53% accuracy.

  3. Influences of mass Chlorophyll-a blends using P3HT:PCBM for efficiency of organic solar cells

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    Lestari, E.; Supriyanto, A.; Iriani, Y.; Ramelan, A. H.; Nurosyid, F.

    2017-02-01

    Organic solar cells have been made using the material poly (3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT), [6, 6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), and Chlorophyll-a with blend metods. Active layer of P3HT:PCBM:Chlorophyll-a are deposited using spin coating with rotary speed of 2500 rpm for 10 seconds and subsequently heated at 1000C for 10 min. Mass of chlorophyll-a are 0.1 mg, 0.2 mg, and 0.3 mg. Thin layers are characterized by UV-Visible Spectrometer Lamda 25 for optical properties and Keithley 2602 for electrical properties. From the UV-Vis showed that absorbance of P3HT:PCBM:Chlorophyll-a are 400-614nm and 620-700 nm. Efficiency of P3HT:PCBM:Chlorophyll-a for mass chlorophyll 0.1 mg, 0.2 mg, and 0.3 mg are 2.68 x 10-2 %, 3.93 x 10-2 %, and 8.79 x 10-2 % respectively.

  4. Metabolic alterations of lutein, β-carotene and chlorophyll a during germination of two soybean sprout varieties.

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    Lee, Jinwook; Hwang, Young-Sun; Lee, Jeong-Dong; Chang, Woo-Suk; Choung, Myoung-Gun

    2013-12-01

    The metabolic changes of lutein, β-carotene and chlorophyll a during germination of the soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) sprout varieties, 'Pungsannamulkong' and 'Bosug', have been studied. Seeds were germinated at 20 °C with 80% humidity in the darkness and sampled at 2 day intervals for 10 days. Partial least squares (PLS) scores plot showed that the responses of three metabolites during germination were linearly linked with each other except for day 2 in both varieties. PLS loading plots indicated that lutein content in whole sprout and cotyledon was closely associated with germination in 'Pungsannamulkong' while the chlorophyll a content in whole sprouts was highly linked with germination in 'Bosug'. Heatmap analyses revealed that lutein and β-carotene levels, but not those of chlorophyll a, accumulated in whole soybean sprouts and cotyledon. While hypocotyls did not accumulate lipophilic pigments during germination, the accumulation of lutein and β-carotene in the cotyledons was greater in 'Pungsannamulkong' than in 'Bosug' sprouts. In addition, the contents of lutein, β-carotene and chlorophyll a increased from those in the seeds. Overall, the metabolic changes of lutein, β-carotene and chlorophyll a during germination are affected not only by variety but also by organ type.

  5. Chlorophyll-a Estimation Around the Antarctica Peninsula Using Satellite Algorithms: Hints from Field Water Leaving Reflectance

    PubMed Central

    Zeng, Chen; Xu, Huiping; Fischer, Andrew M.

    2016-01-01

    Ocean color remote sensing significantly contributes to our understanding of phytoplankton distribution and abundance and primary productivity in the Southern Ocean (SO). However, the current SO in situ optical database is still insufficient and unevenly distributed. This limits the ability to produce robust and accurate measurements of satellite-based chlorophyll. Based on data collected on cruises around the Antarctica Peninsula (AP) on January 2014 and 2016, this research intends to enhance our knowledge of SO water and atmospheric optical characteristics and address satellite algorithm deficiency of ocean color products. We collected high resolution in situ water leaving reflectance (±1 nm band resolution), simultaneous in situ chlorophyll-a concentrations and satellite (MODIS and VIIRS) water leaving reflectance. Field samples show that clouds have a great impact on the visible green bands and are difficult to detect because NASA protocols apply the NIR band as a cloud contamination threshold. When compared to global case I water, water around the AP has lower water leaving reflectance and a narrower blue-green band ratio, which explains chlorophyll-a underestimation in high chlorophyll-a regions and overestimation in low chlorophyll-a regions. VIIRS shows higher spatial coverage and detection accuracy than MODIS. After coefficient improvement, VIIRS is able to predict chlorophyll a with 53% accuracy. PMID:27941596

  6. Potent suppressive activity of chlorophyll a and b from green tea (Camellia sinensis) against tumor promotion in mouse skin.

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    Higashi-Okai, K; Okai, Y

    1998-09-01

    Potent antigenotoxic and anti-tumor promoting activities of chlorophyll a from green tea (camellia sinensis) have been shown using in vitro cell culture experiments (Okai Y. et al. (1996) Mutation Res., 370, 11-17). In the present study, the authors analyzed in vivo effects of chlorophyll a and b from green tea on tumor promotion in mouse skin in the following ways. 1. When chlorophyll a and b from green tea were applied before each treatment by a tumor promoter, 12-O-tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate (TPA) on BALB/c mouse skin initiated by 7, 12-dimethylbenz [a] an-thracene (DMBA), they caused significant suppression in a dose-dependent manner against BALB/c mouse skin tumorigenesis. 2. Chlorophyll a and b showed significant suppressive effects against TPA-induced inflammatory reaction such as edema formation in BALB/c mouse ear skin in a dose-dependent fashion. These results suggest that chlorophyll a and b possess potent suppressive activities against tumor promotion in mouse skin.

  7. Fluorescence and absorption spectroscopy of the weakly fluorescent chlorophyll a in cytochrome b6f of Synechocystis PCC6803.

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    Peterman, E J; Wenk, S O; Pullerits, T; Pâlsson, L O; van Grondelle, R; Dekker, J P; Rögner, M; van Amerongen, H

    1998-01-01

    A spectroscopic characterization of the chlorophyll a (Chl) molecule in the monomeric cytochrome b6f complex (Cytb6f) isolated from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC6803 is presented. The fluorescence lifetime and quantum yield have been determined, and it is shown that Chl in Cytb6f has an excited-state lifetime that is 20 times smaller than that of Chl in methanol. This shortening of the Chl excited state lifetime is not caused by an increased rate of intersystem crossing. Most probably it is due to quenching by a nearby amino acid. It is suggested that this quenching is a mechanism for preventing the formation of Chl triplets, which can lead to the formation of harmful singlet oxygen. Using site-selected fluorescence spectroscopy, detailed information on vibrational frequencies in both the ground and Qy excited states has been obtained. The vibrational frequencies indicate that the Chl molecule has one axial ligand bound to its central magnesium and accepts a hydrogen bond to its 13(1)-keto carbonyl. The results show that the Chl binds to a well-defined pocket of the protein and experiences several close contacts with nearby amino acids. From the site-selected fluorescence spectra, it is further concluded that the electron-phonon coupling is moderately strong. Simulations of both the site-selected fluorescence spectra and the temperature dependence of absorption and fluorescence spectra are presented. These simulations indicate that the Huang-Rhys factor characterizing the electron-phonon coupling strength is between 0.6 and 0.9. The width of the Gaussian inhomogeneous distribution function is 210 +/- 10 cm-1. PMID:9649396

  8. Orientation of emitting dipoles of chlorophyll A in thylakoids: considerations on the orientation factor in vivo.

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    Garab, G I; Kiss, J G; Mustárdy, L A; Michel-Villaz, M

    1981-01-01

    Orientation angles of five emitting dipoles of chlorophyll a in thylakoids were estimated from low temperature fluorescence polarization ratio spectra of magnetically oriented chloroplasts. A simple expression is given also for the evaluation of data from linear dichroism measurements. It is shown that the Qy dipoles of chlorophylls lie more in the plane of the membranes and span a larger angular interval than was previously thought. Values for the orientation factor are calculated using various models corresponding to different degrees of local order of the Qy dipoles of chlorophylls in the thylakoid. We show that the characteristic orientation pattern of the Qy dipoles of chlorophylls in the membrane, i.e., increasing dichroism toward longer wavelengths, may favour energy transfer between the antenna chlorophylls as well as funnel the excitation energy into the reaction centers. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 4 PMID:7248470

  9. Modified in situ antimicrobial susceptibility testing method based on cyanobacteria chlorophyll a fluorescence.

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    Heliopoulos, Nikolaos S; Galeou, Angeliki; Papageorgiou, Sergios K; Favvas, Evangelos P; Katsaros, Fotios K; Stamatakis, Kostas

    2016-02-01

    The chlorophyll a fluorescence based antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) method presented in a previous work was based on the measurement of Chl a fluorescence of the gram(-) cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942. Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 as a gram(-) bacterium is affected by antibacterial agents via mechanisms affecting all gram(-) bacteria, however, as an exclusively phototrophic organism it would also be affected by photosynthesis inhibitory action of an agent that otherwise has no antibacterial properties. In this report, the method is modified by replacing the exclusively phototrophic Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 with the Synechocystis sp. PCC 6714, capable of both phototrophic and heterotrophic growth in order to add versatility and better reflect the antibacterial effects of surfaces under study towards nonphotosynthetic bacteria. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Concentration Effect on Quenching of Chlorophyll a Fluorescence by All-Trans-β-Carotene in Photosynthesis.

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    Chen, Chen; Gong, Nan; Li, Zuowei; Sun, Chenglin; Men, Zhiwei

    2017-09-21

    Absorption, fluorescence spectra of chlorophyll a (Chl-a) and all-trans-β-carotene (β-Car) mixing solution are investigated in different polarity and polarizability solvents. The carotenoids regulate the energy flow in photosynthesis by interaction with chlorophyll, leading to an observable reduction of Chl-a fluorescence. The fluorescence red shifts with the increasing solvent polarizability. The energy transfer in the Chl-a and β-Car system is proposed. The electron transfer should be dominant in quenching Chl-a fluorescence rather than the energy transfer in this system. Polar solvent with large polarizability shows high quenching efficiency. When dissolved in carbon tetrachloride, Chl-a presents red shift of absorption and blue shift of fluorescence spectra with increasing β-Car concentration, which implies a Chl-a conformational change.

  11. Quantitative analysis of molecular orientation in chlorophyll a Langmuir monolayer: a polarized visible reflection spectroscopic study.

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    Okamura, E; Hasegawa, T; Umemura, J

    1995-01-01

    Polarized visible reflection spectra of a chlorophyll a (Chl.a) Langmuir monolayer have been measured in situ at various surface pressures. By applying Hansen's optics to the three-phase plane-bounded system (air/Chl.a monolayer/water), the negative reflection absorbances observed were reproduced satisfactorily by the theoretical calculation. Molecular orientation of Chl.a in the monolayer was evaluated quantitatively as a function of surface pressure, from the reflection absorbance of p- and s-polarized spectra of the red (Qy) band. It has been proven that Chl.a molecules in the monolayer form aggregates (islands) even in the low surface pressure region and that during the monolayer compression the molecules are gradually reorganized from inhomogeneous islands to ordered structures, with the chromophores oriented on the average vertically to the water surface. Images FIGURE 1 PMID:8519968

  12. Action spectra of oxygen production and chlorophyll a fluorescence in the green microalga Nannochloropsis oculata.

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    Tamburic, Bojan; Szabó, Milán; Tran, Nhan-An T; Larkum, Anthony W D; Suggett, David J; Ralph, Peter J

    2014-10-01

    The first complete action spectrum of oxygen evolution and chlorophyll a fluorescence was measured for the biofuel candidate alga Nannochloropsis oculata. A novel analytical procedure was used to generate a representative and reproducible action spectrum for microalgal cultures. The action spectrum was measured at 14 discrete wavelengths across the visible spectrum, at an equivalent photon flux density of 60 μmol photon sm(-2) s(-1). Blue light (∼ 414 nm) was absorbed more efficiently and directed to photosystem II more effectively than red light (∼ 679 nm) at light intensities below the photosaturation limit. Conversion of absorbed photons into photosynthetic oxygen evolution was maximised at 625 nm; however, this maximum is unstable since neighbouring wavelengths (646 nm) resulted in the lowest photosystem II operating efficiency. Identifying the wavelength-dependence of photosynthesis has clear implications to optimising growth efficiency and hence important economic implications to the algal biofuels and bioproducts industries. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Classifying Lakes to Quantify Relationships Between Epilimnetic Chlorophyll a and Hypoxia

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    Yuan, Lester L.; Pollard, Amina I.

    2015-03-01

    Excess nutrient loading increases algal abundance which can cause hypoxia in many lakes and reservoirs. We used a divisive partitioning approach to analyze dissolved oxygen profile data collected across the continental United States to increase the precision of estimated relationships between chlorophyll a (chl a) concentrations and the extent of hypoxia in the water column. Chl a concentrations predicted the extent of hypoxia most accurately in lakes that were stratified at the time of sampling with a maximum temperature gradient of at least 1.2 °C/m. Lake elevation, Secchi depth, and lake geometry ratio further refined the specification of groups of lakes with different relationships between chl a and the extent of hypoxia. The statistical relationships between chl a and the extent of hypoxia that were estimated can be used directly for setting management thresholds for chl a in particular types of lakes.

  14. Chlorophyll a fluorescence in evaluation of the effect of heavy metal soil contamination on perennial grasses.

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    Żurek, Grzegorz; Rybka, Krystyna; Pogrzeba, Marta; Krzyżak, Jacek; Prokopiuk, Kamil

    2014-01-01

    Chlorophyll a fluorescence gives information about the plant physiological status due to its coupling to the photosynthetic electron transfer chain and to the further biochemical processes. Environmental stresses, which acts synergistically, disturbs the photosynthesis. The OJIP test, elaborated by Strasser and co-workers, enables comparison of the physiological status of plants grown on polluted vs. control areas. The paper shows that the Chl a measurements are very useful tool in evaluating of heavy metal ions influence on perennial grasses, tested as potential phytoremediators. Among 5 cultivars tested, the highest concentration of Cd and Zn ions, not associated with the yield reduction, was detected in the biomass of tall fescue cv. Rahela. Chl a fluorescence interpreted as double normalized curves pointed out Rahela as the outstanding cultivar under the HM ions stress.

  15. Chlorophyll a Fluorescence in Evaluation of the Effect of Heavy Metal Soil Contamination on Perennial Grasses

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    Żurek, Grzegorz; Rybka, Krystyna; Pogrzeba, Marta; Krzyżak, Jacek; Prokopiuk, Kamil

    2014-01-01

    Chlorophyll a fluorescence gives information about the plant physiological status due to its coupling to the photosynthetic electron transfer chain and to the further biochemical processes. Environmental stresses, which acts synergistically, disturbs the photosynthesis. The OJIP test, elaborated by Strasser and co-workers, enables comparison of the physiological status of plants grown on polluted vs. control areas. The paper shows that the Chl a measurements are very useful tool in evaluating of heavy metal ions influence on perennial grasses, tested as potential phytoremediators. Among 5 cultivars tested, the highest concentration of Cd and Zn ions, not associated with the yield reduction, was detected in the biomass of tall fescue cv. Rahela. Chl a fluorescence interpreted as double normalized curves pointed out Rahela as the outstanding cultivar under the HM ions stress. PMID:24633293

  16. Classifying lakes to quantify relationships between epilimnetic chlorophyll a and hypoxia.

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    Yuan, Lester L; Pollard, Amina I

    2015-03-01

    Excess nutrient loading increases algal abundance which can cause hypoxia in many lakes and reservoirs. We used a divisive partitioning approach to analyze dissolved oxygen profile data collected across the continental United States to increase the precision of estimated relationships between chlorophyll a (chl a) concentrations and the extent of hypoxia in the water column. Chl a concentrations predicted the extent of hypoxia most accurately in lakes that were stratified at the time of sampling with a maximum temperature gradient of at least 1.2 °C/m. Lake elevation, Secchi depth, and lake geometry ratio further refined the specification of groups of lakes with different relationships between chl a and the extent of hypoxia. The statistical relationships between chl a and the extent of hypoxia that were estimated can be used directly for setting management thresholds for chl a in particular types of lakes.

  17. Two-Dimensional Electronic-Vibrational Spectroscopy of Chlorophyll a and b.

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    Lewis, Nicholas H C; Fleming, Graham R

    2016-03-03

    We present two-dimensional electronic-vibrational (2DEV) spectra of isolated chlorophyll a and b in deuterated ethanol. We excite the Q-band electronic transitions and measure the effects on the carbonyl and C ═ C double-bond stretch region of the infrared spectrum. With the aid of density functional theory calculations, we provide assignments for the major features of the spectrum. We show how the 2DEV spectra can be used to readily distinguish different solvation states of the chlorophyll, with features corresponding to the minority pentacoordinate magnesium (Mg) species being resolved along each dimension of the 2DEV spectra from the dominant hexacoordinate Mg species. These assignments represent a crucial first step toward the application of 2DEV spectroscopy to chlorophyll-containing pigment-protein complexes.

  18. Water stress response of conventional and transgenic soybean plants monitored by chlorophyll a fluorescence.

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    Caires, A R L; Scherer, M D; Santos, T S B; Pontim, B C A; Gavassoni, W L; Oliveira, S L

    2010-05-01

    Two soybean cultivars, one conventional and a glyphosate-tolerant (transgenic), were submitted to the water stress and the chlorophyll a fluorescence induced by UV light was monitored daily during 16 days. In this work, 40 pots in total, 20 per cultivar were used in the investigation. Each cultivar was divided in two groups, the control group and the group submitted to the water stress. The stress response of the cultivars was monitored by red to far-red fluorescence ratio. The data indicate that the water stress induced the earliest changes on the fluorescence ratio and chlorophyll content for the conventional cultivar. In addition, a comparative analysis of the fluorescence ratios of the cultivars reveals that conventional plants have higher chlorophyll content than transgenic ones. This result might be useful in the development of methodologies able to distinguish conventional to transgenic apart.

  19. Lifetime of fluorescence from light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b proteins: excitation intensity dependence

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    Nordlund, T.M.; Knox, W.H.

    1981-10-01

    The fluorescence from a purified, aggregate form of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein has a lifetime of 1.2 +/- 0.5 ns at low excitation intensity, but the lifetime decreases significantly when the intensity of the 20-ps, 5300nm excitation pulse is increased above about 10/sup 16/ photons/cm/sup 2/. A solubilized, monomeric form of the protein, on the other hand, has a fluorescence lifetime of 3.1 +/- 0.3 ns independent of excitation intensity from 10/sup 14/-10/sup 18/ photons/cm/sup 2//pulse. We interpret the lifetime shortening in the aggregates and the lack of shortening in monomers in terms of exciton annihilation, facilitated in the aggregate by the larger population of interacting chlorophylls.

  20. Wind driven nutrient and subsurface chlorophyll-a enhancement in the Bay of La Paz, Gulf of California

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    Coria-Monter, Erik; Monreal-Gómez, María Adela; Salas de León, David Alberto; Durán-Campos, Elizabeth; Merino-Ibarra, Martín

    2017-09-01

    Nutrient and chlorophyll-a distributions in the Bay of La Paz, Gulf of California, Mexico were analyzed during the late spring of 2004 to assess their relations to hydrography and circulation patterns. The results show the presence of both Gulf of California Water and Subtropical Subsurface Water. Water circulation was dominated by wind stress driven cyclonic circulation along f / H contours (f is planetary vorticity and H is depth), and upwelling resulting from the divergence shows a vertical velocity of ∼0.4 m d-1. Nutrient concentrations were higher in the center of the cyclonic pattern, where a rise in the nutricline contributed nutrients to the euphotic layer as a result of Ekman pumping. The vertical section showed the presence of a chlorophyll-a maximum at the thermocline shoaling to a depth of only 12 m. Along the surface, two peaks of chlorophyll-a were observed, one at Boca Grande and another off San Juan de la Costa, associated with upwelling and mixing derived from current interactions with abrupt topographies. The chlorophyll-a maximum increased from 0.8 mg m-3 in the external part of the cyclonic pattern to 2.0 mg m-3 in its center. The vertically integrated chlorophyll-a concentrations followed a similar pattern, rising from 10 to 20 mg m-2 and reaching their highest values in the center of the cyclonic circulation pattern. A schematic model was developed to describe processes that occur in late spring: the wind stress driven cyclonic structure promotes upward nutrient flux, which in turn drives an enhancement of chlorophyll-a. Upwelling was found to be the main mechanism of fertilization responsible for the enhancement of productivity levels by means of nutrient transport into the euphotic zone during spring. Other chlorophyll enhancement areas point to the occurrence of additional fertilization processes that may derive from interactions between cyclonic circulation patterns and the topography off of San Juan de la Costa, where phosphate mining

  1. [Temporal and Spatial Variation of Nutrients and Chlorophyll a, and Their Relationship in Pengxi River Backwater Area, Three Gorges Reservoir].

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    Zhang, Lei; Wei, Jian-jun; Fu, Li; Zhou, Chuan; Haffner, Douglas G

    2015-06-01

    In order to explore the temporal and spatial variation of nutrients and chlorophyll a and their relationship in the Three Gorges Reservoir, nutrients and chlorophyll a were monitored chronically and frequently in Gaoyang Lake in Pengxi River in the Three Gorges Reservoir from May 2013 to May 2014. The study showed that the thermal stratification affected the vertical distribution of chlorophyll a and nutrients. The water thermal stratification in Gaoyang Lake occurred in early March and disappeared in the middle of September, and there was no stratification in winter ( November to February of the second year). Chlorophyll a in the surface water increased from 14.92 microg x L(-1) to 183.73 microg x L(-1) and then the chlorophyll a concentration decreased with the increasing depth of the mixing layer ( epilimnion) in the spring of 2014. Furthermore, phosphorus concentration was significantly different among layers when the water stratified and the concentration gradient of TP between the surface and the bottom was (0.18 +/- 0.04) mg x L(-1). When water was not stratified in Gaoyang Lake, the surface, middle and bottom layers had similar concentrations of chlorophyll a and nutrients, respectively. Nitrate N and dissolved phosphorus were the major components of TN and TP, respectively, during the high water level period in Gaoyang Lake with nitrate N accounting for 71.4%-95.4% of TN and dissolved phosphorus 42.7%-94.% of TP, showing that the backwater from the mainstream of Yangtze was the main source of nitrate N and dissolved phosphorus in Gaoyang Lake.

  2. Molecular topology of the photosynthetic light-harvesting pigment complex, peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein, from marine dinoflagellates.

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    Song, P S; Koka, P; Prézelin, B B; Haxo, F T

    1976-10-05

    The photosynthetic light-harvesting complex, peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein, was isolated from several marine dinoflagellates including Glenodinium sp. by Sephadex and ion-exchange chromatography. The carotenoid (peridinin)-chlorophyll a ratio in the complex is estimated to be 4:1. The fluorescence excitation spectrum of the complex indicates that energy absorbed by the carotenoid is transferred to the chlorophyll a molecule with 100% efficiency. Fluorescence lifetime measurements indicate that the energy transfer is much faster than fluorescence emission from chlorophyll a. The four peridinin molecules within the complex appear to form two allowed exciton bands which split the main absorption band of the carotenoid into two circular dichronic bands (with negative ellipticity band at 538 nm and positive band at 463 nm in the case of peridinin-chlorophyl a-protein complex from Glenodinium sp.). The fluorescence polarization of chlorophyll a in the complex at 200 K is about 0.1 in both circular dichroic excitation bands of the carotenoid chromophore. From these circular dichroic and fluorescence polarization data, a possible molecular arrangement of the four peridinin and chlorophyll molecules has been deduced for the complex. The structure of the complex deduced is also consistent with the magnitude of the exciton spliting (ca. greater than 3000 cm-1) at the intermolecular distance in the dimer pair of peridinin (ca. 12 A). This structural feature accounts for the efficient light-harvesting process of dinoflagellates as the exciton interaction lengthens the lifetime of peridinin (radiative) and the complex topology increases the energy transfer probability. The complex is, therefore, a useful molecular model for elucidating the mechanism and efficiency of solar energy conversion in vivo as well as in vitro.

  3. Tattoos defined.

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    Goldstein, Norman

    2007-01-01

    Tattoo definitions from general, foreign language, medical dictionaries and textbooks are reviewed. In addition to the common usage "to mark the skin with pigments," the word tattoo, used as a noun, first meant a signal on a drum or bugle to call military men to quarters. This chapter includes a variety of colorful, cultural and historical references. The increasing popularity of tattoos stimulated the American Academy of Dermatology to produce the 2004 brochure Tattoos, Body Piercing and Other Skin Adornments, which is reproduce here. When asked by patients about getting tattooed, it is wise to caution that even with the variety of modern techniques for removal available, some scarring may result.

  4. Towards a unified approach for remote estimation of chlorophyll-a in both terrestrial vegetation and turbid productive waters

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    dall Olmo, G.; Gitelson, A. A.; Rundquist, D. C.

    2003-12-01

    The photosynthetic pigment chlorophyll-a is an indicator of biomass and productivity of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Numerous medium specific, independent techniques to extract information on chlorophyll-a concentration from reflectance have been developedŸn. However, the differences and similarities of methods for extracting chlorophyll-a amounts from reflectance spectral data collected over different types of media (e.g. water bodies and plant leaves) have not been compared and generalized. Recently a conceptual model, relating remotely sensed reflectance and pigment content in higher plant leaves has been developed. The model was devised to isolate the absorption coefficient of the pigment of interest from reflectance spectra using three spectral regions. The model allowed accurate estimation of chlorophyll content in leaves and leaf area index in crops. In this study we tested the applicability of the model to retrieve chlorophyll-a concentrations from reflectance spectra of turbid productive waters. We tuned the conceptual model according to the optical characteristics of the aquatic medium, and accurately predicted chlorophyll-a concentrations in water bodies over a wide range of optical conditions (chlorophyll from 7 to 194 mg m-3; total suspended matter from 0.1 to 214 mg L-1; absorption coefficient of dissolved organic matter from 0.7 to 2.3 m-1). Three spectral bands (the red, red edge and near infra-red) were used in the model, which accounted for 94% of the variance (p<0.0001) of chlorophyll-a concentrations measured analytically. In the range of chlorophyll variation from 7 to 194 mg m-3, the root mean square error (RMSE) of chlorophyll-a estimation was less than 11 mg m-3. The model was validated by independent data set yielding a RMSE of chlorophyll-a prediction lower than 13 mg m-3. Our results provide evidence that this technique may be considered as a general solution, independent of the type of medium, for assessing chlorophyll

  5. Synthesis of chlorophyll-a derivatives methylated in the 3-vinyl group and their intrinsic site energy.

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    Tamiaki, Hitoshi; Tsuji, Kazuki; Kuno, Masaki; Kimura, Yuki; Watanabe, Hiroaki; Miyatake, Tomohiro

    2016-07-01

    Wittig reaction of methyl pyropheophorbide-d possessing the 3-formyl group gave readily methyl pyropheophorbides-a bearing a variety of 3-alkenyl groups as semi-synthetic models of chlorophyll-a. The 3-substituents rotated around the C3-C3(1) bond from the coplanar conformation with the chlorin π-system, moving the redmost visible absorption maxima to a shorter wavelength. The model experiments showed that natural chlorophyll-a carrying the 3-vinyl group would take a similar rotamer to control its intrinsic site energy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Defining chaos

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    Hunt, Brian R.; Ott, Edward

    2015-09-15

    In this paper, we propose, discuss, and illustrate a computationally feasible definition of chaos which can be applied very generally to situations that are commonly encountered, including attractors, repellers, and non-periodically forced systems. This definition is based on an entropy-like quantity, which we call “expansion entropy,” and we define chaos as occurring when this quantity is positive. We relate and compare expansion entropy to the well-known concept of topological entropy to which it is equivalent under appropriate conditions. We also present example illustrations, discuss computational implementations, and point out issues arising from attempts at giving definitions of chaos that are not entropy-based.

  7. Validation of MODIS FLH and In Situ Chlorophyll a from Tampa Bay, Florida (USA)

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    Fischer, Andrew; MorenoMadrinan, Max J.

    2012-01-01

    Satellite observation of phytoplankton concentration or chlorophyll-a (chla) is an important characteristic, critically integral to monitoring coastal water quality. However, the optical properties of estuarine and coastal waters are highly variable and complex and pose a great challenge for accurate analysis. Constituents such as suspended solids and dissolved organic matter and the overlapping and uncorrelated absorptions in the blue region of the spectrum renders the blue-green ratio algorithms for estimating chl-a inaccurate. Measurement of suninduced chlorophyll fluorescence, on the other hand, which utilizes the near infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum may, provide a better estimate of phytoplankton concentrations. While modelling and laboratory studies have illustrated both the utility and limitations of satellite algorithms based on the sun induced chlorophyll fluorescence signal, few have examined the empirical validity of these algorithms or compared their accuracy against bluegreen ratio algorithms . In an unprecedented analysis using a long term (2003-2011) in situ monitoring data set from Tampa Bay, Florida (USA), we assess the validity of the FLH product from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer against a suite of water quality parameters taken in a variety of conditions throughout this large optically complex estuarine system. . Overall, the results show a 106% increase in the validity of chla concentration estimation using FLH over the standard chla estimate from the blue-green OC3M algorithm. Additionally, a systematic analysis of sampling sites throughout the bay is undertaken to understand how the FLH product responds to varying conditions in the estuary and correlations are conducted to see how the relationships between satellite FLH and in situ chlorophyll-a change with depth, distance from shore, from structures like bridges, and nutrient concentrations and turbidity. Such analysis illustrates that the correlations between

  8. Chlorophyll a Covalently Bonded to Organo-Modified Translucent Silica Xerogels: Optimizing Fluorescence and Maximum Loading.

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    García-Sánchez, M A; Serratos, I N; Sosa, R; Tapia-Esquivel, T; González-García, F; Rojas-González, F; Tello-Solís, S R; Palacios-Enriquez, A Y; Esparza Schulz, J M; Arrieta, A

    2016-07-22

    Chlorophyll is a pyrrolic pigment with important optical properties, which is the reason it has been studied for many years. Recently, interest has been rising with respect to this molecule because of its outstanding physicochemical properties, particularly applicable to the design and development of luminescent materials, hybrid sensor systems, and photodynamic therapy devices for the treatment of cancer cells and bacteria. More recently, our research group has been finding evidence for the possibility of preserving these important properties of substrates containing chlorophyll covalently incorporated within solid pore matrices, such as SiO₂, TiO₂ or ZrO₂ synthesized through the sol-gel process. In this work, we study the optical properties of silica xerogels organo-modified on their surface with allyl and phenyl groups and containing different concentrations of chlorophyll bonded to the pore walls, in order to optimize the fluorescence that these macrocyclic species displays in solution. The intention of this investigation was to determine the maximum chlorophyll a concentration at which this molecule can be trapped inside the pores of a given xerogel and to ascertain if this pigment remains trapped as a monomer, a dimer, or aggregate. Allyl and phenyl groups were deposited on the surface of xerogels in view of their important effects on the stability of the molecule, as well as over the fluorescence emission of chlorophyll; however, these organic groups allow the trapping of either chlorophyll a monomers or dimers. The determination of the above parameters allows finding the most adequate systems for subsequent in vitro or in vivo studies. The characterization of the obtained xerogels was performed through spectroscopic absorption, emission and excitation spectra. These hybrid systems can be employed as mimics of natural systems; the entrapment of chlorophyll inside pore matrices indicates that it is possible to exploit some of the most physicochemical

  9. Assessment of Chlorophyll-a Algorithms Considering Different Trophic Statuses and Optimal Bands.

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    Salem, Salem Ibrahim; Higa, Hiroto; Kim, Hyungjun; Kobayashi, Hiroshi; Oki, Kazuo; Oki, Taikan

    2017-07-31

    Numerous algorithms have been proposed to retrieve chlorophyll-a concentrations in Case 2 waters; however, the retrieval accuracy is far from satisfactory. In this research, seven algorithms are assessed with different band combinations of multispectral and hyperspectral bands using linear (LN), quadratic polynomial (QP) and power (PW) regression approaches, resulting in altogether 43 algorithmic combinations. These algorithms are evaluated by using simulated and measured datasets to understand the strengths and limitations of these algorithms. Two simulated datasets comprising 500,000 reflectance spectra each, both based on wide ranges of inherent optical properties (IOPs), are generated for the calibration and validation stages. Results reveal that the regression approach (i.e., LN, QP, and PW) has more influence on the simulated dataset than on the measured one. The algorithms that incorporated linear regression provide the highest retrieval accuracy for the simulated dataset. Results from simulated datasets reveal that the 3-band (3b) algorithm that incorporate 665-nm and 680-nm bands and band tuning selection approach outperformed other algorithms with root mean square error (RMSE) of 15.87 mg·m(-3), 16.25 mg·m(-3), and 19.05 mg·m(-3), respectively. The spatial distribution of the best performing algorithms, for various combinations of chlorophyll-a (Chla) and non-algal particles (NAP) concentrations, show that the 3b_tuning_QP and 3b_680_QP outperform other algorithms in terms of minimum RMSE frequency of 33.19% and 60.52%, respectively. However, the two algorithms failed to accurately retrieve Chla for many combinations of Chla and NAP, particularly for low Chla and NAP concentrations. In addition, the spatial distribution emphasizes that no single algorithm can provide outstanding accuracy for Chla retrieval and that multi-algorithms should be included to reduce the error. Comparing the results of the measured and simulated datasets reveal that the

  10. Assessment of Chlorophyll-a Algorithms Considering Different Trophic Statuses and Optimal Bands

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    Higa, Hiroto; Kobayashi, Hiroshi; Oki, Kazuo

    2017-01-01

    Numerous algorithms have been proposed to retrieve chlorophyll-a concentrations in Case 2 waters; however, the retrieval accuracy is far from satisfactory. In this research, seven algorithms are assessed with different band combinations of multispectral and hyperspectral bands using linear (LN), quadratic polynomial (QP) and power (PW) regression approaches, resulting in altogether 43 algorithmic combinations. These algorithms are evaluated by using simulated and measured datasets to understand the strengths and limitations of these algorithms. Two simulated datasets comprising 500,000 reflectance spectra each, both based on wide ranges of inherent optical properties (IOPs), are generated for the calibration and validation stages. Results reveal that the regression approach (i.e., LN, QP, and PW) has more influence on the simulated dataset than on the measured one. The algorithms that incorporated linear regression provide the highest retrieval accuracy for the simulated dataset. Results from simulated datasets reveal that the 3-band (3b) algorithm that incorporate 665-nm and 680-nm bands and band tuning selection approach outperformed other algorithms with root mean square error (RMSE) of 15.87 mg·m−3, 16.25 mg·m−3, and 19.05 mg·m−3, respectively. The spatial distribution of the best performing algorithms, for various combinations of chlorophyll-a (Chla) and non-algal particles (NAP) concentrations, show that the 3b_tuning_QP and 3b_680_QP outperform other algorithms in terms of minimum RMSE frequency of 33.19% and 60.52%, respectively. However, the two algorithms failed to accurately retrieve Chla for many combinations of Chla and NAP, particularly for low Chla and NAP concentrations. In addition, the spatial distribution emphasizes that no single algorithm can provide outstanding accuracy for Chla retrieval and that multi-algorithms should be included to reduce the error. Comparing the results of the measured and simulated datasets reveal that the

  11. Defining excellence.

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    Mehl, B

    1993-05-01

    Excellence in the pharmacy profession, particularly pharmacy management, is defined. Several factors have a significant effect on the ability to reach a given level of excellence. The first is the economic and political climate in which pharmacists practice. Stricter controls, reduced resources, and the velocity of change all necessitate nurturing of values and a work ethic to maintain excellence. Excellence must be measured by the services provided with regard to the resources available; thus, the ability to achieve excellence is a true test of leadership and innovation. Excellence is also time dependent, and today's innovation becomes tomorrow's standard. Programs that raise the level of patient care, not those that aggrandize the profession, are the most important. In addition, basic services must be practiced at a level of excellence. Quality assessment is a way to improve care and bring medical treatment to a higher plane of excellence. For such assessment to be effective and not punitive, the philosophy of the program must be known, and the goal must be clear. Excellence in practice is dependent on factors such as political and social norms, standards of practice, available resources; perceptions, time, the motivation to progress to a higher level, and the continuous innovation required to reshape the profession to meet the needs of society.

  12. An Improved Method for the Extraction and Thin-Layer Chromatography of Chlorophyll A and B from Spinach

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    Quach, Hao T.; Steeper, Robert L.; Griffin, William G.

    2004-01-01

    A simple and fast method, which resolves chlorophyll a and b from spinach leaves on analytical plates while minimizing the appearance of chlorophyll degradation products is shown. An improved mobile phase for the Thin-layer chromatographic analysis of spinach extract that allows for the complete resolution of the common plant pigments found in…

  13. Satellite Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll a in Support of Nutrient Management in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Estuaries

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    The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) has adopted as a water quality standard that chlorophyll a concentration should not exceed 40 ug/L in sounds, estuaries and other slow-moving waters. Exceedances require regulators to develop a Total Maximum Daily Limit...

  14. Allelic variations of a light harvesting chlorophyll A/B protein gene (Lhcb1) associated with agronomic traits in Barley

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    Light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-binding protein (LHCP) is one of the most abundant chloroplast proteins in plants. Its main function is to collect and transfer light energy to photosynthetic reaction centers. However, the roles of different LHCPs in light-harvesting antenna systems remain obscure. ...

  15. An Improved Method for the Extraction and Thin-Layer Chromatography of Chlorophyll A and B from Spinach

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    Quach, Hao T.; Steeper, Robert L.; Griffin, William G.

    2004-01-01

    A simple and fast method, which resolves chlorophyll a and b from spinach leaves on analytical plates while minimizing the appearance of chlorophyll degradation products is shown. An improved mobile phase for the Thin-layer chromatographic analysis of spinach extract that allows for the complete resolution of the common plant pigments found in…

  16. Method 445.0 In Vitro Determination of Chlorophyll a and Pheophytin ain Marine and Freshwater Algae by Fluorescence

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    This method provides a procedure for low level determination of chlorophyll a (chl a) and its magnesium free derivative, pheophytin a (pheo a), in marine and freshwater phytoplankton using fluorescence detection.(1,2) Phaeophorbides present in the sample are determined collective...

  17. Relationships Between Concentrations of Phytoplankton Chlorophyll a and Total Nitrogen in Estuaries: Implications for Development of Nutrient Criteria

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    Regression relationships between summer surface concentrations of phytoplankton chlorophyll a and total (inorganic + organic) nitrogen have been developed for four estuarine embayments and six riverine estuaries on the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts. All systems show spa...

  18. Optimizing the bio-optical algorithm for estimating chlorophyll-a and phycocyanin concentrations in inland waters in Korea

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    Several bio-optical algorithms were developed to estimate the chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) and phycocyanin (PC) concentrations in inland waters. This study aimed at identifying the influence of the algorithm parameters and wavelength bands on output variables and searching optimal parameter values. The opt...

  19. Determination of the chlorophyll a concentration by MODIS-Aqua and VIIRS satellite radiometers in Eastern Arctic and Bering Sea

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    Salyuk, P. A.; Stepochkin, I. E.; Bukin, O. A.; Sokolova, E. B.; Mayor, A. Yu.; Shambarova, J. V.; Gorbushkin, A. R.

    2016-12-01

    The waters of the Bering and Chukchi seas, as well as the De Long Strait, are investigated based on the data obtained in August 2013 during the scientific expedition of the Far Eastern Floating University on the research vessel Professor Khlyustin. Chlorophyll a concentrations calculated from MODIS-Aqua and VIIRS satellite data by ocean color and obtained by means of shipboard flow-through fluorometric measurements are comparatively analyzed. Vessel data are corrected for standard spectrophotometric measurements and the vertical depth distribution of phytoplankton. It has been found that, in the waters of the Eastern Arctic, satellite radiometers showed overestimated chlorophyll a concentrations in the upper seawater layer visible from the satellite. This is associated with the additional contribution of colored dissolved organic matter in the sea surface color. In the De Long Strait, satellite measurements incorrectly estimate the depth integrated chlorophyll a concentration, since the bulk of phytoplankton cells at a chlorophyll a concentration of 10-20 g/L is at depths of 25-30 m with luminosity of 5%.

  20. Method 445.0 In Vitro Determination of Chlorophyll a and Pheophytin ain Marine and Freshwater Algae by Fluorescence

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    This method provides a procedure for low level determination of chlorophyll a (chl a) and its magnesium free derivative, pheophytin a (pheo a), in marine and freshwater phytoplankton using fluorescence detection.(1,2) Phaeophorbides present in the sample are determined collective...

  1. RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SUMMER CONCENTRATIONS OF TOTAL NITROGEN AND CHLOROPHYLL A IN TEN COASTAL SYSTEMS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES

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    We have examined relationships between summer (JuneAugust) average concentrations of total nitrogen (TN) and chlorophyll a (chl a) concentrations in the near-shore Mid-Atlantic Bight and nine bays and estuaries in the eastern United States: Boston Harbor/Massachusetts Bay, Long I...

  2. Determination of chlorophyll-a amount in Golden Horn, Istanbul, Turkey using IKONOS and in situ data.

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    Ormeci, C; Sertel, E; Sarikaya, O

    2009-08-01

    The objective of this research was to explore an accurate and fast way of estimating chlorophyll-a amount, a water quality parameter (WQP), using IKONOS satellite sensor image and in situ measurements. Since the in situ data of WQPs are limited with the number of sampling locations, deriving a correlation between these measurements and remotely sensed image allows synoptic estimates of the related parameter over large areas even if the areas are in remote and inaccessible locations. In this study, simultaneously collected satellite image data and in situ measurements of chlorophyll-a were correlated using multivariate regression model. Different experiments were designed by changing the numbers and distributions of in situ measurements. Regression coefficients of each design and differences between model-derived data and in situ measurements were calculated to find out the optimum design to produce chlorophyll-a map of study region. Results illustrated that both the number and distribution of in situ measurements have impact on regression analysis, therefore should be selected attentively. Also, it is found that IKONOS imagery is an efficient and effective source to derive chlorophyll-a map of the large areas using limited number of ground measurements.

  3. RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SUMMER CONCENTRATIONS OF TOTAL NITROGEN AND CHLOROPHYLL A IN TEN COASTAL SYSTEMS IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES

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    We have examined relationships between summer (JuneAugust) average concentrations of total nitrogen (TN) and chlorophyll a (chl a) concentrations in the near-shore Mid-Atlantic Bight and nine bays and estuaries in the eastern United States: Boston Harbor/Massachusetts Bay, Long I...

  4. Satellite Remote Sensing of Chlorophyll a in Support of Nutrient Management in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Estuaries

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    The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) has adopted as a water quality standard that chlorophyll a concentration should not exceed 40 ug/L in sounds, estuaries and other slow-moving waters. Exceedances require regulators to develop a Total Maximum Daily Limit...

  5. A new tool for direct non-invasive evaluation of chlorophyll a content from diffuse reflectance measurements.

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    Muñoz-Ortuño, M; Serra-Mora, P; Herráez-Hernández, R; Verdú-Andrés, J; Campíns-Falcó, P

    2017-12-31

    Chlorophyll is a key biochemical component that is responsible for photosynthesis and is an indicator of plant health. The effect of stressors can be determined by measuring the amount of chlorophyll a, which is the most abundant chlorophyll, in vegetation in general. Nowadays, invasive methods and vegetation indices are used for establishing chlorophyll amount or an approximation to this value, respectively. This paper demonstrates that H-point curve isolation method (HPCIM) is useful for isolating the signal of chlorophyll a from non-invasive diffuse reflectance measurements of leaves. Spinach plants have been chosen as an example. For applying the HPCIM only the registers of both, a standard and the sample are needed. The results obtained by HPCIM and the invasive method were statistically similar for spinach leaves: 144±6mg/m(2) (n=5) and 155±40mg/m(2) (n=5), respectively. However, more precise values were achieved with the HPCIM, which also involved minimal experimental effort. The HPCIM method was applied to spinach plants stressed by the action of several pesticides and water scarcity, showing a decrease of chlorophyll a content with time, which is related with a loss of health. The results obtained were compared with those achieved by two different reflectance vegetation indices (Macc01 and NDVI). Although NDVI and HPCIM gave similar footprints for the plants tested, vegetation indices fail in the estimation of real content of the chlorophyll a. The HPCIM could contribute to improve the knowledge of the chlorophyll a content of vegetation like health indicator, by applying it to a much employed non-invasive technique such as diffuse reflectance, which can be used in place or in remote sensing mode. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. [Algorithm for estimating chlorophyll-a concentration in case II water body based on bio-optical model].

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    Yang, Wei; Chen, Jin; Mausushita, Bunki

    2009-01-01

    In the present study, a novel retrieval method for estimating chlorophyll-a concentration in case II waters based on bio-optical model was proposed and was tested with the data measured in the laboratory. A series of reflectance spectra, with which the concentration of each sample constituent (for example chlorophyll-a, NPSS etc.) was obtained from accurate experiments, were used to calculate the absorption and backscattering coefficients of the constituents of the case II waters. Then non-negative least square method was applied to calculate the concentration of chlorophyll-a and non-phytoplankton suspended sediments (NPSS). Green algae was firstly collected from the Kasumigaura lake in Japan and then cultured in the laboratory. The reflectance spectra of waters with different amounts of phytoplankton and NPSS were measured in the dark room using FieldSpec Pro VNIR (Analytical Spectral Devises Inc. , Boulder, CO, USA). In order to validate whether this method can be applied in multispectral data (for example Landsat TM), the spectra measured in the laboratory were resampled with Landsat TM bands 1, 2, 3 and 4. Different combinations of TM bands were compared to derive the most appropriate wavelength for detecting chlorophyll-a in case II water for green algae. The results indicated that the combination of TM bands 2, 3 and 4 achieved much better accuracy than other combinations, and the estimated concentration of chlorophyll-a was significantly more accurate than empirical methods. It is expected that this method can be directly applied to the real remotely sensed image because it is based on bio-optical model.

  7. Vertical distribution of primary production and chlorophyll a in the Kara Sea

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    Demidov, A. B.; Mosharov, S. A.

    2015-07-01

    On the basis of data obtained during three ecosystem expeditions in the Kara Sea, the vertical variability of the primary production (PP) and chlorophyll a (Chl) in autumn was studied. The Chl maximum was detected mainly on the surface (Chl0). A homogenous Chl distribution in the euphotic layer (1% photo-synthetically available radiation) and a nearly linear decrease in the Chl concentration below this layer were observed in waters with Chl0 values of 0.1-0.5 mg/m3. In waters with Chl0 > 0.5 mg/m3, the Chl concentration in the studied layer decreased linearly or exponentially. The subsurface Chl maximum (SCM) was registered weekly and was detected mostly in waters with a Chl0 content of 0.1-0.5 mg/m3. The SCM formation in the Kara Sea was consistent with the general patterns for the World Ocean. Water-column stability, the content of biogenic elements, and the level of subsurface irradiance had an approximately equal effect on SCM formation. The contribution of the SCM to the depth-integrated PP varied from 1 to 27%. The parameterization of vertical profiles of Chl was performed in order to be used in depth-integrated PP models. The Chl maximum on the surface and the negligible SCM facilitate the estimation of depth-integrated PP on the basis of satellite data and the use of vertical-resolution models.

  8. Characterization of the peridinin–chlorophyll a-protein complex in the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium

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    Jiang, Jing; Zhang, Hao; Kang, Yisheng; Bina, David; Lo, Cynthia S.; Blankenship, Robert E.

    2014-01-01

    The water-soluble peridinin–chlorophyll a-proteins (PCPs) are one of the major light harvesting complexes in photosynthetic dinoflagellates. PCP contains the carotenoid peridinin as its primary pigment. In this study, we identified and characterized the PCP protein and the PCP gene organization in Symbiodinium sp. CS-156. The protein molecular mass is 32.7 kDa, revealing that the PCP is of the monomeric form. The intronless PCP genes are organized in tandem arrays. The PCP gene cassette is composed of 1095-bp coding regions and spacers in between. Despite the heterogeneity of PCP gene tandem repeats, we identified a single form of PCP, the sequence of which exactly matches the deduced sequence of PCP gene clone 7 (JQ395030) by LC–MS/MS analysis of tryptic digested PCP, revealing the mature PCP apoprotein is 312 amino acids in length. Pigment analysis showed a peridinin-to-Chl a ratio of 4. The peridinin-to-Chl a Qy energy transfer efficiency is 95% in this complex. PMID:22497797

  9. Chlorophyll-a and nutrient distribution of Pahang coastal waters during southwest monsoon using satellite images

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    Shaari, F.; Mustapha, M. A.; Ali, M. M.; Lihan, T.

    2013-11-01

    The relationship of nutrients and phytoplankton chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) is a basis for understanding eutrophication in a coastal marine ecosystem. This study was conducted to determined Chl-a and nutrient distribution during the southwest monsoon in the coastal water of Pahang, Malaysia. Data of Chl-a from Level 1A data (1 km spatial resolution) were processed to monthly composites Level 3 of Aqua MODIS data from January 2006 to December 2011 to get climatological images. Distribution of Chl-a was described by the spatial map using satellite image of the ocean color properties. While nutrient distribution were explained using kriging technique and mapped using ArcGIS. Chl-a was higher near coastal area and lower towards off shore area due to the terrestrial influence especially from river discharge and aquaculture activity. High value of nitrate, ammonia and phosphate in Pahang coastal area during the southwest monsoon indicates influence of terrestrial discharge especially from river outflow and aquaculture. Distribution of Chl-a along the Pahang coastal area was influenced by nutrient.

  10. Spatiotemporal evolution of the chlorophyll a trend in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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    Zhang, Min; Zhang, Yuanling; Shu, Qi; Zhao, Chang; Wang, Gang; Wu, Zhaohua; Qiao, Fangli

    2017-09-07

    Analyses of the chlorophyll a concentration (chla) from satellite ocean color products have suggested the decadal-scale variability of chla linked to the climate change. The decadal-scale variability in chla is both spatially and temporally non-uniform. We need to understand the spatiotemporal evolution of chla in decadal or multi-decadal timescales to better evaluate its linkage to climate variability. Here, the spatiotemporal evolution of the chla trend in the North Atlantic Ocean for the period 1997-2016 is analyzed using the multidimensional ensemble empirical mode decomposition method. We find that this variable trend signal of chla shows a dipole pattern between the subpolar gyre and along the Gulf Stream path, and propagation along the opposite direction of the North Atlantic Current. This propagation signal has an overlapping variability of approximately twenty years. Our findings suggest that the spatiotemporal evolution of chla during the two most recent decades is part of the multidecadal variations and possibly regulated by the changes of Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, whereas the mechanisms of such evolution patterns still need to be explored. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Covalently linked chlorophyll a dimer: A biomimetic model of special pair chlorophyll

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    Wasielewski, Michael R.; Studier, Martin H.; Katz, Joseph J.

    1976-01-01

    The synthesis of a covalent dimer of chlorophyll a which possesses properties strikingly similar to those exhibited by P700 special pair chlorophyll in vivo is described. The covalent dimer is characterized by several spectroscopic techniques. Hydrogen bonding nucleophiles, such as water, primary alcohols, and primary thiols, are effective in generating a species from solutions of 10 μM covalent dimer in hydrophobic solvents which absorbs light near 700 nm. Formation of this in vitro special pair is a rapid, spontaneous process at room temperature. The range of nucleophiles which promote this process suggests that amino acid residues may function in a similar fashion to form P700 in chlorophyll-protein complexes. The photochemical properties of this in vitro special pair mimic those of in vivo P700 species. The 697 nm absorption of the in vitro special pair undergoes photo-bleaching rapidly in the presence of iodine that results in the production of a cation radical which exhibits an electron spin resonance signal similar to that of oxidized P700 observed in Chlorella vulgaris. PMID:16592367

  12. Characteristics of surface chlorophyll-a concentrations in the South China Sea

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    Huynh, Hong-Ngu T.; Alvera-Azcárate, Aida; Barth, Alexander; Beckers, Jean-Marie

    2017-04-01

    In this study, the spatial and temporal variability of surface chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentrations in the South China Sea (SCS) is investigated, using the cloud-free MODISA Chl-a data set (2003-2015) reconstructed by the Data Interpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions technique. EOF analysis on the reconstructed data set presents the characteristics of the surface Chl-a: (1) the first mode presents the high Chl-a concentrations, often with three peaks each year (January-February, June-July, and October-November), in coastal regions, except those of the Palawa and Philippines. (2) the second mode shows the surface Chl-a concentrations in the northern SCS is high in winter, with the highest values in the west of Luzon Strait, the east of Tonkin Gulf and along the northeast of Vietnam coast. (3) the third mode highlights the out-of-phase variability of surface Chl-a between the west and east coasts in winter and summer. The analysis also indicates that the variability of surface Chl-a is influenced by ENSO.

  13. Regionalization of the Gulf of Mexico from space-time chlorophyll- a concentration variability

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    Salmerón-García, Olivia; Zavala-Hidalgo, Jorge; Mateos-Jasso, Adriana; Romero-Centeno, Rosario

    2011-04-01

    Regions in the Gulf of Mexico are determined based on the statistical behavior of the long-term monthly means of chlorophyll- a concentration from SeaWiFS satellite estimations. An analysis based on the four largest modes of an empirical orthogonal decomposition, which account for 84.9% of the variance, results in nine spatial patterns with different statistical behavior representing 14 connected regions. The time evolution (or principal component) of the first two modes resemble the annual cycle, but each one with a different phase; the third mode represents a semiannual period and the fourth mode shows three maxima and minima. A map of the resulting regions is obtained and the oceanographic processes taking place in each region are discussed. The largest region covers most of the deep Gulf and the continental slope. Other regions in the deep Gulf are located southeast of the Mississippi River mouth and off-shelf of southern Texas and Tabasco, all associated with seasonal offshore cross-shelf transports. The shelves are associated with specific regions, but in wide shelves the inner and outer continental platforms are separated. Among the causes that determine different regions are topographic characteristics and the seasonal variability of physical processes, mainly entrainment caused by heat and momentum fluxes, upwelling, river plumes, and cross-shelf transports associated with the convergence of the along-coast currents.

  14. Low Temperature Absorption Spectra of Chlorophyll a in Polar and Nonpolar Solvents

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    Brody, S. S.; Broyde, S. B.

    1968-01-01

    Absorption spectra of chlorophyll a were measured in polar and non-polar solvents, as a function of temperature from 298° to 77°K. Both dilute and concentrated solutions were examined. In both types of solvents at room temperature, the absorption spectra of concentrated solutions differ from dilute ones in that the half width of the main red absorption band is greater, and all bands are shifted to longer wavelengths. These differences are largely due to the presence of dimers when the pigment concentration is high. In dilute ethanol solutions, where the chlorophyll is unassociated, cooling causes a red shift in all bands which is due to the increased polarity of the solvent at low temperature. On cooling at high concentrations in ethanol and EPA, a new band appears near 700 nm. This band is attributed to dimers present prior to cooling, but absorbing at shorter wavelengths at room temperature. In nonpolar solvents, a band near 700 nm appears at the solvent freezing point. In these solvents, the “700” nm absorption is attributed to dimers, and/or small polymers, partly formed by cooling. A change in aggregate geometry when the solvent becomes viscous or frozen can account for the appearance of this “700” nm absorption band at low temperature, in polar and nonpolar media. PMID:5713456

  15. Detailed investigation of ROS arisen from chlorophyll a/Chitosan based-biofilm.

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    Rizzi, Vito; Fini, Paola; Semeraro, Paola; Cosma, Pinalysa

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this work is to study the nature of reactive oxygen species, ROS, arisen from Chitosan/2-HP-β-Cyclodextrin/Chlorophyll a (CH/CD/Chla) blended biofilm under a photodynamic activity. Suitable molecules, called primary acceptors, able to react selectively with ROS, in turn generated by the photosensitizer (PS), herein Chla, are used to attempt this purpose. The changes of the absorption and the emission spectra of these acceptors after the irradiation of aqueous solution containing the active biofilm have provided the specific nature of ROS and thus the main pathway of reaction followed by PS, in our condition. The (1)O2 formation was unveiled using Uric Acid (UA) and 9,10-diphenilanthracene (DPA). On the other hand, 2,7- dichlorofluorescin and Ferricytochrome c (Cyt-c) were used to detect the formation of hydrogen peroxide and superoxide radical anion, respectively. Results suggest that among the possible pathways of reaction, namely Type I and Type II, potentially followed by PSs, in our condition the hybrid biofilm CH/CD/Chla follows mainly Type II mechanism with the formation of (1)O2. However, the latter is involved in subsequent pathway of reaction involving Chla inducing, in addition, the formation of O2(-) and H2O2.

  16. Chlorophyll a fluorescence lifetime reveals reversible UV-induced photosynthetic activity in the green algae Tetraselmis.

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    Kristoffersen, Arne S; Hamre, Børge; Frette, Øyvind; Erga, Svein R

    2016-04-01

    The fluorescence lifetime is a very useful parameter for investigating biological materials on the molecular level as it is mostly independent of the fluorophore concentration. The green alga Tetraselmis blooms in summer, and therefore its response to UV irradiation is of particular interest. In vivo fluorescence lifetimes of chlorophyll a were measured under both normal and UV-stressed conditions of Tetraselmis. Fluorescence was induced by two-photon excitation using a femtosecond laser and laser scanning microscope. The lifetimes were measured in the time domain by time-correlated single-photon counting. Under normal conditions, the fluorescence lifetime was 262 ps, while after 2 h of exposure to UV radiation the lifetime increased to 389 ps, indicating decreased photochemical quenching, likely caused by a damaged and down-regulated photosynthetic apparatus. This was supported by a similar increase in the lifetime to 425 ps when inhibiting photosynthesis chemically using DCMU. Furthermore, the UV-stressed sample was dark-adapted overnight, resulting in a return of the lifetime to 280 ps, revealing that the damage caused by UV radiation is repairable on a relatively short time scale. This reversal of photosynthetic activity was also confirmed by [Formula: see text] measurements.

  17. Evaluation of hyperspectral indices for chlorophyll-a concentration estimation in Tangxun Lake (Wuhan, China).

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    Huang, Yaohuan; Jiang, Dong; Zhuang, Dafang; Fu, Jingying

    2010-06-01

    Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration is a major indicator of water quality which is harmful to human health. A growing number of studies have focused on the derivation of Chl-a concentration information from hyperspectral sensor data and the identification of best indices for Chl-a monitoring. The objective of this study is to assess the potential of hyperspectral indices to detect Chl-a concentrations in Tangxun Lake, which is the second largest lake in Wuhan, Central China. Hyperspectral reflectance and Chl-a concentration were measured at ten sample sites in Tangxun Lake. Three types of hyperspectral methods, including single-band reflectance, first derivative of reflectance, and reflectance ratio, were extracted from the spectral profiles of all bands of the hyperspectral sensor. The most appropriate bands for algorithms mentioned above were selected based on the correlation analysis. Evaluation results indicated that two methods, the first derivative of reflectance and reflectance ratio, were highly correlated (R(2) > 0.8) with the measured Chl-a concentrations. Thus, the spatial and temporal variations of Chl-a concentration could be conveniently monitored with these hyperspectral methods.

  18. Temporal-spatial variations and developing trends of Chlorophyll-a in the Bohai Sea, China

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    Fu, Yanzhao; Xu, Shiguo; Liu, Jianwei

    2016-05-01

    The patterns of sea surface Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) have regional and dynamic features. An understanding of the Chl-a dynamics and whether its trends in the past will be persistent in the future is important for restoration of ecosystem. Spatial and temporal variations of sea surface Chl-a concentrations in the Bohai Sea were investigated with data remotely sensed by MODIS from 2003 to 2014. The goals of this research are to identify the phytoplankton dynamics and detect their correlation with environmental changes and anthropogenic activities. Based on an indicator system built with Mann-Kendall Test and Hurst Exponent, our research shows that the Chl-a concentration in the surface layer is heterogeneous in both temporal and spatial scale. It is higher in costal zones, particularly near the Qinhuangdao coast. The occurrence of spring and summer blooms has a one-month time lag from south to north. An increasing trend that was persistent is evident offshore and a decreasing trend that was persistent is seen near the coast, which may indicate an expansion of eutrophication from coast to deep sea. The seasonality of the phytoplankton bloom is basically driven by vertical structure of water column. Climate and mariculture activity are significant correlated with the Chl-a trends. River discharge and suspended sediment also influence Chl-a.

  19. Leaf Gas Exchange and Chlorophyll a Fluorescence in Maize Leaves Infected with Stenocarpella macrospora.

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    Bermúdez-Cardona, Maria Bianney; Wordell Filho, João Américo; Rodrigues, Fabrício Ávila

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the effect of macrospora leaf spot (MLS), caused by Stenocarpella macrospora, on photosynthetic gas exchange parameters and chlorophyll a fluorescence parameters determined in leaves of plants from two maize cultivars ('ECVSCS155' and 'HIB 32R48H') susceptible and highly susceptible, respectively, to S. macrospora. MLS severity was significantly lower in the leaves of plants from ECVSCS155 relative to the leaves of plants from HIB 32R48H. In both cultivars, net CO2 assimilation rate, stomatal conductance, and transpiration rate significantly decreased, while the internal to ambient CO2 concentration ratio increased in inoculated plants relative to noninoculated plants. The initial fluorescence and nonphotochemical quenching significantly increased in inoculated plants of ECVSCS155 and HIB 32R48H, respectively, relative to noninoculated plants. The maximum fluorescence, maximum PSII quantum efficiency, coefficient for photochemical quenching, and electron transport rate significantly decreased in inoculated plants relative to noninoculated plants. For both cultivars, concentrations of total chlorophyll (Chl) (a+b) and carotenoids and the Chl a/b ratio significantly decreased in inoculated plants relative to noninoculated plants. In conclusion, the results from the present study demonstrate, for the first time, that photosynthesis in the leaves of maize plants is dramatically affected during the infection process of S. macrospora, and impacts are primarily associated with limitations of a diffusive and biochemical nature.

  20. Photodynamic efficiency of a chlorophyll-a derivative in vitro and in vivo.

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    Zhang, Xiang-Hua; Zhang, Li-Jun; Sun, Jing-Jian; Yan, Yi-Jia; Zhang, Li-Xin; Chen, Na; Chen, Zhi-Long

    2016-07-01

    This paper reports the antitumor activity of a chlorophyll-a derivative, 2-[1-hydroxyethyl]-2-devinylpyropheophorbide-a (HEPa). Photophysical characteristics of HEPa were measured. And its cytotoxicity, intracellular localization, biodistribution, efficiency of photodynamic therapy (PDT), histological analysis were investigated using human bile duct carcinoma cells (QBC-939) and QBC-939 tumor bearing BABL/c nude mice as animal model. The results showed that HEPa was localized mainly within the cytoplasmic region and partially in lysosome. Biodistribution of HEPa in QBC-939 tumor bearing BABL/c nude mice showed its fast rate of clearance and high tumor selectivity. In vitro, HEPa had low dark toxicity and high photoxicity against QBC-939 cells. The inhibition rate of QBC-939 tumor could increase up to 92.3%, and H&E staining confirmed that HEPa could cause serious damage to the tumor with light dose of 100J/cm(2), implying that HEPa has potential to be a new antitumor candidate for photodynamic therapy (PDT).

  1. Coexistence of phycoerythrin and a chlorophyll a/b antenna in a marine prokaryote.

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    Hess, W R; Partensky, F; van der Staay, G W; Garcia-Fernandez, J M; Börner, T; Vaulot, D

    1996-01-01

    Prochlorococcus marinus CCMP 1375, a ubiquitous and ecologically important marine prochlorophyte, was bound to possess functional genes coding for the alpha and beta subunits of a phycobiliprotein. The latter is similar to phycoerythrins (PE) from marine Synechococcus cyanobacteria and bind a phycourobilin-like pigment as the major chromophore. However, differences in the sequences of the alpha and beta chains compared with known PE subunits and the presence of a single bilin attachment site on the alpha subunit designate it as a novel PE type, which we propose naming PE-III. P. marinus is the sole prokaryotic organisms known so far that contains chlorophylls a and b as well as phycobilins. These data strongly suggest that the common ancestor of prochlorophytes and the Synechococcus cyanobacteria contained phycobilins. Flow cytometric data from the tropical Pacific Ocean provide evidence that deep populations of Prochlorococcus possess low amounts of a PE-like pigment, which could serve either in light harvesting or nitrogen storage or both. Images Fig. 2 Fig. 4 PMID:8855320

  2. Is the trend in chlorophyll-a in the Arabian Sea decreasing?

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    Prakash, Prince; Prakash, Satya; Rahaman, Hasibur; Ravichandran, M.; Nayak, Shailesh

    2012-12-01

    Recent studies of satellite-derived Chlorophyll concentrations (Chl-a) in the western Arabian Sea (AS) have suggested an increasing temporal trend, but the length of the records used have typically been too short to resolve longer-term trends, if any. Our analysis of a long term satellite ocean color data shows a change of trend in the summer chlorophyll for the western AS before and after 2003; Chl-a concentration was indeed increasing till 2003, but appears to be declining since then, indicating a secular multi-year trend in Chl-a variability. However, this trend is not uniform over the entire region. Analysis of wind, sea surface temperature (SST), Sea Level Anomaly (SLA) and thermocline depth, suggests that the declining summer monsoon chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration may be due to increasing SLA in this region. The earlier observed biological changes in the western AS could be an artifact of the change in local winds and ocean dynamics, which may be a part of the natural long-term variability.

  3. Mapping chlorophyll-a through in-situ measurements and Terra ASTER satellite data.

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    Nas, Bilgehan; Karabork, Hakan; Ekercin, Semih; Berktay, Ali

    2009-10-01

    This paper presents an application of water quality mapping through real-time satellite and ground data. The Lake Beysehir which is the largest freshwater lake and drinking water reservoir in Turkey was selected as the study area. Terra ASTER satellite image is used as remote sensing data source for water quality mapping in addition to simultaneously performed in-situ measurements. Ground data is collected simultaneously with the ASTER overpass on June 09, 2005 over the Lake Beysehir. The spatial distribution map is developed by using multiple regression (MR) technique for water quality parameter, which is chlorophyll-a (chl-a). The results indicate that simultaneous ground and satellite remote sensing data are highly correlated (R (2) > 0.86). In the image processing step, geometric correction, image filtering and development of water quality map procedures are performed with the ERDAS Imagine and ArcGIS 9.0 software. The trophic status of Lake Beysehir is considered to be oligotrophic with an average 1.55 microg/l chl-a concentration.

  4. Evaluation of Hyperspectral Indices for Chlorophyll-a Concentration Estimation in Tangxun Lake (Wuhan, China)

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    Huang, Yaohuan; Jiang, Dong; Zhuang, Dafang; Fu, Jingying

    2010-01-01

    Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration is a major indicator of water quality which is harmful to human health. A growing number of studies have focused on the derivation of Chl-a concentration information from hyperspectral sensor data and the identification of best indices for Chl-a monitoring. The objective of this study is to assess the potential of hyperspectral indices to detect Chl-a concentrations in Tangxun Lake, which is the second largest lake in Wuhan, Central China. Hyperspectral reflectance and Chl-a concentration were measured at ten sample sites in Tangxun Lake. Three types of hyperspectral methods, including single-band reflectance, first derivative of reflectance, and reflectance ratio, were extracted from the spectral profiles of all bands of the hyperspectral sensor. The most appropriate bands for algorithms mentioned above were selected based on the correlation analysis. Evaluation results indicated that two methods, the first derivative of reflectance and reflectance ratio, were highly correlated (R2 > 0.8) with the measured Chl-a concentrations. Thus, the spatial and temporal variations of Chl-a concentration could be conveniently monitored with these hyperspectral methods. PMID:20644681

  5. Cloning and heterologous expression of chlorophyll a synthase in Rhodobacter sphaeroides.

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    Ipekoğlu, Emre M; Göçmen, Koray; Öz, Mehmet T; Gürgan, Muazzez; Yücel, Meral

    2017-03-01

    Rhodobacter sphaeroides is a purple non-sulfur bacterium which photoheterotrophically produces hydrogen from organic acids under anaerobic conditions. A gene coding for putative chlorophyll a synthase (chlG) from cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus was amplified by nested polymerase chain reaction and cloned into an inducible-expression plasmid which was subsequently transferred to R. sphaeroides for heterologous expression. Induced expression of chlG in R. sphaeroides led to changes in light absorption spectrum within 400-700 nm. The hydrogen production capacity of the mutant strain was evaluated on hydrogen production medium with 15 mM malate and 2 mM glutamate. Hydrogen yield and productivity were increased by 13.6 and 22.6%, respectively, compared to the wild type strain. The results demonstrated the feasibility of genetic engineering to combine chlorophyll and bacteriochlorophyll biosynthetic pathways which utilize common intermediates. Heterologous expression of key enzymes from biosynthetic pathways of various pigments is proposed here as a general strategy to improve absorption spectra and yield of photosynthesis and hydrogen gas production in bacteria. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Geomagnetic and strong static magnetic field effects on growth and chlorophyll a fluorescence in Lemna minor.

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    Jan, Luka; Fefer, Dušan; Košmelj, Katarina; Gaberščik, Alenka; Jerman, Igor

    2015-04-01

    The geomagnetic field (GMF) varies over Earth's surface and changes over time, but it is generally not considered as a factor that could influence plant growth. The effects of reduced and enhanced GMFs and a strong static magnetic field on growth and chlorophyll a (Chl a) fluorescence of Lemna minor plants were investigated under controlled conditions. A standard 7 day test was conducted in extreme geomagnetic environments of 4 µT and 100 µT as well as in a strong static magnetic field environment of 150 mT. Specific growth rates as well as slow and fast Chl a fluorescence kinetics were measured after 7 days incubation. The results, compared to those of controls, showed that the reduced GMF significantly stimulated growth rate of the total frond area in the magnetically treated plants. However, the enhanced GMF pointed towards inhibition of growth rate in exposed plants in comparison to control, but the difference was not statistically significant. This trend was not observed in the case of treatments with strong static magnetic fields. Our measurements suggest that the efficiency of photosystem II is not affected by variations in GMF. In contrast, the strong static magnetic field seems to have the potential to increase initial Chl a fluorescence and energy dissipation in Lemna minor plants.

  7. Free energies for the coordination of ligands to the magnesium of chlorophyll-a in solvents

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    Kobayashi, Rika; Reimers, Jeffrey R.

    2015-07-01

    The coordination of bases to chlorophyll magnesium modifies spectroscopic properties in solution as well as in situ in reaction centres. We evaluate the free energies of complexation of one or two pyridine, 1-propanol, diethyl ether or water solvent molecules at 298 and 150 K to rationalise observed phenomena. Various a priori dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations are performed as well as second-order Møller-Plesset calculations, focusing on the effects of dispersion modifying the intermolecular interactions, of dispersion modifying solvation energies, of entropy, and of basis-set superposition error. A process of particular interest is magnesium complexation in ether at low temperature that is often exploited to assign the Q-band visible absorption spectrum of chlorophyll. Recently, we demonstrated that trace water interferes with this process, but the nature of the resulting complex could not be uniquely determined; here, it is identified as ether.Chlorophyll-a.H2O, consistent with interpretations based on our authoritative 2013 assignment.

  8. Preparation of layered double hydroxide/chlorophyll a hybrid nano-antennae: a key step.

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    Sommer Márquez, Alicia E; Lerner, Dan A; Fetter, Geolar; Bosch, Pedro; Tichit, Didier; Palomares, Eduardo

    2014-07-21

    In the first step to obtain an efficient nano-antenna in a bottom-up approach, new hybrid materials were synthesized using a set of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with basic properties and pure chlorophyll a (Chl a). The stability of the adsorbed monolayer of Chl a was shown to be dependent on the nature and the ratio of the different metal ions present in the LDHs tested. The hybrid materials turned out to be adequate for stabilizing Chl a on Mg/Al LDHs for more than a month under ambient conditions while a limited catalytic decomposition was observed for the Ni/Al LDHs leading to the formation of pheophytin. These changes were followed by namely XRD, DR-UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopies of the hybrid antennae and of the solutions obtained from their lixiviation with acetone or diethylether. On Mg/Al hydrotalcites the stability of the adsorbed Chl a was equivalent for values of the metal atom ratio ranging from 2 to 4. The latter hybrids should constitute a good basis to form efficient nanoscale light harvesting units following intercalation of selected dyes. This work describes an efficient preparation of Chl a that allows scale-up as well as the obtention of a stable Chl a monolayer on the surface of various LDHs.

  9. Excitonic dynamics of Chlorophyll-a molecules in chitosan hydrogel scaffold.

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    Mandal, Pubali; Manna, Jhimli Sarkar; Das, Debmallya; Mitra, Manoj Kumar

    2015-04-01

    Biomimetic photo harvesting architecture has been proposed as an alternative for existing solar conversion systems. This fact led us to the successful realization of non-coherent electron hopping [hopping rate 4.28 ns(-1)] through excitonically coupled Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) molecules within chitosan hydrogel matrix via TCSPC (Time Correlated Single Photon Count) and fluorescence anisotropy measurements. Chl-a molecules remain stable within the hydrogel matrix up to 3 months, as evidenced from UV-vis spectroscopy. The mono-exponential decay parameter with 78 picoseconds time scale, high initial anisotropy data [r0 = 0.33] and with reduced TCSPC lifetime [1.311 ns] of 23° in plane aligned Chl-a macrocycles, indicate that hopping excitonic cascade is prominent among chlorophyll molecules. From the Raman Spectra, it can be postulated that they form a highly co-ordinated closely packed structure via water molecules within chitosan hydrogel due to 6th co-ordination through central Mg of porphyrin macrocycle. All these data predict that this chlorophyll-chitosan hydrogel can be an active component in artificial light harvesting systems.

  10. Assessment of remotely sensed chlorophyll-a concentration in Guanabara Bay, Brazil

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    Oliveira, Eduardo N.; Fernandes, Alexandre M.; Kampel, Milton; Cordeiro, Renato C.; Brandini, Nilva; Vinzon, Susana B.; Grassi, Renata M.; Pinto, Fernando N.; Fillipo, Alessandro M.; Paranhos, Rodolfo

    2016-04-01

    The Guanabara Bay (GB) is an estuarine system in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), with a surface area of ˜346 km2 threatened by anthropogenic pressure. Remote sensing can provide frequent data for studies and monitoring of water quality parameters, such as chlorophyll-a concentration (Chl-a). Different combination of Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) remote sensing reflectance band ratios were used to estimate Chl-a. Standard algorithms such as Ocean Color 3-band, Ocean Color-4 band, fluorescence line height, and maximum chlorophyll index were also tested. The MERIS Chl-a estimates were statistically compared with a dataset of in situ Chl-a (2002 to 2012). Good correlations were obtained with the use of green, red, and near-infrared bands. The best performing algorithm was based on the red (665 nm) and green (560 nm) band ratio, named "RG3" algorithm (r2=0.71, chl-a=62,565*x1.6118). The RG3 was applied to a time series of MERIS images (2003- to 2012). The GB has a high temporal and spatial variability of Chl-a, with highest values found in the wet season (October to March) and in some of the most internal regions of the estuary. Lowest concentrations are found in the central circulation channel due to the flushing of ocean water masses promoted by pumping tide.

  11. [To define internet addiction].

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    Tonioni, Federico

    2013-01-01

    Internet addiction is a new behavioral disorder difficult to define, especially when referring to young teenagers who make great use of web-mediated relationships. It's necessary to separate the cases of overt dependency on those in which the abuse of internet seems to have a different value, offering the only way to achieve the possible relationship. Internet is mediating a new way of communicating and thinking, this may favor the onset of clinical phenomena intended to surprise.

  12. Variability of chlorophyll-a concentration in the Gulf of Guinea and its relation to physical oceanographic variables

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    Nieto, Karen; Mélin, Frédéric

    2017-02-01

    The Gulf of Guinea represents a wide tract of the African coast with complex and rich coastal ecosystems undergoing various pressures. The seasonal variations of chlorophyll-a concentration (Chla) along the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and their relations with physical oceanographic variables were analyzed using satellite observations covering the period 2002-2012. The effects of sea surface temperature (SST), sea level anomalies (SLA), winds, geostrophic currents, eddy kinetic energy (EKE), mesoscale eddies and fronts were considered on a monthly time scale. The analysis for each unit area was carried out on a chlorophyll index (IChla) computed as the product of the mean distance from the coast to the eutrophic threshold (1 mg m-3 isoline) and the average Chla in the eutrophic area. The study, based on satellite-derived Chla, was allowed by the unprecedented coverage given by the products distributed by the ESA Ocean Colour Climate Change Initiative (OC_CCI) resulting from the merging of data from several satellite missions. The physical variables served as potential predictors in a statistical Boosted Regression Tree (BRT) model. To account for the heterogeneous nature of the GoG, the analysis was conducted on eight systems that made up a partition of the whole region defined on the basis of the BRT model results and climatological properties. The western-most domain, from Guinea-Bissau to Sierra Leone, was associated with upwelling properties in boreal winter and appeared to share some characteristics with the overall Northwest African upwelling system. The region of Ivory Coast and Ghana also had upwelling properties but the main upwelling season was in boreal summer. In general upwelling conditions with cold SST, negative SLA, fairly strong frontal activity, and moderate winds, appeared as the environmental window most favorable to high IChla values. For these systems, the BRT model fitted the IChla data well with a percentage of explained total deviance D2 between 70

  13. Method 446.0: In Vitro Determination of Chlorophylls a, b, c + c and Pheopigments in 1 2Marine And Freshwater Algae by Visible Spectrophotometry

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    This method provides a procedure for determination of chlorophylls a (chl a), b (chl b), c + c 1 2 (chl c + c ) and pheopigments of chlorophyll a (pheo a) 1 2 found in marine and freshwater phytoplankton. Chlorophyllide a is determined as chl a. Visible wavelength spectrophotomet...

  14. CHANGES IN CHLOROPHYLL A FLUORENSCENCE AND PIGMENT RATIOS DURING DIFFERENT GROWTH PHASES OF A UNICELLULAR MARINE CHEATOSEROS (BACILLARIOPHYCEAE) IN BATCH CULTURE

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    Photosystem II reaction centers per cell decreased as the cultures began to decline. The degree of inactivation increased daily as the cell numbers continued to decrease. The concentration of chlorophyll a per cell and the ratio of the major accessory pigments to chlorophyll a (e...

  15. Method 446.0: In Vitro Determination of Chlorophylls a, b, c + c and Pheopigments in 1 2Marine And Freshwater Algae by Visible Spectrophotometry

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    This method provides a procedure for determination of chlorophylls a (chl a), b (chl b), c + c 1 2 (chl c + c ) and pheopigments of chlorophyll a (pheo a) 1 2 found in marine and freshwater phytoplankton. Chlorophyllide a is determined as chl a. Visible wavelength spectrophotomet...

  16. CHANGES IN CHLOROPHYLL A FLUORENSCENCE AND PIGMENT RATIOS DURING DIFFERENT GROWTH PHASES OF A UNICELLULAR MARINE CHEATOSEROS (BACILLARIOPHYCEAE) IN BATCH CULTURE

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    Photosystem II reaction centers per cell decreased as the cultures began to decline. The degree of inactivation increased daily as the cell numbers continued to decrease. The concentration of chlorophyll a per cell and the ratio of the major accessory pigments to chlorophyll a (e...

  17. Chemical determination of particulate nitrogen in San Francisco Bay. Nitrogen: chlorophyll a ratios in plankton

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    Hager, S.W.; Harmon, D.D.; Alpine, A.E.

    1984-01-01

    Particulate nitrogen (PN) and chlorophyll a (Chla) were measured in the northern reach of San Francisco Bay throughout 1980. The PN values were calculated as the differences between unfiltered and filtered (0??4 ??m) samples analyzed using the UV-catalyzed peroxide digestion method. The Chla values were measured spectrophotometrically, with corrections made for phaeopigments. The plot of all PN Chla data was found to be non-linear, and the concentration of suspended particulate matter (SPM) was found to be the best selector for linear subsets of the data. The best-fit slopes of PN Chla plots, as determined by linear regression (model II), were interpreted to be the N: Chla ratios of phytoplankton. The Y-intercepts of the regression lines were considered to represent easily-oxidizable detrital nitrogen (EDN). In clear water ( < 10 mg l-1 SPM), the N: Chla ratio was 1??07 ??g-at N per ??g Chla. It decreased to 0??60 in the 10-18 mg l-1 range and averaged 0??31 in the remaining four ranges (18-35, 35-65, 65-155, and 155-470 mg l-1). The EDN values were less than 1 ??g-at N l-1 in the clear water and increased monotonically to almost 12 ??g-at N l-1 in the highest SPM range. The N: Chla ratios for the four highest SPM ranges agree well with data for phytoplankton in light-limited cultures. In these ranges, phytoplankton-N averaged only 20% of the PN, while EDN averaged 39% and refractory-N 41%. ?? 1984.

  18. Assessment of satellite retrieval algorithms for chlorophyll-a concentration under high solar zenith angle

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    Li, Hao; He, Xianqiang; Bai, Yan; Chen, Xiaoyan; Gong, Fang; Zhu, Qiankun; Hu, Zifeng

    2016-10-01

    Numerous empirical algorithms have been operationally used to retrieve the global ocean chlorophyll-a concentration (Chla) from ocean color satellite data, e.g., the OC4V4 algorithm for SeaWiFS and OC3M for MODIS. However, the algorithms have been established and validated based on the in situ data mainly measured under low to moderate solar zenith angle (<70°). Currently, with the development of the geostationary satellite ocean color remote sensing which observes from early morning to later afternoon, it is necessary to know whether the empirical Chla algorithms could be applied to high solar zenith angle. In this study, the performances of seven widely-used Chla algorithms under high solar zenith angles, i.e., OC2, OC3M, OC3V, OC4V4, CLARK, OCI, and YOC algorithms, were evaluated using the NOMAD global in situ ocean color dataset. The results showed that the performances of all the seven algorithms decreased significantly under high solar zenith angles as compared to those under low-moderate solar zenith angles. For instance, for the OC4V4 algorithm, the relative percent difference (RPD) and root-mean-square error (RMSE) were 13.78% and 1.66 μg/l for the whole dataset, and 3.95% and 1.49 μg/l for the solar zenith angles ranged from 30° to 40°, respectively. However, the RPD and RMSE increased to 30.45% and 6.10μg/l for solar zenith angle larger than 70°.

  19. Relationship of Northeast Atlantic albacore juveniles with surface thermal and chlorophyll-a fronts

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    Sagarminaga, Y.; Arrizabalaga, H.

    2014-09-01

    When the spring seasonal warming starts, North Atlantic albacore (Thunnus alalunga) juveniles and pre-adults perform a trophic migration to the northeastern Atlantic, to the Bay of Biscay, and to the southeast of Ireland. During this migration, albacore juveniles are mainly exploited by Spanish trolling and baitboat fleets. The present study analyzes the relationship between the albacore spatio-temporal distribution and the upper surface horizontal fronts in their migration paths and destinations. For this, albacore catches from personal fishing logbooks from Basque trolling and live-bait fleets and daily MODIS AQUA Chlorophyll-a and SST products covering the period 2003-2005 have being used. Gradients have been calculated with the front algorithm proposed by Belkin and O'Reilly (2009). The approach used to study the relationship of catches location with frontal areas is based in the comparison of distributions of gradient magnitude around catch locations versus gradient magnitudes in a Monthly Occupation Area. The results obtained show that there is a high spatio- temporal variability of SST and Chl-a fronts in the area. SST and Chl-a fronts are not coincident in time or in space. However, there is a clear seasonal pattern of SST and Chl-a frontal activity in the area with a peak in July for SST gradient magnitudes and a peak in April for Chl-a gradient magnitudes. The relationship of albacore juvenile catches with high gradient magnitude areas is different according to the months and fleets analysed. In general, there is no evidence of consistent adherence of albacore catches to areas with higher SST gradients. However, results suggest a potential association between both fleets catches and Chl-a high gradient magnitude areas in August and September.

  20. Linking chlorophyll a fluorescence to photosynthesis for remote sensing applications: mechanisms and challenges.

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    Porcar-Castell, Albert; Tyystjärvi, Esa; Atherton, Jon; van der Tol, Christiaan; Flexas, Jaume; Pfündel, Erhard E; Moreno, Jose; Frankenberg, Christian; Berry, Joseph A

    2014-08-01

    Chlorophyll a fluorescence (ChlF) has been used for decades to study the organization, functioning, and physiology of photosynthesis at the leaf and subcellular levels. ChlF is now measurable from remote sensing platforms. This provides a new optical means to track photosynthesis and gross primary productivity of terrestrial ecosystems. Importantly, the spatiotemporal and methodological context of the new applications is dramatically different compared with most of the available ChlF literature, which raises a number of important considerations. Although we have a good mechanistic understanding of the processes that control the ChlF signal over the short term, the seasonal link between ChlF and photosynthesis remains obscure. Additionally, while the current understanding of in vivo ChlF is based on pulse amplitude-modulated (PAM) measurements, remote sensing applications are based on the measurement of the passive solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF), which entails important differences and new challenges that remain to be solved. In this review we introduce and revisit the physical, physiological, and methodological factors that control the leaf-level ChlF signal in the context of the new remote sensing applications. Specifically, we present the basis of photosynthetic acclimation and its optical signals, we introduce the physical and physiological basis of ChlF from the molecular to the leaf level and beyond, and we introduce and compare PAM and SIF methodology. Finally, we evaluate and identify the challenges that still remain to be answered in order to consolidate our mechanistic understanding of the remotely sensed SIF signal.

  1. Chlorophyll a and turbidity patterns over coral reefs systems of La Parguera Natural Reserve, Puerto Rico.

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    Otero, Emesto; Carbery, Kelly K

    2005-05-01

    Studies of temporal and spatial changes in phytoplankton biomass and turbidity provide essential information on coral reef ecosystem function and health. Fluctuation of phytoplankton biomass responds to several factors including nutrient inputs, both anthropogenic and natural, while turbidity is mostly affected by sediment resuspension or transport from terrestrial systems. These parameters can be used as sentinels of significant environmental factors "modifying" coral reef systems. A chlorophyll a concentration (Chl a) and turbidity (Turb) in situ logger was installed at 10 stations from June 4 to July 7, 2003 in La Parguera Natural Reserve (Southwestern Puerto Rico) to assess short-term temporal and geographic variation in patterns of phytoplankton biomass and turbidity at pre-selected sites as part of an interdisciplinary long-term study. Average station Ch1 a variation was 0.17-1.12 microg 1(-1) and 0.2-23.4 NTU for Turb. Results indicate that the western near-coastal stations had higher levels of Turb and Ch1 a. The easternmost mid shelf station, Romero reef, was similar to coastal stations probably due to nutrient and suspended sediment inputs from a source external to our study area to the east, Guánica Bay. Comparisons between different sampling days indicate significant differences between days for most stations suggesting that one-time discrete sampling may not be representative of average water column conditions and illustrate the dynamic nature of coral reef systems. Further work is warranted to assess seasonal changes that integrate short-term (daily) variability in both Turb and Ch1 a.

  2. Assessing the influence of watershed characteristics on chlorophyll a in waterbodies at global and regional scales

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    Woelmer, Whitney; Kao, Yu-Chun; Bunnell, David B.; Deines, Andrew M.; Bennion, David; Rogers, Mark W.; Brooks, Colin N.; Sayers, Michael J.; Banach, David M.; Grimm, Amanda G.; Shuchman, Robert A.

    2016-01-01

    Prediction of primary production of lentic water bodies (i.e., lakes and reservoirs) is valuable to researchers and resource managers alike, but is very rarely done at the global scale. With the development of remote sensing technologies, it is now feasible to gather large amounts of data across the world, including understudied and remote regions. To determine which factors were most important in explaining the variation of chlorophyll a (Chl-a), an indicator of primary production in water bodies, at global and regional scales, we first developed a geospatial database of 227 water bodies and watersheds with corresponding Chl-a, nutrient, hydrogeomorphic, and climate data. Then we used a generalized additive modeling approach and developed model selection criteria to select models that most parsimoniously related Chl-a to predictor variables for all 227 water bodies and for 51 lakes in the Laurentian Great Lakes region in the data set. Our best global model contained two hydrogeomorphic variables (water body surface area and the ratio of watershed to water body surface area) and a climate variable (average temperature in the warmest model selection criteria to select models that most parsimoniously related Chl-a to predictor variables quarter) and explained ~ 30% of variation in Chl-a. Our regional model contained one hydrogeomorphic variable (flow accumulation) and the same climate variable, but explained substantially more variation (58%). Our results indicate that a regional approach to watershed modeling may be more informative to predicting Chl-a, and that nearly a third of global variability in Chl-a may be explained using hydrogeomorphic and climate variables.

  3. Environmental factors affecting chlorophyll-a concentration in tropical floodplain lakes, Central Brazil.

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    de Oliveira Marcionilio, Suzana Maria Loures; Machado, Karine Borges; Carneiro, Fernanda Melo; Ferreira, Manuel Eduardo; Carvalho, Priscilla; Vieira, Ludgero Cardoso Galli; de Moraes Huszar, Vera Lúcia; Nabout, João Carlos

    2016-11-01

    Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) has been widely used in the assessment and monitoring of aquatic environments. Local and regional factors can influence Chl-a concentrations; moreover, the connection between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems is a major paradigm within aquatic ecology. Here, we investigate the spatial distribution of Chl-a concentrations in a tropical savannah floodplain in Central Brazil using a broad spatial data set (a 900-km north-south transect; 30 lakes). We determine the relative importance of local environmental variables (limnological and morphometric) and regional (land use) and spatial distances (spatial eigenvector) on Chl-a concentrations using partial linear regression. We evaluate the direct and indirect effects of local and regional variables on Chl-a with a path analysis. Our results indicate spatially autocorrelated patterns wherein lakes in closer proximity showed more similar levels of Chl-a than more distant lakes. Local environmental factors explained most variance in Chl-a (R (2)adj = 0.28; P = 0.02); more specifically, both lake area and total nitrogen significantly (P < 0.05) explained Chl-a concentrations (direct effects). Meanwhile, regional factors neither directly nor indirectly predicted Chl-a. Thus, internal processes, such as the resuspension of sediment (which is frequent in tropical floodplains), rather than external influences, were the main factors that explained Chl-a concentrations in this study. The importance of local variables in structuring Chl-a concentration may be used to guide the conservation of the aquatic ecosystems in these tropical floodplain lakes.

  4. Field experiments of multi-channel oceanographic fluorescence lidar for oil spill and chlorophyll- a detection

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    Li, Xiaolong; Zhao, Chaofang; Ma, Youjun; Liu, Zhishen

    2014-08-01

    A Multi-channel Oceanographic Fluorescence Lidar (MOFL), with a UV excitation at 355 nm and multiple receiving channels at typical wavelengths of fluorescence from oil spills and chlorophyll- a (Chl- a), has been developed using the Laser-induced Fluorescence (LIF) technique. The sketch of the MOFL system equipped with a compact multi-channel photomultiplier tube (MPMT) is introduced in the paper. The methods of differentiating the oil fluorescence from the background water fluorescence and evaluating the Chl- a concentration are described. Two field experiments were carried out to investigate the field performance of the system, i.e., an experiment in coastal areas for oil pollution detection and an experiment over the Yellow Sea for Chl- a monitoring. In the coastal experiment, several oil samples and other fluorescence substances were used to analyze the fluorescence spectral characteristics for oil identification, and to estimate the thickness of oil films at the water surface. The experiment shows that both the spectral shape of fluorescence induced from surface water and the intensity ratio of two channels ( I 495/ I 405) are essential to determine oil-spill occurrence. In the airborne experiment, MOFL was applied to measure relative Chl- a concentrations in the upper layer of the ocean. A comparison of relative Chl- a concentration measurements by MOFL and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) indicates that the two datasets are in good agreement. The results show that the MOFL system is capable of monitoring oil spills and Chl- a in the upper layer of ocean water.

  5. Influence of Typhoon Matsa on Phytoplankton Chlorophyll-a off East China

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    Shao, Jinchao; Han, Guoqi; Yang, Dezhou

    2015-01-01

    Typhoons can cause strong disturbance, mixing, and upwelling in the upper layer of the oceans. Rich nutrients from the subsurface layer can be brought to the euphotic layer, which will induce the phytoplankton to breed and grow rapidly. In this paper, we investigate the impact of an intense and fast moving tropical storm, Typhoon Matsa, on phytoplankton chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration off East China. By using satellite remote sensing data, we analyze the changes of Chl-a concentration, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and wind speed in the pre- and post-typhoon periods. We also give a preliminary discussion on the different responses of the Chl-a concentration between nearshore and offshore waters. In nearshore/coastal regions where nutrients are generally rich, the Chl-a maximum occurs usually at the surface or at the layer close to the surface. And, in offshore tropical oligotrophic oceans, the subsurface maxima of Chl-a exist usually in the stratified water column. In an offshore area east of Taiwan, the Chl-a concentration rose gradually in about two weeks after the typhoon. However, in a coastal area north of Taiwan high Chl-a concentration decreased sharply before landfall, rebounded quickly to some degree after landfall, and restored gradually to the pre-typhoon level in about two weeks. The Chl-a concentration presented a negative correlation with the wind speed in the nearshore area during the typhoon, which is opposite to the response in the offshore waters. The phenomena may be attributable to onshore advection of low Chl-a water, coastal downwelling and intensified mixing, which together bring pre-typhoon surface Chl-a downward in the coastal area. In the offshore area, the typhoon may trigger increase of Chl-a concentration through uptake of nutrients by typhoon-induced upwelling and entrainment mixing. PMID:26407324

  6. Estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration of different seasons in outdoor ponds using hyperspectral imaging.

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    Wang, Lu; Pu, Hongbin; Sun, Da-Wen

    2016-01-15

    Chlorophyll a (Chl-a) is regarded as one of the important components to estimate water quality and sustainability of freshwater aquaculture operations. In the current study, a hyperspectral imaging (HSI) system was used to determine the effect of season models on the accuracy of Chl-a estimation in outdoor aquaculture ponds. A visible and near infrared hyperspectral imaging system (400-1000nm) was used to measure surface spectral reflectance (R) of water collected from outdoor ponds in four different seasons. Firstly, values of surface spectral reflectance (R) were amplified by a baseline correction (740nm). Two-band, three-band and four-band spectral reflectance were used to compute Chl-a concentration and a new cross band ratio algorithm with six wavelengths was proposed in the study. Results indicated that two-band model established based on reflectance ratio (R702/R666) had better performances for Chl-a prediction with determination coefficients (r(2)) of 0.908 than those by (R675(-1)-R691(-1))*R743 and (R675(-1)-R691(-1))/(R743(-1)-R691(-1)) models with r(2) of 0.902 and 0.896, respectively. Six optimal wavelengths (410, 682, 691, 966, 972, and 997) were identified using successive projections algorithm (SPA). The optimized regression model (R410(-1)-R966(-1))/(R682(-1)-R972(-1))/(R691(-1)-R997(-1)) showed best result with r(2) of 0.961 for Chl-a prediction. Model of cross band ratio algorithm with six wavelengths was mapped to each pixel in the image to display Chl-a component in outdoor ponds under four different seasons. The current study showed that it was feasible to use the HSI system for monitoring the influence of seasons for outdoor aquaculture water quality.

  7. Photoelectric properties of ITO/CdS/chlorophyll a/Ag heterojunction solar cells

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    Segui, J.; Hotchandani, S.; Baddou, D.; Leblanc, R.M. )

    1991-10-31

    The heterojunction ITO/CdS/Chl a/Ag (Chl a = chlorophyll a) solar cells have been prepared by sequential electrodeposition of CdS and Chl a onto conductive indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrode followed by vacuum deposition of Ag, and their photovoltaic studies have been carried out. The dark J-V and photovoltaic characteristics, especially the action spectra, suggest the presence of a barrier at CdS/CFhl a interface. Various photovoltaic parameters of the cells obtained for the incident light power of 20 {mu}W/Cm{sup 2} at 740 nm, the maximum of Chl a absorption in red region, are as follows: J{sub SC} {approx equal} 150-200 nA/cm{sup 2}, V{sub OC} {approx} 0.35-0.40 V, ff = 0.26, and {eta} (%) = 0.17. The measurements performed at three wavelengths, namely, 740, 680, and 560 nm, indicate that the cells (illuminated through CdS electrode) perform better for weakly absorbed light at 560 nm. The results further show that the use of CdS instead of Al as rectifying electrode has definitely led to an improvement in the performance of CdS/Chl a over Al/Chl a cells in terms of the decreased internal resistances, decreased dark current and voltage, increased fill factors, and increased power conversion efficiencies. This has been attributed to the elimination of insulating layer of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} existing at Al/Chl a interface.

  8. Relationships among nutrients, chlorophyll-a, and dissolved oxygen in agricultural streams in Illinois.

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    Morgan, Allyson M; Royer, Todd V; David, Mark B; Gentry, Lowell E

    2006-01-01

    A better understanding of the controls on algae and dissolved O2 in agricultural streams of Illinois is needed to aid in development of nutrient standards. We investigated the relationships between dissolved nutrients, algal abundance, and dissolved O2 in five streams in east-central Illinois from March through November 2004. The streams drained watersheds from 25 to 777 km2 that were dominated by row crop agriculture. Three sites had open canopies and two were bordered by a narrow forest of deciduous trees. Algal abundance was measured as chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentration in the water column (sestonic) and on the streambed (periphytic). Mean NO3-N concentrations ranged from 5.5 to 8.8 mg N L(-1) and did not relate to algal abundance. Sestonic chl-a values ranged from nearly zero to >15 mg m(-3) with no differences between open and shaded streams and only a weak correlation with dissolved reactive P (mean concentrations were 44-479 microg L(-1)). The results suggest that sestonic chl-a is a poor criterion for assessing nutrient-related problems in these streams. Greatest periphytic chl-a occurred during low flow from August through October, but periphyton occurred consistently in only two of the five streams. The abundance of filamentous algae explained 64% of the variation in diel O2 saturation, but was not correlated with nutrients. Currently it appears that hydrology and light, rather than nutrients, control algal abundance in these streams, and in the agricultural landscape of east-central Illinois, it may not be possible to reduce nutrient concentrations sufficiently to limit filamentous algal blooms.

  9. Estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in Turbid Lake using spectral smoothing and derivative analysis.

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    Cheng, Chunmei; Wei, Yuchun; Sun, Xiaopeng; Zhou, Yu

    2013-07-16

    As a major indicator of lake eutrophication that is harmful to human health, the chlorophyll-a concentration (Chl-a) is often estimated using remote sensing, and one method often used is the spectral derivative algorithm. Direct derivative processing may magnify the noise, thus making spectral smoothing necessary. This study aims to use spectral smoothing as a pretreatment and to test the applicability of the spectral derivative algorithm for Chl-a estimation in Taihu Lake, China, based on the in situ hyperspectral reflectance. Data from July-August of 2004 were used to build the model, and data from July-August of 2005 and March of 2011 were used to validate the model, with Chl-a ranges of 5.0-156.0 mg/m3, 4.0-98.0 mg/m3 and 11.4-35.8 mg/m3, respectively. The derivative model was first used and then compared with the band ratio, three-band and four-band models. The results show that the first-order derivative model at 699 nm had satisfactory accuracy (R2 = 0.75) after kernel regression smoothing and had smaller validation root mean square errors of 15.21 mg/m3 in 2005 and 5.85 mg/m3 in 2011. The distribution map of Chl-a in Taihu Lake based on the HJ1/HSI image showed the actual distribution trend, indicating that the first-order derivative model after spectral smoothing can be used for Chl-a estimation in turbid lake.

  10. Noise tolerance of algorithms for estimating chlorophyll a concentration in turbid waters.

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    Chen, Jun

    2014-04-01

    The accuracy and noise tolerance of 13 global models and 5 Case II chlorophyll a (chl a) retrieval models were evaluated using three dataset. It was found that if 5% input noise related to atmospheric correction is considered, then the uncertainty associated with noise tolerance varied from 5.5% to 55.6%, and these uncertainties generally accounts for 15.63% to 24.75% of the total uncertainty. This observation suggests that an optimal algorithm not only should have a strong chl a concentration prediction ability but also should possess high insensitivity to the noise of remote-sensing imagery. The accuracy evaluations of chl a models were based on comparisons of chl a predicted models with chl a concentration measured analytically for field measurements. The results indicate that none of the selected chl a estimation algorithms provide accurate retrievals of chl a in turbid waters. This may be attributed to the strong optical influence of organic and inorganic matter at the blue green range, and the non-negligible of non-organic matter absorption at the red and near-infrared ranges. In order to solve this problem, the chl a concentration retrieval models must be further optimized. After being optimized using the empirical optimized method constructed in this paper, a single parameterized NDCI (normalized difference chl a index) model produces accurate retrievals in the Yellow River Estuary, Taihu Lake and Chesapeake Bay. If 5% input noise associated with residual uncertainty 0of atmospheric correction is taken into account, the model produces only 29.96% uncertainty for the remote sensing of chl a concentration in these three turbid waters.

  11. Influence of Typhoon Matsa on Phytoplankton Chlorophyll-a off East China.

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    Zhao, Hui; Shao, Jinchao; Han, Guoqi; Yang, Dezhou; Lv, Jianhai

    2015-01-01

    Typhoons can cause strong disturbance, mixing, and upwelling in the upper layer of the oceans. Rich nutrients from the subsurface layer can be brought to the euphotic layer, which will induce the phytoplankton to breed and grow rapidly. In this paper, we investigate the impact of an intense and fast moving tropical storm, Typhoon Matsa, on phytoplankton chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration off East China. By using satellite remote sensing data, we analyze the changes of Chl-a concentration, Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and wind speed in the pre- and post-typhoon periods. We also give a preliminary discussion on the different responses of the Chl-a concentration between nearshore and offshore waters. In nearshore/coastal regions where nutrients are generally rich, the Chl-a maximum occurs usually at the surface or at the layer close to the surface. And, in offshore tropical oligotrophic oceans, the subsurface maxima of Chl-a exist usually in the stratified water column. In an offshore area east of Taiwan, the Chl-a concentration rose gradually in about two weeks after the typhoon. However, in a coastal area north of Taiwan high Chl-a concentration decreased sharply before landfall, rebounded quickly to some degree after landfall, and restored gradually to the pre-typhoon level in about two weeks. The Chl-a concentration presented a negative correlation with the wind speed in the nearshore area during the typhoon, which is opposite to the response in the offshore waters. The phenomena may be attributable to onshore advection of low Chl-a water, coastal downwelling and intensified mixing, which together bring pre-typhoon surface Chl-a downward in the coastal area. In the offshore area, the typhoon may trigger increase of Chl-a concentration through uptake of nutrients by typhoon-induced upwelling and entrainment mixing.

  12. [Distribution of Chlorophyll-a and Eutrophication State in Tianchi Lake of Tianshan Mountains in Summer].

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    Wang, Bin; Ma, Jian; Wang, Yin-ya; Yin, Xiang-jiang

    2015-07-01

    From June to August in 2014, the distributions of chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) and correlations with environmental factors were investigated, the eutrophication status and causes were discussed in Tianchi Lake of Tianshan Mountains. The results showed that the Chl-a concentrations ranged from 2. 11 to 4. 06 µg. L -1 with a mean value of (2. 8 ± 0. 69) µg . L-1 in summer, the vertical distribution of Chl-a in different monitoring zones had a similar characteristic that the Chl-a concentration in epilimnionis (2-12 m) was higher than those at the surface (0-2 m) and hypolimnion (below 12 m). The Chl-a concentration had significant negative correlations with depth and conductivity, significant positive correlations with water temperature, pH value, the concentration of dissolved oxygen, the cell density of algae and TP, and less correlation with TN. The mean concentrations of TN and TP in Tianchi Lake in summer were 0.27 mg . L-1 and 0.035 mg. L-1 respectively, both of which exceeded the international standards of general eutrophic lakes. The modified Carlson trophic state index was used to assess the eutrophication status of Tianchi Lake, which is currently at a moderate eutrophication level. The reasons might be the increased nutrients attributed to soil erosion, and algae blooms due to the changes in the composition of hydrobios. Therefore, it is important to use ecological restoration and management to protect the water quality and surrounding vegetation, which may mitigate the risk of eutrophication in Tianchi Lake.

  13. Distribution of the primary production and chlorophyll a in the Kara Sea in September of 2007

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    Mosharov, S. A.

    2010-12-01

    The studies were performed from September 10 to 29 of 2007 in the Kara Sea in transects westward of the Yamal Peninsula, near the St. Anna Trough, in the Ob River's estuary, and on the adjacent shelf. The concentration of chlorophyll a in the euphotic layer changed from 0.02 to 4.37 mg/m3, amounting on the average to 0.76 mg/m3. The primary production in the water column varied from 10.9 to 148.0 mg C/m2 per day (the mean was 56.9 mg C/m2 per day). It was shown that frontal zones divided the Kara Sea into distinct areas with different productivities. The maximum levels of the primary production were measured in the deep part of the Yamal transect (132.4 mg C/m2 per day) and the shallow Kara Sea shelf near the Ob River's estuary (74.9 mg C/m2 per day). The characteristics of these regions were the low salinity of the surface water layer (19-25 psu) and the elevated silicon content (12.8-28.1 μg-atom Si/l), which is explainable by the river water inflow. The frontal zones of the Yamal Current in the Yamal and Ob transects displayed high values of the assimilation numbers, amounting to 2.32 and 1.49 mg C/mg of chlorophyll per h, respectively (the maximal for the studied regions).

  14. Spectral and kinetic parameters of phosphorescence of triplet chlorophyll a in the photosynthetic apparatus of plants.

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    Krasnovsky, A A; Kovalev, Yu V

    2014-04-01

    Spectral and kinetic parameters and quantum yield of IR phosphorescence accompanying radiative deactivation of the chlorophyll a (Chl a) triplet state were compared in pigment solutions, greening and mature plant leaves, isolated chloroplasts, and thalluses of macrophytic marine algae. On the early stages of greening just after the Shibata shift, phosphorescence is determined by the bulk Chl a molecules. According to phosphorescence measurement, the quantum yield of triplet state formation is not less than 25%. Further greening leads to a strong decrease in the phosphorescence yield. In mature leaves developing under normal irradiation conditions, the phosphorescence yield declined 1000-fold. This parameter is stable in leaves of different plant species. Three spectral forms of phosphorescence-emitting chlorophyll were revealed in the mature photosynthetic apparatus with the main emission maxima at 955, 975, and 995 nm and lifetimes ~1.9, ~1.5, and 1.1-1.3 ms. In the excitation spectra of chlorophyll phosphorescence measured in thalluses of macrophytic green and red algae, the absorption bands of Chl a and accessory pigments - carotenoids, Chl b, and phycobilins - were observed. These data suggest that phosphorescence is emitted by triplet chlorophyll molecules that are not quenched by carotenoids and correspond to short wavelength forms of Chl a coupled to the normal light harvesting pigment complex. The concentration of the phosphorescence-emitting chlorophyll molecules in chloroplasts and the contribution of these molecules to chlorophyll fluorescence were estimated. Spectral and kinetic parameters of the phosphorescence corresponding to the long wavelength fluorescence band at 737 nm were evaluated. The data indicate that phosphorescence provides unique information on the photophysics of pigment molecules, molecular organization of the photosynthetic apparatus, and mechanisms and efficiency of photodynamic stress in plants.

  15. Estimation of Chlorophyll-a Concentration in Turbid Lake Using Spectral Smoothing and Derivative Analysis

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    Cheng, Chunmei; Wei, Yuchun; Sun, Xiaopeng; Zhou, Yu

    2013-01-01

    As a major indicator of lake eutrophication that is harmful to human health, the chlorophyll-a concentration (Chl-a) is often estimated using remote sensing, and one method often used is the spectral derivative algorithm. Direct derivative processing may magnify the noise, thus making spectral smoothing necessary. This study aims to use spectral smoothing as a pretreatment and to test the applicability of the spectral derivative algorithm for Chl-a estimation in Taihu Lake, China, based on the in situ hyperspectral reflectance. Data from July–August of 2004 were used to build the model, and data from July–August of 2005 and March of 2011 were used to validate the model, with Chl-a ranges of 5.0–156.0 mg/m3, 4.0–98.0 mg/m3 and 11.4–35.8 mg/m3, respectively. The derivative model was first used and then compared with the band ratio, three-band and four-band models. The results show that the first-order derivative model at 699 nm had satisfactory accuracy (R2 = 0.75) after kernel regression smoothing and had smaller validation root mean square errors of 15.21 mg/m3 in 2005 and 5.85 mg/m3 in 2011. The distribution map of Chl-a in Taihu Lake based on the HJ1/HSI image showed the actualdistribution trend, indicating that the first-order derivative model after spectral smoothing can be used for Chl-a estimation in turbid lake. PMID:23880727

  16. Assessing the Effectiveness of Landsat 8 Chlorophyll-a Retrieval Algorithms for Regional Freshwater Management

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    Boucher, J. M.; Weathers, K. C.; Norouzi, H.; Prakash, S.; Saberi, S. J.

    2016-12-01

    Predicting algal blooms has become a priority for municipalities, businesses, and citizens. Remote sensing (RS) offers solutions to the spatial and temporal challenges facing existing lake monitoring programs that rely primarily on high-investment in situ measurements. Techniques to remotely measure chlorophyll-a (chl-a) as a proxy for algal biomass have been limited to large water bodies in particular seasons and chl-a ranges. This study explores the relationship between in-lake measured chl-a data in Maine and New Hampshire and chl-a retrieval algorithms. Landsat 8 images were obtained and required atmospheric and radiometric corrections. Six indices including the NDVI and KIVU algorithms were tested to validate their applicability on a regional scale on ten scenes from 2013-2015 covering 169 lakes. In addition, more robust novel models were also explored. For late-summer scenes, existing algorithms accounted for nearly 90% of the variation in in-situ measurements, however, we found a significant effect of time of year on each index. A sensitivity analysis revealed that rainfall in the region as well as a longer time difference between in situ measurements and the satellite image increased noise in the models. The quantification of these confounding influences points to potential solutions such as incorporating remotely sensed water temperature into models as a proxy of seasonal effects. Novel models built to fit particular scenes reduced this variability, but they required more satellite band inputs that do not yet have a clear ecological relevance. These results suggest that RS could be an effective and accessible tool for monitoring programs at the regional scale. Although they are subject to some of the limitations of traditional monitoring imposed by the weather, high-resolution satellites like Landsat 8 provide a promising opportunity for protecting freshwater resources.

  17. Southern Ocean wind-driven entrainment enhances satellite chlorophyll-a through the summer

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    Carranza, Magdalena M.; Gille, Sarah T.

    2015-01-01

    Despite being the largest High Nitrate Low Chlorophyll (HNLC) region, the Southern Ocean sustains phytoplankton blooms through the summer, when presumably there is sufficient light, but nutrients in the euphotic zone have been depleted. Physical processes that can potentially supply nutrients from subsurface waters to the euphotic zone, and promote phytoplankton growth in the summer, have not been fully explored at the large scale. By means of a correlation analysis, this study combines high-resolution satellite observations of ocean color, winds and sea surface temperature, surface heat fluxes from reanalysis and Argo mixed-layer depth (MLD) estimates to explore the role of the atmospheric forcing (i.e., winds and surface heat fluxes) on upper ocean processes that may help sustain high satellite chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) through the summer. Two physical processes that can supply nutrients to the euphotic zone are: MLD deepening, caused by wind-mixing and/or surface cooling, and Ekman pumping driven by the wind stress curl. We find that high winds correlate with high Chl-a over broad open ocean areas, suggesting that transient MLD deepening through wind-mixing (i.e., wind-driven entrainment) helps sustain high Chl-a. Wind-driven entrainment plays a dominant role on time scales associated with atmospheric synoptic storms (i.e., <10 days) and has a larger influence on surface Chl-a than storm scale local Ekman pumping. Based on our analysis of statistically significant correlation patterns, we identify regions in the Southern Ocean where wind-induced entrainment may play a role in sustaining summer phytoplankton blooms.

  18. Enigmatic relationship between chlorophyll a concentrations and photosynthetic rates at Station ALOHA.

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    Laws, E A; Bidigare, R R; Karl, D M

    2016-09-01

    An ordinary least squares (OLS) analysis of the relationship between chlorophyll a (chl a) concentrations and photosynthetic rates at depths of 5 and 25 m at Station ALOHA produced a slope that was only 28% of the mean productivity index at those depths and an intercept at zero chl a that equaled 70% of the mean photosynthetic rate. OLS regression lines are known to produce a slope and intercept that are biased estimates of the true slope and intercept when the explanatory variable, X, is uncontrolled, but in this case the measurement errors and natural variability of the chl a concentrations were much too small to explain the apparent bias. The bias was traceable to the fact that the photosynthetic rates were determined by more than one explanatory variable, a source of variability that is typically overlooked in discussions of OLS bias. Modeling the photosynthetic rates as a function of the product of chl a and surface irradiance produced a much more accurate and realistic description of the data, but the OLS continued to be biased, presumably because the photosynthetic rates were functions of factors in addition to chl a and surface irradiance (e.g., temperature, macronutrients, trace metals, and vitamins). The results underscore the need to recognize that the absence of bias in an OLS when X is not controlled implies that all scatter in the data about the OLS is due to errors in the dependent variable, an unlikely scenario. In most cases, resolution of the bias problem will require identification of the explanatory variables in addition to X that determine the dependent variable.

  19. Measuring chlorophyll a and /sup 14/C-labeled photosynthate in aquatic angiosperms by the use of a tissue solubilizer

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    Beer, S.; Stewart, A.J.; Wetzel, R.G.

    1982-01-01

    A compound that quantitatively correlated with chlorophyll a could be measured fluorometrically in the extracts of leaves of three aquatic angiosperms (Myriophyllum heterophyllum Michx., Potamogeton crispus L., Elodea canadensis Michx.) treated with the tissue solubilizer BTS-450. Fluorescent characteristics of the solubilized plant tissues were stable for several weeks in the dark at temperatures up to 60/sup 0/C but rapidly degraded in sunlight or when acidified. /sup 14/C-Labeled photosynthate, which had been fixed by leaf discs during 1- to 10-hour exposure to H/sup 14/CO/sub 3/, was also readily extracted by the tissue solubilizer. Solubilizer extraction can, therefore, be use to determine both chlorophyll a content and /sup 14/C incorporation rates in the same leaf sample. The method is practical, because no grinding is required, the fluorescent characteristics of the extracts are stable, and analyses can be performed with very little plant material (about 3 milligrams).

  20. Rapid field estimation of biochemical oxygen demand in a subtropical eutrophic urban lake with chlorophyll a fluorescence.

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    Xu, Zhen; Xu, Y Jun

    2015-01-01

    Development of a technique for rapid field estimation of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is necessary for cost-effective monitoring and management of urban lakes. While several studies reported the usefulness of laboratory tryptophan-like fluorescence technique in predicting 5-day BOD (BOD₅) of wastewater and leachates, little is known about the predictability of field chlorophyll fluorescence measurements for BOD of urban lake waters that are constantly exposed to the mixture of chemical compounds. This study was conducted to develop a numeric relationship between chlorophyll a fluorescence and BOD for a eutrophic urban lake that is widely representative of lake water conditions in the subtropical southern USA. From October 2012 to September 2013, in situ measurements at the studied lake were made every 2 weeks on chlorophyll a fluorescence and other water quality parameters including water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and specific conductivity. Water samples were taken for 5-day BOD and 10-day BOD (BOD₁₀) analysis with and without incubation. The results showed a clear seasonal trend of both BOD measurements being high during the summer and low during the winter. There was a linear, positive relationship between chlorophyll a fluorescence and BOD, and the relationship appeared to be stronger with the 10-day BOD (r(2) = 0.83) than with the 5-day BOD (r(2) = 0.76). BOD dropped each day with declining chlorophyll a fluorescence, suggesting that die-off of phytoplankton has been the main consumption of oxygen in the studied lake. Ambient conditions such as rainfall and water temperature may have partially affected BOD variation.

  1. Anti-inflammatory effects of dulse (Palmaria palmata) resulting from the simultaneous water-extraction of phycobiliproteins and chlorophyll a.

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    Lee, Daeyoung; Nishizawa, Mizuho; Shimizu, Yutaka; Saeki, Hiroki

    2017-10-01

    The use of dulse (Palmaria palmata) as a source of edible anti-inflammatory products was evaluated in this study. Phycobiliproteins and chlorophyll a were simultaneously extracted from lyophilized dulse leaves via water-extraction, and subjected to thermolysin digestion to produce thermolysin-digested water-extract (d-DWE). d-DWE significantly reduced tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6, and nitric oxide in LPS-stimulated murine macrophages (RAW 264.7 cells), and orally administered d-DWE mitigated acute inflammation in carrageenan-induced paw edema of mice. Mass spectrometry revealed d-DWE contained peptide LRDGEIILRY (derived from phycoerythrin β-chain) and chlorophyll a decomposition products, and they individually reduced the secretion of the proinflammatory mediators in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells. These results indicate the anti-inflammatory activity could be from a combined effect of phycobiliprotein and chlorophyll a decomposition products prepared from the water-extract of dulse. Thus, inexpensive and safe water-extraction method is effective for the extraction of anti-inflammatory components from dulse. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Complex interactions among nutrients, chlorophyll-a, and microcystins in three stormwater wet detention basins with floating treatment wetlands.

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    Hartshorn, Nicholas; Marimon, Zachary; Xuan, Zhemin; Cormier, Jessica; Chang, Ni-Bin; Wanielista, Martin

    2016-02-01

    Stormwater wet detention ponds hold a permanent pool of water and offer many beneficial uses including flood mitigation, pollution prevention, downstream erosion control, increased aesthetics, and recreational uses. Although the removal of nutrients is generally low for stormwater wet detention ponds in urban areas, floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) can be installed to offer an innovative solution toward naturally removing excess nutrients and aiding in stormwater management. To improve the stormwater reuse potential, this study assessed nutrient, microcystin, and chlorophyll-a interactions in three Florida stormwater wet detention ponds with recently implemented FTWs. Both episodic (storm events) and routine (non-storm events) sampling campaigns were carried out at the three ponds located in Ruskin, Gainesville, and Orlando. The results showed a salient negative correlation between total phosphorus and microcystin concentrations for both storm and non-storm events across all three ponds. The dominant nutrient species in correlation seemed to be total phosphorus, which correlated positively with chlorophyll-a concentrations at all ponds and sampling conditions, with the exception of Orlando non-storm events. These results showed a correlation conditional to the candidate pond and sampling conditions for microcystin and chlorophyll-a concentrations.

  3. Novel type of red-shifted chlorophyll a antenna complex from Chromera velia: II. Biochemistry and spectroscopy.

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    Bína, David; Gardian, Zdenko; Herbstová, Miroslava; Kotabová, Eva; Koník, Peter; Litvín, Radek; Prášil, Ondřej; Tichý, Josef; Vácha, František

    2014-06-01

    A novel chlorophyll a containing pigment-protein complex expressed by cells of Chromera velia adapted to growth under red/far-red illumination [1]. Purification of the complex was achieved by means of anion-exchange chromatography and gel-filtration. The antenna is shown to be an aggregate of ~20kDa proteins of the light-harvesting complex (LHC) family, unstable in the isolated form. The complex possesses an absorption maximum at 705nm at room temperature in addition to the main chlorophyll a maximum at 677nm producing the major emission band at 714nm at room temperature. The far-red absorption is shown to be the property of the isolated aggregate in the intact form and lost upon dissociation. The purified complex was further characterized by circular dichroism spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. This work thus identified the third different class of antenna complex in C. velia after the recently described FCP-like and LHCr-like antennas. Possible candidates for red antennas are identified in other taxonomic groups, such as eustigmatophytes and the relevance of the present results to other known examples of red-shifted antenna from other organisms is discussed. This work appears to be the first successful isolation of a chlorophyll a-based far-red antenna complex absorbing above 700nm unrelated to LHCI. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Synthesis of methyl (13(2)R/S)-alkyl-pyropheophorbide a and a non-epimerized chlorophyll a mimic.

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    Ogasawara, Shin; Tamiaki, Hitoshi

    2015-10-15

    The (13(2)R/S)-methoxycarbonyl group of methyl pheophorbides a/a' (chlorophyll a/a' derivatives) was converted to methyl, ethyl, propyl, and isopropyl groups through the C13(2)-alkylation under basic conditions followed by pyrolysis in 2,4,6-collidine with lithium iodide. All the resulting products, methyl 13(2)-alkyl-pyropheophorbides a, predominantly gave the (13(2)R)-stereoisomers with about one tenth of the (13(2)S)-epimers. Their stereochemistry was determined by 1D/2D NMR and their optical properties were characterized by visible absorption and circular dichroism spectroscopy. Methyl (13(2)R)-propyl-pyropheophorbide a was converted to (13(2)R)-propyl-pyrochlorophyll a by ester exchanging and magnesium chelating reactions. The synthetic chlorophyll a analogue showed non-epimerization at the 13(2)-position in pyridine-d5 at 40°C, while naturally occurring chlorophyll a was easily epimerized under the same conditions to give its epimeric mixture.

  5. In Vivo Assessment of Cold Tolerance through Chlorophyll-a Fluorescence in Transgenic Zoysiagrass Expressing Mutant Phytochrome A

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    Gururani, Mayank Anand; Venkatesh, Jelli; Ganesan, Markkandan; Strasser, Reto Jörg; Han, Yunjeong; Kim, Jeong-Il; Lee, Hyo-Yeon; Song, Pill-Soon

    2015-01-01

    Chlorophyll-a fluorescence analysis provides relevant information about the physiology of plants growing under abiotic stress. In this study, we evaluated the influence of cold stress on the photosynthetic machinery of transgenic turfgrass, Zoysia japonica, expressing oat phytochrome A (PhyA) or a hyperactive mutant phytochrome A (S599A) with post-translational phosphorylation blocked. Biochemical analysis of zoysiagrass subjected to cold stress revealed reduced levels of hydrogen peroxide, increased proline accumulation, and enhanced specific activities of antioxidant enzymes compared to those of control plants. Detailed analyses of the chlorophyll-a fluorescence data through the so-called OJIP test exhibited a marked difference in the physiological status among transgenic and control plants. Overall, these findings suggest an enhanced level of cold tolerance in S599A zoysiagrass cultivars as reflected in the biochemical and physiological analyses. Further, we propose that chlorophyll-a fluorescence analysis using OJIP test is an efficient tool in determining the physiological status of plants under cold stress conditions. PMID:26010864

  6. In Vivo Assessment of Cold Tolerance through Chlorophyll-a Fluorescence in Transgenic Zoysiagrass Expressing Mutant Phytochrome A.

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    Gururani, Mayank Anand; Venkatesh, Jelli; Ganesan, Markkandan; Strasser, Reto Jörg; Han, Yunjeong; Kim, Jeong-Il; Lee, Hyo-Yeon; Song, Pill-Soon

    2015-01-01

    Chlorophyll-a fluorescence analysis provides relevant information about the physiology of plants growing under abiotic stress. In this study, we evaluated the influence of cold stress on the photosynthetic machinery of transgenic turfgrass, Zoysia japonica, expressing oat phytochrome A (PhyA) or a hyperactive mutant phytochrome A (S599A) with post-translational phosphorylation blocked. Biochemical analysis of zoysiagrass subjected to cold stress revealed reduced levels of hydrogen peroxide, increased proline accumulation, and enhanced specific activities of antioxidant enzymes compared to those of control plants. Detailed analyses of the chlorophyll-a fluorescence data through the so-called OJIP test exhibited a marked difference in the physiological status among transgenic and control plants. Overall, these findings suggest an enhanced level of cold tolerance in S599A zoysiagrass cultivars as reflected in the biochemical and physiological analyses. Further, we propose that chlorophyll-a fluorescence analysis using OJIP test is an efficient tool in determining the physiological status of plants under cold stress conditions.

  7. A chlorophyll a fluorescence-based Lemna minor bioassay to monitor microbial degradation of nanomolar to micromolar concentrations of linuron.

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    Hulsen, Kris; Minne, Veerle; Lootens, Peter; Vandecasteele, Paul; Höfte, Monica

    2002-06-01

    A plant-microbial bioassay, based on the aquatic macrophyte Lemna minor L. (duckweed), was used to monitor biodegradation of nano- and micromolar concentrations of the phenylurea herbicide linuron. After 7 days of exposure to linuron, log-logistic-based dose-response analysis revealed significant growth inhibition on the total frond area of L. minor when linuron concentrations > or = 80 nM were added to the bioassay. A plant-protective effect was obtained for all concentrations > 80 nM by inoculation with either a bacterial consortium or Variovorax paradoxus WDL1, which is probably the main actor in this consortium. The outcome of the plant-microbe-toxicant interaction was also assessed using pulse amplitude-modulated chlorophyll a fluorescence and chlorophyll a fluorescence imaging. Linuron toxicity to L. minor became apparent as a significant decrease in the effective quantum yield (Delta F/Fm') within 90 min after exposure of the plants to linuron concentrations > or = 160 nM. Inoculation of the bioassay with the linuron-degrading bacteria neutralized the effect on the effective quantum yield at concentrations > or = 160 nM, indicating microbial degradation of these concentrations. The chlorophyll a fluorescence-based Lemna bioassay described here offers a sensitive, fast and cost-effective approach to study the potential of biodegrading microorganisms to break down minute concentrations of photosynthesis-inhibiting xenobiotics.

  8. Satellite-based estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters

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    Moses, Wesley Jeremiah

    Inland, coastal, and estuarine waters, which are often turbid and biologically productive, play a crucial role in maintaining global bio-diversity and are of immense value to aquatic life as well as human-beings. Concentration of chlorophyll-a (chl-a) is a key indicator of the trophic status of these waters, which should be regularly monitored to ensure that their ecological balance is not disturbed. Remote sensing is a powerful tool for this. Due to the optical complexity of turbid productive waters, standard algorithms that use blue and green reflectances are unreliable for estimating chl- a concentration. Algorithms based on red and near-infrared (NIR) reflectances are preferable. Three-band and two-band NIR-red models based on the spectral channels of MODIS and MERIS satellites have been tested for numerous datasets collected with field spectrometers from inland, coastal, and estuarine waters. The NIR-red models, especially the two-band model with MERIS wavebands, gave consistently highly accurate estimates of chl- a concentration in waters from different geographic locations with widely varying biophysical characteristics, without the need to re-parameterize the algorithms for each different water body. The MODIS NIR-red model can be used to estimate moderate-to-high chl-a concentrations. The NIR-red models were applied to airborne AISA data acquired over several lakes in Nebraska on different days with non-uniform atmospheric conditions. Without atmospheric correction, the NIR-red models showed a close correlation with chl-a concentration for each image. With an effective relative correction for the non-uniform atmospheric effects on the multi-temporal images, the NIR-red models were shown to have a close correlation with chl- a concentration, with uniform slope and offset, for the whole dataset. The models were also applied to MODIS and MERIS images. Reliable results were obtained from the MERIS NIR-red models. Calibrated MERIS NIR-red algorithms were

  9. Size-fractionated Chlorophyll a biomass in the northern South China Sea in summer 2014

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    Liu, Haijiao; Xue, Bing; Feng, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Rui; Chen, Mianrun; Sun, Jun

    2016-07-01

    Spatial distribution of phaeopigment and size-fractionated chlorophyll a (Chl a) concentrations were examined in relation to hydrographic conditions in the northern South China Sea (NSCS) during a survey from 20 August to 12 September, 2014. The total Chl a concentration varied from 0.006 to 1.488 µg/L with a mean value of 0.259±0.247 (mean±standard deviation) µg/L. Chl a concentration was generally higher in shallow water (<200 m) than in deep water (>200 m), with mean values of 0.364±0.311 µg/L and 0.206±0.192 µg/L respectively. Vertically, the maximum total Chl a concentration appeared at depths of 30-50 m and gradually decreased below 100 m. The size-fractionated Chl a concentrations of grid stations and time-series stations (SEATS and J4) were determined, with values of pico- (0.7-2 µm), nano- (2-20 µm) and micro-plankton (20-200 µm) ranging from 0.001-0.287 (0.093±0.071 µg/L), 0.004-1.149 (0.148±0.192 µg/L) and 0.001-0.208 (0.023±0.036 µg/L), respectively. Phaeopigment concentrations were determined at specific depths at ten stations, except for at station A9, and varied from 0.007 to 0.572 (0.127±0.164) µg/L. Nano-and pico-plankton were the major contributors to total phytoplankton biomass, accounting for 50.99%±15.01% and 39.30%±15.41%, respectively, whereas microplankton only accounted for 9.39%±8.66%. The results indicate that the contributions of microplankton to total Chl a biomass were less important than picoplankton or nanoplankton in the surveyed NSCS. Different sized-Chl a had similar spatial patterns, with peak values all observed in subsurface waters (30-50 m). The summer monsoon, Kuroshio waters, Zhujiang (Pearl) River plume, and hydrological conditions are speculated to be the factors controlling the abundance and spatial heterogeneity of Chl a biomass in the NSCS.

  10. Global relationships between phosphorus and chlorophyll-a in oxbow lakes

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    Belcon, A. U.; Bernhardt, E. S.; Fritz, S. C.; Baker, P. A.

    2011-12-01

    Traditional limnological studies have focused on extant, large and deep bodies of fresh water. For over 70 years a strong positive relationship between sestonic chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) and total phosphorus (TP) has been established in temperate lakes with phosphorus generally viewed as the most limiting factor to productivity (Deevey 1940, Schindler 1977). Over the last few decades however, investigations have expanded to include the examination of shallow lakes, particularly in terms of water quality, nutrient content and regime shifts between stable alternate states. Most of these studies, however, have focused on northern, high latitude regions where the lakes are typically postglacial, isolated and fed by small streams. Relatively little work has been done on oxbow lakes which are floodplain lakes and are semi or permanently connected to the river. Oxbow lakes have been shown to serve several important ecologic and economic functions including nurseries for young fish, feeding grounds for top aquatic predators and increasing the biodiversity of the landscape particularly in tropical regions of the world where high precipitation and large rivers have produced thousands of oxbow lakes. In many developing countries oxbow lakes are an important source of revenue through fishing. This study examined the relationship between nutrients and productivity in oxbow lakes globally through a wide-spread literature synthesis. Four hundred and twenty nine oxbow lakes were represented by 205 data points while 285 data points represented 156 non-floodplain lakes. Despite differences in latitude, lake size and climate we find that oxbow lakes globally have a significantly less steep slope in their TP/Chl relationship than non-floodplain lakes do indicating that the same amount of sestonic phosphorus results in lower productivity. Oxbow lakes (TP/Chl): r = 0.7676, slope = 0.7257, Non-floodplain lakes (TP/Chl): r = 0.8096, slope = 1.1309. We theorize that their connection to the

  11. Rapid effects of diverse toxic water pollutants on chlorophyll a fluorescence: variable responses among freshwater microalgae.

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    Choi, Chang Jae; Berges, John A; Young, Erica B

    2012-05-15

    Chlorophyll a fluorescence of microalgae is a compelling indicator of toxicity of dissolved water contaminants, because it is easily measured and responds rapidly. While different chl a fluorescence parameters have been examined, most studies have focused on single species and/or a narrow range of toxins. We assessed the utility of one chl a fluorescence parameter, the maximum quantum yield of PSII (F(v)/F(m)), for detecting effects of nine environmental pollutants from a range of toxin classes on 5 commonly found freshwater algal species, as well as the USEPA model species, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata. F(v)/F(m) declined rapidly over <20 min in response to low concentrations of photosynthesis-specific herbicides Diuron(®) and metribuzin (both <40 nM), atrazine (<460 nM) and terbuthylazine (<400 nM). However, F(v)/F(m) also responded rapidly and in a dose-dependent way to toxins glyphosate (<90 μM), and KCN (<1 mM) which have modes of action not specific to photosynthesis. F(v)/F(m) was insensitive to 30-40 μM insecticides methyl parathion, carbofuran and malathion. Algal species varied in their sensitivity to toxins. No single species was the most sensitive to all nine toxins, but for six toxins to which algal F(v)/F(m) responded significantly, the model species P. subcapitata was less sensitive than other taxa. In terms of suppression of F(v)/F(m) within 80 min, patterns of concentration-dependence differed among toxins; most showed Michaelis-Menten saturation kinetics, with half-saturation constant (K(m)) values for the PSII inhibitors ranging from 0.14 μM for Diuron(®) to 6.6 μM for terbuthylazine, compared with a K(m) of 330 μM for KCN. Percent suppression of F(v)/F(m) by glyphosate increased exponentially with concentration. F(v)/F(m) provides a sensitive and easily-measured parameter for rapid and cost-effective detection of effects of many dissolved toxins. Field-portable fluorometers will facilitate field testing, however distinct responses

  12. Relative impact of seasonal and oceanographic drivers on surface chlorophyll a along a Western Boundary Current

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    Everett, Jason D.; Baird, Mark E.; Roughan, Moninya; Suthers, Iain M.; Doblin, Martina A.

    2014-01-01

    Strengthening Western Boundary Currents (WBCs) advect warm, low nutrient waters into temperate latitudes, displacing more productive waters. WBCs also influence phytoplankton distribution and growth through current-induced upwelling, mesoscale eddy intrusion and seasonal changes in strength and poleward penetration. Here we examine dynamics of chlorophyll a (Chl. a) in the western Pacific Ocean, a region strongly influenced by the East Australian Current (EAC). We interpreted a spatial and temporal analysis of satellite-derived surface Chl. a, using a hydrodynamic model, a wind-reanalysis product and an altimetry-derived eddy-census. Our analysis revealed regions of persistently elevated surface Chl. a along the continental shelf and showed that different processes have a dominant effect in different locations. In the northern and central zones, upwelling events tend to regulate surface Chl. a patterns, with peaks in phytoplankton biomass corresponding to two known upwelling locations south of Cape Byron (28.5°S) and Smoky Cape (31°S). Within the central EAC separation zone, positive surface Chl. a anomalies occurred 65% of the time when both wind-stress (τw) and bottom-stress (τB) were upwelling-favourable, and only 17% of the time when both were downwelling-favourable. The interaction of wind and the EAC was a critical driver of surface Chl. a dynamics, with upwelling-favourable τW resulting in a 70% increase in surface Chl. a at some locations, when compared to downwelling-favourable τW . In the southern zone, surface Chl. a was driven by a strong seasonal cycle, with phytoplankton biomass increasing up to 152% annually each spring. The Stockton Bight region (32.25-33.25°S) contained ⩾20% of the total shelf Chl. a on 27% of occasions due to its location downstream of upwelling locations, wide shelf area and reduced surface velocities. This region is analogous to productive fisheries regions in the Aghulus Current (Natal Bight) and Kuroshio Current

  13. Genetic variability and heritability of chlorophyll a fluorescence parameters in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.).

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    Čepl, Jaroslav; Holá, Dana; Stejskal, Jan; Korecký, Jiří; Kočová, Marie; Lhotáková, Zuzana; Tomášková, Ivana; Palovská, Markéta; Rothová, Olga; Whetten, Ross W; Kaňák, Jan; Albrechtová, Jana; Lstibůrek, Milan

    2016-07-01

    Current knowledge of the genetic mechanisms underlying the inheritance of photosynthetic activity in forest trees is generally limited, yet it is essential both for various practical forestry purposes and for better understanding of broader evolutionary mechanisms. In this study, we investigated genetic variation underlying selected chlorophyll a fluorescence (ChlF) parameters in structured populations of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) grown on two sites under non-stress conditions. These parameters were derived from the OJIP part of the ChlF kinetics curve and characterize individual parts of primary photosynthetic processes associated, for example, with the exciton trapping by light-harvesting antennae, energy utilization in photosystem II (PSII) reaction centers (RCs) and its transfer further down the photosynthetic electron-transport chain. An additive relationship matrix was estimated based on pedigree reconstruction, utilizing a set of highly polymorphic single sequence repeat markers. Variance decomposition was conducted using the animal genetic evaluation mixed-linear model. The majority of ChlF parameters in the analyzed pine populations showed significant additive genetic variation. Statistically significant heritability estimates were obtained for most ChlF indices, with the exception of DI0/RC, φD0 and φP0 (Fv/Fm) parameters. Estimated heritabilities varied around the value of 0.15 with the maximal value of 0.23 in the ET0/RC parameter, which indicates electron-transport flux from QA to QB per PSII RC. No significant correlation was found between these indices and selected growth traits. Moreover, no genotype × environment interaction (G × E) was detected, i.e., no differences in genotypes' performance between sites. The absence of significant G × E in our study is interesting, given the relatively low heritability found for the majority of parameters analyzed. Therefore, we infer that polygenic variability of these indices is

  14. Synthesis of chlorophyll-c derivatives by modifying natural chlorophyll-a.

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    Xu, Meiyun; Kinoshita, Yusuke; Matsubara, Shogo; Tamiaki, Hitoshi

    2016-03-01

    Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) was extracted from cyanobacterial cells and modified to methyl pyropheophorbide-a. The 3-vinyl-chlorin was transformed to zinc complex of the corresponding 3-acetyl-porphyrin. The zinc porphyrin was oxidized to give cis-7,8- and 17,18-dihydroxy-chlorins as well cis-7,8-cis-17,18-tetrahydroxybacteriochlorin. After zinc-demetallation, the isolated cis-7,8- and 17,18-diols were reduced at the 3-acetyl group and triply dehydrated under acidic conditions to afford two regioisomeric 3-vinyl-porphyrins, methyl divinyl-pyroprotopheophorbide-a possessing the 8-vinyl group and 17-propionate residue (one of the divinyl-protoChl-a derivatives) and methyl pyropheophorbide-c 1 possessing the 8-ethyl group and 17-acrylate residue (one of the Chl-c 1 derivatives), respectively. The resulting 7,8,17,18-tetrol was reduced and then acidically treated, giving five-fold dehydrated free base porphyrin, methyl pyropheophorbide-c 2 possessing the 3,8-divinyl groups and 17-acrylate residue (one of the Chl-c 2 derivatives). The visible absorption and fluorescence emission spectra of the three semi-synthetic 3-vinyl-porphyrins in dichloromethane were compared with those of the corresponding 8-ethyl-porphyrin bearing the 17-propionate residue, methyl pyroprotopheophorbide-a (one of the protoChl-a derivatives). The Soret and Qy absorption maxima were shifted to longer wavelengths with an increase of π-conjugation in a molecule: protoChl-a (8-CH2CH3/17-CH2CH2COOCH3) < divinyl-protoChl-a (8-CH=CH2/17-CH2CH2COOCH3) < Chl-c 1 (8-CH2CH3/17-CH=CHCOOCH3) < Chl-c 2 derivatives (8-CH=CH2/17-CH=CHCOOCH3). The 17(1),17(2)-dehydrogenation broadened the absorption bands. The emission maxima were bathochromically shifted in the same order. The reaction mechanism of the present dehydration indicates that the biosynthetic pathway of Chls-c would include the hydroxylation of the 17-propionate reside at the 17(1)-position and successive dehydration to the 17-acrylate residue.

  15. Characterizing the vertical structure of chlorophyll-a in the German Bight

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    Zhao, Changjin; Maerz, Joeran; Hofmeister, Richard; Schrum, Corinna; Riethmüller, Rolf; Wirzt, Kai

    2017-04-01

    Coastal and shelf seas display a strong variability in chlorophyll-a (CHL) vertical profiles, which challenges both sampling and interpretation. A high-resolution, vertically resolved transect data set for biogeochemical and physical properties was collected in the inner German Bight (GB) from 2009 to 2011 at a seasonal basis, mainly under moderate weather conditions. We identified different types of CHL vertical profiles in regions deeper than 10 meters and analyzed their spatial-temporal appearance, mainly in context of the hydrodynamic environment. Interestingly, despite the GB as a shallow and tidally energetic system has been assumed as well mixed, vertically homogeneous CHL profiles were rare (9.6% in our study). A smaller subset (8.4%) of all casts showed distinguishable subsurface CHL layers in the vicinity of the pycnocline, under strong stratified conditions in deeper water (>25m). Highest CHL in the upper part of the water column was observed in 43% of casts; these profiles were mainly restricted to the shallower part (<=25m) of the GB. Profiles with high CHL in the bottom mixed layer (HCB) were identified for 39% of all observed casts, nearly as many as the profiles showing highest CHL in the upper layer. The HCB-profiles were extensively observed during the spring bloom decay and also emerged in some areas during summer. By analyzing empirical relationships between the HCB profiles' features (e.g. high CHL peak in the bottom boundary) and hydrodynamic parameters (e.g. tidal phases), we explored the potential factors contributing to the HCB. Sinking and re-suspension were inferred as main processes resulting in HCB-profiles during the decay of the spring bloom and also during summer, under conditions that resuspension is not source-limited. Under moderate weather conditions, tidal currents are the main driver for resuspension. Using simulation results from a coupled physical-biological model (GETM+MAECS) for stratified summer conditions, the

  16. On the consistency of MODIS chlorophyll a products in the northern South China Sea

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    Shang, S. L.; Dong, Q.; Hu, C. M.; Lin, G.; Li, Y. H.; Shang, S. P.

    2014-01-01

    Chlorophyll a (Chl) concentrations derived from satellite measurements have been used in oceanographic research, for example to interpret eco-responses to environmental changes on global and regional scales. However, it is unclear how existing Chl products compare with each other in terms of accuracy and consistency in revealing temporal and spatial patterns, especially in the optically complex marginal seas. In this study, we examined three MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) Chl data products that have been made available to the community by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) using community-accepted algorithms and default parameterization. These included the products derived from the OC3M (ocean chlorophyll three-band algorithm for MODIS), GSM (Garver-Siegel-Maritorena model) and GIOP (generalized inherent optical properties) algorithms. We compared their temporal variations and spatial distributions in the northern South China Sea. We found that the three products appeared to capture general features such as unique winter peaks at the Southeast Asian Time-series Study station (SEATS, 18° N, 116° E) and the Pearl River plume associated blooms in summer. Their absolute magnitudes, however, may be questionable in the coastal zones. Additional error statistics using field measured Chl as the truth demonstrated that the three MODIS Chl products may contain high degree of uncertainties in the study region. Root mean square error (RMSE) of the products from OC3M and GSM (on a log scale) was about 0.4 and average percentage error (ɛ) was ~ 115% (Chl between 0.05-10.41 mg m-3, n = 114). GIOP with default parameterization led to higher errors (ɛ = 329%). An attempt to tune the algorithms based on a local coastal-water bio-optical data set led to reduced errors for Chl retrievals, indicating the importance of local tuning of globally-optimized algorithms. Overall, this study points to the need of continuous improvements for

  17. Estimation of the depth of sunlight penetration in natural waters for the remote sensing of chlorophyll a via in vivo fluorescence

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    Gordon, H. R.

    1979-01-01

    In attempting to measure remotely the constituents of the ocean through spectral analysis of diffusely reflected sunlight, it is important to know the depth over which constituent concentrations can be estimated. Recently, considerable interest has been generated in the use of sunlight-excited fluorescence of chlorophyll a contained in photoplankton (in vivo) to determine remotely the chlorophyll a concentration in surface waters. In the present paper an estimate is provided for the depth to which chlorophyll a concentration can be determined from observations of the fluorescence.

  18. Remote estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid water using a spectral index: a case study in Taihu Lake, China

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    Cheng, Chunmei; Wei, Yuchun; Lv, Guonian; Yuan, Zhaojie

    2013-01-01

    Chlorophyll-a concentration (Chla) is a key indicator of water quality, and accurate estimates of Chla using remote sensing data remain challenging in turbid waters. Previous research has demonstrated the feasibility of retrieving Chla in vegetation using spectral index, which may be the potential reference for Chla inversion in turbid waters. In this study, 106 hyperspectral indices, including vegetation, fluorescence, and trilateral indices, as well as combinations thereof, are calculated based on the in situ spectra data of 2004 to 2011 in Taihu Lake, China, to explore their potential use in turbid waters. The results show that the normal chlorophyll index (NCI) (R690/R550-R675/R700)/(R690/R550+R675/R700) is optimal for Chla estimation, with a determination coefficient (R) of 0.92 and a root mean square error (RMSE) of 14.36 mg/m3 for the data from July to August 2004, when Chla ranged from 7 to 192 mg/m3. Validation using the datasets of 2005, 2010, and 2011 shows that after reparameterization, the NCI model yields low RMSEs and is more robust than the three- and four-band algorithms. The results indicate that the NCI model can satisfactorily estimate Chla in multiple datasets without the need of additional band tuning.

  19. Theoretical study of chlorophyll a hydrates formation in aqueous organic solvents.

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    Ben Fredj, Arij; Ruiz-López, Manuel F

    2010-01-14

    A theoretical analysis of chlorophyll a (Chla) hydration processes in aqueous organic solvents has been carried out by means of quantum chemistry calculations. A detailed knowledge of the thermodynamics of these processes is fundamental in order to better understand the organization of chlorophyll molecules in vivo, specifically the structure of chlorophyll pairs in photosystems I and II. In the present work, we assumed a Chla model in which the phytyl chain is replaced by a methyl group. Calculations were performed at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level corrected for basis set superposition errors and dispersion interaction energy. This computational scheme was previously shown to provide data close to MP2/6-311++(2d,2p) results. Solvents effects were taken into account using either continuum (for nonpolar solvents) or discrete-continuum (for polar coordinating solvents) methods. In the latter case, we first examined the structure of Chla in rigorously dry solutions. Two types of solvents were characterized according to Mg-atom coordination: In type I solvents (acetone, acetonitrile, DMSO), Mg exhibits five-coordination, whereas in type II solvents (THF, pyridine), Mg exhibits six-coordination. Hydration processes are quite dependent on solvent nature. In nonpolar or low-polarity solvents such as cyclohexane or chloroform, hydration is always exothermic and exergonic, despite a large entropy term that strongly opposes hydration. In polar solvents of type II, hydration is quite unfavorable, and essentially no hydrates are expected in these media, except perhaps at very large water concentrations (although, in such a case, the medium cannot be simply described as an organic solvent). In polar solvents of type I, the situation is intermediate, and dihydration is favorable in some cases (acetone, acetonitrile) and unfavorable in others (DMSO). It is interesting to note that first hydration processes in coordinating solvents (of either type I or type II), where a water molecule

  20. HPLC Analysis of Chlorophyll a, Chlorophyll b, and Beta-Carotene in Collard Greens: A Project for a Problem-Oriented Laboratory Course.

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    Silveira, Augustine, Jr.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is used to separate and quantitate beta-carotene, chlorophyll a, and chlorophyll b originating from collard greens. Experimental procedures used and typical results obtained are discussed. (JN)

  1. HPLC Analysis of Chlorophyll a, Chlorophyll b, and Beta-Carotene in Collard Greens: A Project for a Problem-Oriented Laboratory Course.

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    Silveira, Augustine, Jr.; And Others

    1984-01-01

    High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is used to separate and quantitate beta-carotene, chlorophyll a, and chlorophyll b originating from collard greens. Experimental procedures used and typical results obtained are discussed. (JN)

  2. Evaluation of chlorophyll-a and other ocean colour products to predict the organic mass fraction in sea spray aerosol

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    Rinaldi, M.; Facchini, C.; Fuzzi, S.; Santoleri, R.; Provenzale, A.; Von Hardenberg, J.; Marullo, S.; Ceburnis, D.; O'Dowd, C.

    2011-12-01

    Initial efforts towards developing a combined organic-inorganic sea-spray source function parameterisation for use in large-scale models utilised a combination of chlorophyll-a and wind speed as primary input parameters to combine the biological and dynamical contributions. The initial studies [1,2], performed using low time resolved (monthly averages) satellite derived chlorophyll-a fields, reported only a modest correlation coefficient between Chlorophyll-a concentration ([Chl-a]) and organic matter (OM) enrichment in sea-spray (r = 0.55). This suggested that Chlorophyll-a is only partially suitable as a biological activity surrogate for predicting the organic mass fraction of sea spray. In this work aerosol chemical composition data collected at Mace Head Station, on the Irish West coast, from 2002 to 2009 (52 samples), have been used to calculate the organic mass fraction of submicron sea spray (OM%). Satellite ocean colour data from 1998 to 2010, with 1° resolution, were obtained from ESA GlobColour. Specifically, concentration data of chlorophyll-a, derived combining SeaWiFS, MODIS and MERIS data, coloured dissolved and detrital organic materials ([CDM]) and particulate organic carbon ([POC]) were used. Multichannel singular spectrum analysis (MSSA) was used to fill gaps in time series of satellite data due to cloud cover or other environmental factors. For each aerosol sample available at Mace Head, a map of average [Chl-a], [CDM] and [POC] has been produced. The correlation coefficient between OM% and ocean colour products at each grid point over the North-East Atlantic Ocean was computed, obtaining correlation maps. The new approach allowed the individuation of the oceanic region exerting the maximum influence on the chemical composition of sea spray aerosol measured at Mace Head, that is the area in which the maximum correlation was observed. This region is located west of Mace Head, between 47 and 57° N and 14 and 24° W. With the new approach an

  3. Analysis of the impact of cyclones on Chlorophyll-a in North Indian Ocean; a remote sensing approach

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    Rao Neerukattu, Srinivasa; H, Rao K.; v, Ramana I.; v, Rao M.; v, Murali Krishna I.; Anjanwyulu, A.

    Bay of Bengal (BOB) is considered to be less productive than the Arabian Sea (AS). Earlier studies attributed the reason to be strong stratified layer, which is not broken normally, for its less productivity. Monsoon winds with less wind speed are unable to break the stratified layer. Hypothetically, had there not been stratified layer in BOB, its productivity would have been comparable to that of AS. To meet the requirement of breaking stratified layer higher wind speeds are required, which are produced during cyclones. Thus the seasonal productivity comparisons has been done during cyclones, cyclones are quite common in different seasons in both BOB and AS. Four seasons of monsoon that North Indian Ocean (NIO) experience are; Spring intermonsoon (Apr - May), Southwest monsoon (June - Sep), Fall intermonsoon (Oct - Nov) and Northeast monsoon (Dec - Mar). Fourteen cyclones have been observed covering all the four seasons during for the years 1998 - 2006. During the southwest and fall seasons, cyclones occurred in either BOB or In AS and thus the comparison could not be done. Thus BOB and AS productivity during cyclones has been performed independently with out comparison between them. During the spring intermonsoon four cyclones, two in BOB (two in AS) have been observed. Four parameters of SST drop, MLD deepening, raise the percent of chlorophyll-a and increase in NPP have been derived. The parameters estimated in BOB (AS) during the cyclones are: SST drop of 5o C to 6.5o C (6.5o C to 8.5o C), MLD deepening of 30m to 90m (30m to 120m), raise in chlorophyll-a by 220 During northeast monsoon seven cyclones, four in BOB (three in AS) have been observed. In BOB, out of four cyclones, two were observed in north and two in south, where as in AS one in north and two in south were observed. Comparison was made based on latitude considering availability of sun light to be the same. The parameters estimated in northern BOB (AS) during the cyclones are: SST drop of 1.5o C to

  4. Satellite Monitoring of Chlorophyll-a Concentration in the Water Bodies of the Dnieper and Don River Basins

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    Moses, W. J.; Berdnikov, S.; Gitelson, A. A.

    2008-12-01

    We present and discuss here the results of our work using satellite data to estimate chlorophyll-a concentration in reservoirs of the Dnieper River and the Sea of Azov, which are typical Case II waters, i.e., turbid and productive. Our objective was two-folded - (i) to test the potential of remote sensing as a tool for near-real-time monitoring of these water bodies, and (ii) to feed the results of our work into a larger project that involved the use of satellite technology to investigate and understand the effects on the bio-optical characteristics of these water bodies due to changes in the land use and land cover in the surrounding regions. MODIS and MERIS images were used. We tested the performance of a three-band model and a two- band model that use the reflectance at the red and NIR spectral bands for the retrieval of chlorophyll-a concentration. The higher spatial resolution and the availability of a spectral band at around 708 nm with the MERIS data offered great promise for the three-band model. We tested the applicability of two standard MODIS and MERIS algorithms for Case II waters. We compared results from several different atmospheric correction procedures available for MODIS and MERIS data. No one particular procedure was consistently and systematically better than the rest. Nevertheless, even in the absence of a perfect atmospheric correction procedure, both the three-band and the two-band models showed promising results when compared to in-situ chlorophyll-a measurements. The challenges and limitations involved in satellite remote monitoring of turbid productive waters are discussed.

  5. Assessment of Hurricane Ivan impact on chlorophyll-a in Pensacola Bay by MODIS 250 m remote sensing.

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    Huang, Wenrui; Mukherjee, Debraj; Chen, Shuisen

    2011-03-01

    The impact of Hurricane Ivan on water quality in Pensacola Bay was investigated by MODIS 250m remote sensing of chlorophyll-a concentrations at different time slots before and after the hurricane event. Before the hurricane, the mean chlorophyll-a in the Bay was 5.3 μg/L. Heavy rainfall occurred during the hurricane landfall. The 48 h rainfall reached 40cm and the peak storm surge reached 3m on 9/16. After the rainstorm and during the storm surge on 9/17/2004, the mean chlorophyll-a concentration substantially increased to 14.7 μg/L. 26.3% water area was in the poor-water-quality condition (chl-a>20 μg/L). This indicates that heavy nutrient loads from urban stormwater runoff and storm-surge inundation simulated chlorophyll bloom. After the end of the storm surge on 9/18/2004, the mean chlorophyll dropped to 2.0 μg/L, suggesting the effective flushing of polluted water from the bay to the Gulf of Mexico by the storm-surge. The good water quality condition lasted for almost several weeks after the storm surge. The peak river flow, arriving on the 4th day after the peak storm surge, did not alter the good water quality situation in the bay. This indicates that urban stormwater runoff rather than the river inflow is the major pollutant source for water quality in Pensacola Bay during the hurricane. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Variability in the correlation between Asian dust storms and chlorophyll a concentration from the North to Equatorial Pacific.

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    Tan, Sai-Chun; Yao, Xiaohong; Gao, Hui-Wang; Shi, Guang-Yu; Yue, Xu

    2013-01-01

    A long-term record of Asian dust storms showed seven high-occurrence-frequency centers in China. The intrusion of Asian dust into the downwind seas, including the China seas, the Sea of Japan, the subarctic North Pacific, the North Pacific subtropical gyre, and the western and eastern Equatorial Pacific, has been shown to add nutrients to ocean ecosystems and enhance their biological activities. To explore the relationship between the transported dust from various sources to the six seas and oceanic biological activities with different nutrient conditions, the correlation between monthly chlorophyll a concentration in each sea and monthly dust storm occurrence frequencies reaching the sea during 1997-2007 was examined in this study. No correlations were observed between dust and chlorophyll a concentration in the <50 m China seas because atmospheric deposition is commonly believed to exert less impact on coastal seas. Significant correlations existed between dust sources and many sea areas, suggesting a link between dust and chlorophyll a concentration in those seas. However, the correlation coefficients were highly variable. In general, the correlation coefficients (0.54-0.63) for the Sea of Japan were highest, except for that between the subarctic Pacific and the Taklimakan Desert, where it was as high as 0.7. For the >50 m China seas and the North Pacific subtropical gyre, the correlation coefficients were in the range 0.32-0.57. The correlation coefficients for the western and eastern Equatorial Pacific were relatively low (<0.36). These correlation coefficients were further interpreted in terms of the geographical distributions of dust sources, the transport pathways, the dust deposition, the nutrient conditions of oceans, and the probability of dust storms reaching the seas.

  7. Variability in the Correlation between Asian Dust Storms and Chlorophyll a Concentration from the North to Equatorial Pacific

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    Tan, Sai-Chun; Yao, Xiaohong; Gao, Hui-Wang; Shi, Guang-Yu; Yue, Xu

    2013-01-01

    A long-term record of Asian dust storms showed seven high-occurrence-frequency centers in China. The intrusion of Asian dust into the downwind seas, including the China seas, the Sea of Japan, the subarctic North Pacific, the North Pacific subtropical gyre, and the western and eastern Equatorial Pacific, has been shown to add nutrients to ocean ecosystems and enhance their biological activities. To explore the relationship between the transported dust from various sources to the six seas and oceanic biological activities with different nutrient conditions, the correlation between monthly chlorophyll a concentration in each sea and monthly dust storm occurrence frequencies reaching the sea during 1997–2007 was examined in this study. No correlations were observed between dust and chlorophyll a concentration in the <50 m China seas because atmospheric deposition is commonly believed to exert less impact on coastal seas. Significant correlations existed between dust sources and many sea areas, suggesting a link between dust and chlorophyll a concentration in those seas. However, the correlation coefficients were highly variable. In general, the correlation coefficients (0.54–0.63) for the Sea of Japan were highest, except for that between the subarctic Pacific and the Taklimakan Desert, where it was as high as 0.7. For the >50 m China seas and the North Pacific subtropical gyre, the correlation coefficients were in the range 0.32–0.57. The correlation coefficients for the western and eastern Equatorial Pacific were relatively low (<0.36). These correlation coefficients were further interpreted in terms of the geographical distributions of dust sources, the transport pathways, the dust deposition, the nutrient conditions of oceans, and the probability of dust storms reaching the seas. PMID:23460892

  8. Both chlorophylls a and d are essential for the photochemistry in photosystem II of the cyanobacteria, Acaryochloris marina.

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    Schlodder, Eberhard; Cetin, Marianne; Eckert, Hann-Jörg; Schmitt, Franz-Josef; Barber, James; Telfer, Alison

    2007-06-01

    We have measured the flash-induced absorbance difference spectrum attributed to the formation of the secondary radical pair, P(+)Q(-), between 270 nm and 1000 nm at 77 K in photosystem II of the chlorophyll d containing cyanobacterium, Acaryochloris marina. Despite the high level of chlorophyll d present, the flash-induced absorption difference spectrum of an approximately 2 ms decay component shows a number of features which are typical of the difference spectrum seen in oxygenic photosynthetic organisms containing no chlorophyll d. The spectral shape in the near-UV indicates that a plastoquinone is the secondary acceptor molecule (Q(A)). The strong C-550 change at 543 nm confirms previous reports that pheophytin a is the primary electron acceptor. The bleach at 435 nm and increase in absorption at 820 nm indicates that the positive charge is stabilized on a chlorophyll a molecule. In addition a strong electrochromic band shift, centred at 723 nm, has been observed. It is assigned to a shift of the Qy band of the neighbouring accessory chlorophyll d, Chl(D1). It seems highly likely that it accepts excitation energy from the chlorophyll d containing antenna. We therefore propose that primary charge separation is initiated from this chlorophyll d molecule and functions as the primary electron donor. Despite its lower excited state energy (0.1 V less), as compared to chlorophyll a, this chlorophyll d molecule is capable of driving the plastoquinone oxidoreductase activity of photosystem II. However, chlorophyll a is used to stabilize the positive charge and ultimately to drive water oxidation.

  9. Non-Photochemical Quenching in Cryptophyte Alga Rhodomonas salina Is Located in Chlorophyll a/c Antennae

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    Kaňa, Radek; Kotabová, Eva; Sobotka, Roman; Prášil, Ondřej

    2012-01-01

    Photosynthesis uses light as a source of energy but its excess can result in production of harmful oxygen radicals. To avoid any resulting damage, phototrophic organisms can employ a process known as non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), where excess light energy is safely dissipated as heat. The mechanism(s) of NPQ vary among different phototrophs. Here, we describe a new type of NPQ in the organism Rhodomonas salina, an alga belonging to the cryptophytes, part of the chromalveolate supergroup. Cryptophytes are exceptional among photosynthetic chromalveolates as they use both chlorophyll a/c proteins and phycobiliproteins for light harvesting. All our data demonstrates that NPQ in cryptophytes differs significantly from other chromalveolates – e.g. diatoms and it is also unique in comparison to NPQ in green algae and in higher plants: (1) there is no light induced xanthophyll cycle; (2) NPQ resembles the fast and flexible energetic quenching (qE) of higher plants, including its fast recovery; (3) a direct antennae protonation is involved in NPQ, similar to that found in higher plants. Further, fluorescence spectroscopy and biochemical characterization of isolated photosynthetic complexes suggest that NPQ in R. salina occurs in the chlorophyll a/c antennae but not in phycobiliproteins. All these results demonstrate that NPQ in cryptophytes represents a novel class of effective and flexible non-photochemical quenching. PMID:22235327

  10. Southeast Alaskan shelf from southern tip of Baranof Island to Kayak Island: Currents, mixing and chlorophyll-a

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    Stabeno, P. J.; Bond, N. A.; Kachel, N. B.; Ladd, C.; Mordy, C. W.; Strom, S. L.

    2016-10-01

    During 2011 and 2013, an integrated ecosystem study was undertaken on the Southeast Alaska shelf and slope. As part of that study, a total of 8 moorings were deployed each year along the coast of Baranof and Chichagof Islands, in Cross Sound and at Icy Point. In addition, 18 satellite-tracked drifters were deployed during the two field years. The goals of this manuscript are to describe: the coastal currents in southeastern Alaska; the processes affecting them; and how the physics modify the nutrients and primary production in the region. Mixing in Cross Sound is an important source of nutrients for the shelf north of the sound, resulting in prolonged production during summer. While the Alaska Coastal Current is not a continuous feature along the entire Gulf of Alaska coast, it does exist from southern tip of Baranof Island to Cross Sound, and again northwest of Yakutat. The narrowness of this shelf coupled with the meanders and eddies in the Alaska Current result in large amounts of on-shelf flow of slope water and off-shelf flow of coastal water. While local currents and summer winds were similar in 2011 and 2013, 2011 was characterized by low chlorophyll-a concentrations throughout the spring-summer, while chlorophyll concentrations in 2013 were typical. The cause of this difference remains unclear, but bottom-up processes likely contributed to the low chlorophyll-a concentrations in 2011.

  11. Modeling the seasonal and interannual variability (2001-2010) of chlorophyll-a in the Iberian margin

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    Reboreda, Rosa; Cordeiro, Nuno G. F.; Nolasco, Rita; Castro, Carmen G.; Álvarez-Salgado, Xosé A.; Queiroga, Henrique; Dubert, Jesus

    2014-10-01

    A modeling study of the seasonal and interannual variability of chlorophyll-a has been carried out for the period 2001-2010 along the Iberian shelf and adjacent ocean. A high resolution regional configuration of the three-dimensional Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) has been used, coupled to a N2PZD2-type biogeochemical model. Chlorophyll-a concentration ([Chl]) model outputs were compared to regional objective analysis of remotely sensed [Chl] data for the same period. The spatio-temporal variability of modeled and satellite derived [Chl] was analyzed applying an individual Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis to monthly time series. Three main modes of sea surface [Chl] variability explained more than 90% of modeled variability and more than 85% of remotely sensed variability. The first EOF accounted for the spring phytoplankton bloom (March-April). The second EOF was related to the spring-summer coastal upwelling season (April-September). The third EOF showed a recurrent [Chl] minimum in winter coinciding with the maximum vertical mixing (February) for the northern part of the region. The influence of the hydrographic conditions on [Chl] variability was explored through a cross-correlation analysis of the three EOFs and an assortment of physical descriptors given by the model: namely the mixing/stratification cycles and the occurrence of coastal upwelling.

  12. The molecular second hyperpolarizability of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b pigment-protein complex of photosystem II.

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    Tokarz, Danielle; Cisek, Richard; Fekl, Ulrich; Barzda, Virginijus

    2013-09-26

    Photosynthetic structures when imaged with nonlinear optical microscopy give rise to high third harmonic generation (THG) signal intensity due to the presence of chlorophylls and xanthophylls which have large second hyperpolarizabilitiy (γ) values. The γ value of trimers of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b pigment-protein complex of photosystem II (LHCII) isolated from pea (Pisum sativum) plants was investigated by the THG ratio technique at 1028 nm wavelength and found to have the value (-1600 ± 400) × 10(-41) m(2) V(-2). The large negative γ value of trimeric LHCII is due to the presence of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b which have large negative γ values, while positive γ values of xanthophylls reduce the magnitude of the THG signal. Variation was observed between the measured γ value of LHCII and the approximated γ value of LHCII obtained by adding individual γ values of chlorophylls and xanthophylls. This difference can be attributed to the differing inter-pigment interactions of oriented chlorophylls and xanthophylls in the pigment-protein complex compared to randomly oriented non-interacting pigments in solution, as well as a differing dielectric environment of the pigments within LHCII versus the surrounding organic solvent.

  13. Comparison of chlorophyll a concentration detected by remote sensors and other chlorophyll indices in inhomogeneous turbid waters.

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    Sokoletsky, Leonid G; Yacobi, Yosef Z

    2011-10-20

    A new analytical approach for retrieval of the vertically weighted chlorophyll a concentration (Chl(rs)) detected by remote sensors is presented. Model calculations were carried out for the turbid waters of Lake Kinneret, Israel, and showed that Chl(rs) may be replaced by the average chlorophyll a concentration (Chl(p)) within the upper "penetration layer" 0-Z(p). The study also showed a high correlation between Chl(rs) and Chl concentration averaged in the other depth layers, namely, the 0-1 m layer, the euphotic layer (0-Z(e)), and the production layer (0-Z(pr)). Our findings are closely related to models developed for the world ocean, with the exception of periods when the dinoflagellate Peridinium gatunense blooms in the lake. We showed the effect of the pattern of vertical Chl distributions within the penetration layer on the difference between Chl(rs) and other Chl indices was conspicuous when the Chl maximum was in the uppermost 0- m layer of the water column. We assume that the presented approaches are instrumental for further development of optimal, locally adapted algorithms for remote sensing of Chl in any type of natural waters.

  14. Optimization of subcritical fluid extraction of carotenoids and chlorophyll a from Laminaria japonica Aresch by response surface methodology.

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    Lu, Jie; Feng, Xiaomei; Han, Yuqian; Xue, Changhu

    2014-01-15

    The carotenoids and chlorophyll a of Laminaria japonica Aresch were extracted using ethanol-modified subcritical 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (R134a). In the present study, the effects of pressure (5-17 MPa), temperature (303-333 K) and the amount of cosolvent(2-6% R134a, w/w)were investigated. Response surface methodology (RSM) combined with a Box-Behnken design was applied to evaluate the significance of the three independent variables on each response. A desirability function was conducted to simultaneously optimize the multiple responses. The optimum extraction conditions were as follows: extraction temperature 324.13 K, extraction pressure 17 MPa and a cosolvent amount of 4.73%. Under these conditions, the yields of carotenoids and chlorophyll a were predicted to be 0.239 and 2.326 g kg(-1), respectively. It has been proved that subcritical R134a is a potential solvent, which can be an alternative to supercritical CO2 for extraction of natural ingredients under mild conditions. © 2013 Society of Chemical Industry.

  15. Femtosecond Nonlinear Optical Studies of Radiationless Decay in Carotenoids and in the Peridinin-Chlorophyll a Protein

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    Ghosh, Soumen; Bishop, Michael; Mueller, Jenny Jo; Shepherd, Nolan; Beck, Warren; Frank, Harry

    2014-03-01

    Femtosecond transient-grating spectroscopy with optical heterodyne detection was employed to observe the time evolution of the absorption and dispersion components of the third-order nonlinear optical signal following resonant excitation of the S2 (1Bu+)states of βcarotene in benzonitrile and peridinin in methanol. The absorption and dispersion components exhibit distinct time profiles owing to the population of dark intermediate states. An initial intermediate is populated on an ultrashort (<30 fs) time scale in both carotenoids owing to the onset of torsional distortions on the S2-state potential surface. The time-resolved transient-grating spectra obtained for peridinin in the peridinin-chlorophyll a protein from Amphidinium carterae indicate that the intermediate is formed even more rapidly than in solution. This finding suggests that the twisted conformation of the peridinin chromophore is controlled in the binding site so as to optimize energy transfer to chlorophyll a by enhancing the formation of an intramolecular charge-transfer character. Supported by the Department of Energy, BES Photosynthetic Systems Program, under Award Number DE-SC0010847.

  16. Modeling chlorophyll-a and dissolved oxygen concentration in tropical floodplain lakes (Paraná River, Brazil).

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    Rocha, R R A; Thomaz, S M; Carvalho, P; Gomes, L C

    2009-06-01

    The need for prediction is widely recognized in limnology. In this study, data from 25 lakes of the Upper Paraná River floodplain were used to build models to predict chlorophyll-a and dissolved oxygen concentrations. Akaike's information criterion (AIC) was used as a criterion for model selection. Models were validated with independent data obtained in the same lakes in 2001. Predictor variables that significantly explained chlorophyll-a concentration were pH, electrical conductivity, total seston (positive correlation) and nitrate (negative correlation). This model explained 52% of chlorophyll variability. Variables that significantly explained dissolved oxygen concentration were pH, lake area and nitrate (all positive correlations); water temperature and electrical conductivity were negatively correlated with oxygen. This model explained 54% of oxygen variability. Validation with independent data showed that both models had the potential to predict algal biomass and dissolved oxygen concentration in these lakes. These findings suggest that multiple regression models are valuable and practical tools for understanding the dynamics of ecosystems and that predictive limnology may still be considered a powerful approach in aquatic ecology.

  17. Development of empirical potential functions for the study of molecular geometry, and applications to chlorophyll a dimers

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    Oie, Tetsuro

    1980-07-28

    A purpose of the present studies is twofold: (1) development of an empirical potential function (EPF) and (2) application of it to the studies of photoreaction center chlorophyll a dimer. The reliable estimate of geometric structures and energies of large molecules by quantum mechanical methods is not possible at the present time. An alternative method is, therefore, needed for the studies of large molecular systems, and Chapter I is dedicated to the development of this tool, i.e., an empirical potential function, which could suffice this purpose. Because of a large number of variable chemical compositions and functional groups characteristically present in a large molecule, it is important to include a large number of structurally diverse molecules in the development of the EPF. In Chapter II, the EPF is applied to study the geometrical structure of a chlorophyll a (Chl a) dimer, which is believed to exist at the photoreaction center of green plants and is known to play an essential role in photosynthetic energy conversion. Although various models have been proposed for this dimer structure, there is still a great need for information concerning the detailed geometric structure of this dimer. Therefore, in this chapter the structural stabilities of various dimer models are examined by the EPF, and detailed and quantitative information on the structure and stability of these models is provided.

  18. Comparison of Chlorophyll-A Algorithms for the Transition Zone Between the North Sea and Baltic Sea

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    Huber, Silvia; Hansen, Lars B.; Rasmussen, Mads O.; Kaas, Hanne

    2015-12-01

    Monitoring water quality of the transition zone between the North Sea and Baltic Sea from space is still a challenge because of the optically complex waters. The presence of suspended sediments and dissolved substances often interfere with the phytoplankton signal and thus confound conventional case-1 algorithms developed for the open ocean. Specific calibration to case-2 waters may compensate for this. In this study we compared chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentrations derived with three different case-2 algorithms: C2R, FUB/WeW and CoastColour using MERIS data as basis. Default C2R and FUB clearly underestimate higher chl-a concentrations. However, with local tuning we could significantly improve the fit with in-situ data. For instance, the root mean square error is reduced by roughly 50% from 3.06 to 1.6 μ g/L for the calibrated C2R processor as compared to the default C2R. This study is part of the FP7 project AQUA-USERS which has the overall goal to provide the aquaculture industry with timely information based on satellite data and optical in-situ measurements. One of the products is chlorophyll-a concentration.

  19. Development of empirical potential functions for the study of molecular geometry, and applications to chlorophyll a dimers

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    Oie, Tetsuro

    1980-07-28

    A purpose of the present studies is twofold: (1) development of an empirical potential function (EDF) and (2) application of it to the studies of photoreaction center chlorophyll a dimer. The reliable estimate of geometric structures and energies of large molecules by quantum mechanical methods is not possible at the present time. An alternative method is, therefore, needed for the studies of large molecular systems, and Chapter I is dedicated to the development of this tool, i.e., an empirical potential function, which could suffice this purpose. Because of a large number of variable chemical compositions and functional groups characteristically present in a large molecule, it is important to include a large number of structurally diverse molecules in the development of the EPF. In Chapter II, the EPF is applied to study the geometrical structure of a chlorophyll a (Ch1 a) dimer, which is believed to exist at the photoreaction center of green plants and is known to play an essential role in photosynthetic energy conversion. Although various models have been proposed for this dimer structure, there is still a great need for information concerning the detailed geometric structure of this dimer. Therefore, in this chapter the structural stabilities of various dimer models are examined by the EPF, and detailed and quantitative information on the structure and stability of these models is provided.

  20. Characterization of photosystem 1 chlorophyll a/b-binding apoprotein accumulation in developing soybean using type-specific antibodies

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    Henry, R. L.; Armbrust, T.; Gallegos, G.; Guikema, J. A.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1992-01-01

    The structure and supramolecular assembly of the soybean photosystem 1 (PS 1) chlorophyll a/b-binding antenna (LHC 1) was examined. We identified the subunit composition of LHC 1 in soybean and followed the accumulation of individual subunits during light-induced assembly. We observed four LHC 1 subunits, at 23, 22, 21 and 20.5 kDa, obtained partial sequence information by amino-terminal sequence analysis, and classified the 20.5, 22, and 21 kDa subunits as being encoded by type I, II, and IV chlorophyll a/b binding protein genes, respectively. Antisera against LHC 1 subunits were used to follow the accumulation of individual subunits during the light-initiated transition from etioplast to chloroplast. Several points are noteworthy. First, monospecific antibody against the 22 kDa subunit decorated a 25 kDa peptide in etiolated tissue, which declined during maturation. This decline correlated with the light-induced appearance of mature 22 kDa peptide, suggesting a precursor/product relationship. Second, the same antibody identified a 22 kDa protein in mature corn, but not a larger band in etiolated corn, suggesting that LHC 1 accumulation is regulated differently between species before the onset of chlorophyll biosynthesis. Third, the mature 22 kDa subunit appeared somewhat later than the other LHC 1 peptides during greening, implying that this subunit is less intimately associated with the PS1 core than are the subunits appearing earlier in development.

  1. Water quality assessment using satellite-derived chlorophyll-a within the European directives, in the southeastern Bay of Biscay.

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    Novoa, S; Chust, G; Sagarminaga, Y; Revilla, M; Borja, A; Franco, J

    2012-04-01

    The implementation of water quality European Directives requires an intensification of water quality monitoring, within the limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone. Remote sensing technologies can provide a valuable tool for frequent, synoptic, water-quality observations, over large areas. The aim of this study is to assess the ecological status of Basque coastal water bodies using satellite imagery from MODIS sensor, together with optical and chlorophyll-ain situ measurements. Thus, sea surface satellite-derived chl-a algorithms, the OC3 M, OC5 and a Local empirical algorithm, were compared against in situ measurements using satellite in situ match-ups, 90th Percentile (P90) monthly values for the 2005-2010 period. The OC5 algorithm corresponded most accurately with in situ measurements performed in the area, hence, it was selected. A P90 chlorophyll-a map was created with this algorithm to apply the classification scheme required by the directives. The classification of water bodies, based upon satellite-derived chlorophyll-a, could improve considerably the assessment of water quality.

  2. Characterization of photosystem 1 chlorophyll a/b-binding apoprotein accumulation in developing soybean using type-specific antibodies

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    Henry, R. L.; Armbrust, T.; Gallegos, G.; Guikema, J. A.; Spooner, B. S. (Principal Investigator)

    1992-01-01

    The structure and supramolecular assembly of the soybean photosystem 1 (PS 1) chlorophyll a/b-binding antenna (LHC 1) was examined. We identified the subunit composition of LHC 1 in soybean and followed the accumulation of individual subunits during light-induced assembly. We observed four LHC 1 subunits, at 23, 22, 21 and 20.5 kDa, obtained partial sequence information by amino-terminal sequence analysis, and classified the 20.5, 22, and 21 kDa subunits as being encoded by type I, II, and IV chlorophyll a/b binding protein genes, respectively. Antisera against LHC 1 subunits were used to follow the accumulation of individual subunits during the light-initiated transition from etioplast to chloroplast. Several points are noteworthy. First, monospecific antibody against the 22 kDa subunit decorated a 25 kDa peptide in etiolated tissue, which declined during maturation. This decline correlated with the light-induced appearance of mature 22 kDa peptide, suggesting a precursor/product relationship. Second, the same antibody identified a 22 kDa protein in mature corn, but not a larger band in etiolated corn, suggesting that LHC 1 accumulation is regulated differently between species before the onset of chlorophyll biosynthesis. Third, the mature 22 kDa subunit appeared somewhat later than the other LHC 1 peptides during greening, implying that this subunit is less intimately associated with the PS1 core than are the subunits appearing earlier in development.

  3. Linking phytoplankton nitrogen uptake, macronutrients and chlorophyll- a in SW Atlantic waters: The case of the Gulf of San Jorge, Argentina

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    Paparazzo, Flavio E.; Williams, Gabriela N.; Pisoni, Juan P.; Solís, Miriam; Esteves, José L.; Varela, Diana E.

    2017-08-01

    We compared biological and chemical parameters in surface waters of the Gulf of San Jorge to better understand carbon export and the factors that control phytoplankton production in an area of the Argentinian Continental Shelf, a vastly under sampled region of the SW Atlantic Ocean. In April of 2012, we estimated new and regenerated primary production in the Gulf by measuring nitrate and ammonium uptake, respectively. We also measured macronutrient, and in situ chlorophyll-a concentrations, which were compared to chlorophyll-a estimates from remote sensing. Although the Gulf of San Jorge presents high levels of chlorophyll-a and primary production, the relationship between these parameters is not straightforward. Previous studies showed that surface chlorophyll-a explains only part of the variance in euphotic-zone integrated primary production, and that satellite-derived chlorophyll-a underestimates in situ primary production. Our results showed large spatial variability in the Gulf, with transitional physico-chemical conditions, such as fronts, that could favor an increase in biological production. In situ chlorophyll-a concentrations were highest at the mid-shelf station (6.0 mg m- 3) and lowest at the northernmost location by an order of magnitude. Remote sensing measurements of chlorophyll-a underestimated our in situ chlorophyll-a concentrations. Total nitrogen (nitrate + ammonium) uptake showed relatively similar rates throughout the study area (≈ 130 nM-N d- 1), except in the northernmost station where it was much lower (53 nM-N d- 1). This north region had a distinct water mass and maximal levels of macronutrients (nitrate ≈ 6 μM, ammonium ≈ 1.2 μM, phosphate ≈ 1.2 μM and silicic acid ≈ 4 μM). For the entire sampling region, chlorophyll-a concentrations strongly correlated with total nitrogen uptake (r = 0.76, n = 8, p < 0.05) and new primary production (r = 0.78, n = 8, p < 0.05). Values of the f-ratio were 0.9 in mid-shelf, and ranged

  4. Chlorophyll revisited: anti-inflammatory activities of chlorophyll a and inhibition of expression of TNF-α gene by the same.

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    Subramoniam, Appian; Asha, Velikkakathu V; Nair, Sadasivan Ajikumaran; Sasidharan, Sreejith P; Sureshkumar, Parameswaran K; Rajendran, Krishnan Nair; Karunagaran, Devarajan; Ramalingam, Krishnan

    2012-06-01

    In view of the folklore use of green leaves to treat inflammation, the anti-inflammatory property of chlorophylls and their degradation products were studied. Chlorophyll a and pheophytin a (magnesium-free chlorophyll a) from fresh leaves showed potent anti-inflammatory activity against carrageenan-induced paw edema in mice and formalin-induced paw edema in rats. Chlorophyll a inhibited bacterial lipopolysaccharide-induced TNF-α (a pro-inflammatory cytokine) gene expression in HEK293 cells, but it did not influence the expression of inducible nitric acid synthase and cyclooxygenase-2 genes. Chlorophyll b only marginally inhibited both inflammation and TNF-α gene expression. But both chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b showed the same level of marginal inhibition on 12-O-tetradecanoyl-phorbol-13-acetate-induced NF-κB activation. Chlorophylls and pheophytins showed in vitro anti-oxidant activity. The study shows that chlorophyll a and its degradation products are valuable and abundantly available anti-inflammatory agents and promising for the development of phytomedicine or conventional medicine to treat inflammation and related diseases.

  5. Photodynamic therapy using chlorophyll-a in the treatment of acne vulgaris: a randomized, single-blind, split-face study.

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    Song, Byong Han; Lee, Dong Hun; Kim, Byung Chul; Ku, Sang Hyeon; Park, Eun Joo; Kwon, In Ho; Kim, Kwang Ho; Kim, Kwang Joong

    2014-10-01

    Chlorophyll-a is a novel photosensitizer recently tested for the treatment of acne vulgaris. We sought to evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of chlorophyll-a photodynamic therapy used for acne treatment. Subjects with acne on both sides of the face were included. Eight treatment sessions were performed over a 4-week duration. Half of the face was irradiated using a blue and red light-emitting diode after topical application of chlorophyll-lipoid complex. The other half underwent only light-emitting diode phototherapy. The lesion counts and acne severity were assessed by a blinded examiner. Sebum secretion, safety, and histologic changes were also evaluated. In total, 24 subjects completed the study. Facial acne improved on both treated sides. On the chlorophyll-a photodynamic therapy-treated side, there were significant reductions in acne lesion counts, acne severity grades, and sebum levels compared with the side treated with light-emitting diode phototherapy alone. The side effects were tolerable in all the cases. All the subjects were of Asian descent with darker skin types, which may limit the generalizability of the study. A chlorophyll-a arm alone is absent, as is a no-treatment arm. We suggest that chlorophyll-a photodynamic therapy for the treatment of acne vulgaris can be effective and safe with minimal side effects. Copyright © 2014 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Evidence for water-mediated triplet-triplet energy transfer in the photoprotective site of the peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein.

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    Di Valentin, Marilena; Tait, Claudia E; Salvadori, Enrico; Orian, Laura; Polimeno, Antonino; Carbonera, Donatella

    2014-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical studies indicate that water molecules between redox partners can significantly affect their electron-transfer and possibly also the triplet-triplet energy transfer (TTET) properties when in the vicinity of chromophores. In the present work, the interaction of an intervening water molecule with the peridinin triplet state in the peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein (PCP) from Amphidinium carterae is studied by using orientation selective (2)H electron spin echo envelope modulation (ESEEM) spectroscopy, in conjunction with quantum mechanical calculations. This water molecule is located at the interface between the chlorophyll and peridinin pigments involved in the photoprotection mechanism (Chl601(602)-Per614(624), for nomenclature see reference [1]), based on TTET. The characteristic deuterium modulation pattern is observed in the electron spin-echo envelopes for the PCP complex exchanged against (2)H2O. Simulations of the time- and frequency-domain two-pulse and three-pulse ESEEM require two types of coupled (2)H. The more strongly coupled (2)H has an isotropic coupling constant (aiso) of -0.4MHz. This Fermi contact contribution for one of the two water protons and the precise geometry of the water molecule at the interface between the chlorophyll and peridinin pigments, resulting from the analysis, provide experimental evidence for direct involvement of this structured water molecule in the mechanism of TTET. The PCP antenna, characterised by a unity efficiency of the process, represents a model for future investigations on protein- and solvent-mediated TTET in the field of natural/artificial photosynthesis. © 2013.

  7. The potential impact of an inter-basin water transfer project on nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) and chlorophyll a of the receiving water system.

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    Zeng, Qinghui; Qin, Lihuan; Li, Xuyong

    2015-12-01

    Any inter-basin water transfer project would cause complex physical, chemical, hydrological and biological changes to the receiving system. The primary channel of the middle route of the South-to-North Water Transfer Project has a total length of 1267 km. There is a significant difference between the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the originating and receiving drinking water conservation districts. To predict the impacts of this long-distance inter-basin water transfer project on the N&P (nitrogen and phosphorus) concentrations and eutrophication risk of the receiving system, an environmental fluid dynamics code (EFDC) model was applied. The calibrated model accurately reproduced the hydrodynamic, water quality and the entire algal bloom process. Thirteen scenarios were defined to fully understand the N&P and chlorophyll a (Chl a) variation among different hydrological years, different quantity and timing of water transfer, and different inflows of N&P concentrations. The results showed the following: (a) The water transfer project would not result in a substantial difference to the trophic state of the Miyun reservoir in any of the hydrological years. (b) The area affected by the water transfer did not involve the entire reservoir. To minimize the impact of water transfer on N&P nutrients and Chl a, water should be transferred as uniform as possible with small discharge. (c) The variation in Chl a was more sensitive to an increase in P than an increase in N for the transferred water. The increased percentages of the average Chl a concentration when water was transferred in the spring, summer and autumn were 7.76%, 16.67% and 16.45%. Our findings imply that special attention should be given to prevent P increment of the transferred water from May to October to prevent algal blooms. The results provide useful information for decision makers about the quantity and timing of water transfers. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Characterizing the Chlorophyll-a Specific Absorption Coefficient of Phytoplankton Measured in the Gulf of Maine in Varying Oceanic Provinces

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    Dowell, M.

    2006-12-01

    Chlorophyll-a specific absorption (aph*) is a parameter used in bio-optical and primary production models and its coefficients are usually assumed to be constant. However, it has been documented in previous studies that these coefficients vary significantly due to pigmentation and "the package effect" which are a function of the taxonomic composition and the physiological state of the algal population. As part of the Coastal Ocean Observing Center (COOC) at the University of New Hampshire, HPLC pigments and phytoplankton absorption measurements were taken from water samples collected within the Gulf of Maine from 2004-2006. These data were then partitioned spatially, temporally, seasonally, and by other classification criteria. Spectral aph* means were generated for all partitions within each classification method. The results were used to parameterize province-specific bio-optical models for a regional algorithm. The separation of aph* means into different classes captured the effects of taxonomy and the package effect by reducing aph* variability.

  9. Moving toward finer scales in oceanography: Predictive linear functional model of Chlorophyll a profile from light data

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    Bayle, Séverine; Monestiez, Pascal; Guinet, Christophe; Nerini, David

    2015-05-01

    The Southern Ocean plays a key role in ocean-atmosphere carbon dioxide fluxes. Estimation of carbon exchanges between ocean and atmosphere must rely on accurate estimations of primary productivity which require measurements of phytoplankton concentration within the water column. In this paper, we are interested in relationships between primary productivity and light in the Antarctic ocean. The originality of this work is twofold. Starting from physical hypothesis, a statistical model is constructed for the prediction of Chlorophyll a (Chl a) profiles where light profiles are used as a covariate. Taking into account of the functional nature of the data, solutions are proposed to estimate continuous vertical profiles from discrete data sampled by elephant seals equipped with a new generation of oceanographic tags. Bootstrapped prediction intervals show a good quality of prediction of Chl a profiles, giving access to the shape of the profiles along depth and to the submesoscale structure of phytoplankton within the euphotic layer of the Southern Ocean.

  10. DNA clone encoding a photosystem I protein with homology to photosystem II chlorophyll a/b-binding polypeptides

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    Hoffman, N.E.; Pichersky, E.; Malik, V.S.; Castresana, C.; Ko, K.; Darr, S.C.; Cashmore, A.R.

    1987-12-01

    The authors report here the isolation and nucleotide sequence of a complete cDNA clone encoding a photosystem I (PS I) polypeptide that is recognized by a monoclonal antibody made against photosystem II (PS II) chlorophyll a/b-binding (CAB) proteins. The deduced sequence of this PS I protein shows 30% overall identity to PS II CAB sequences, and two long segments within this protein show 50% and 65% identity to the corresponding segments in the PS II CAB polypeptides. Even though the sequence of this PS I CAB protein is substantially divergent from PS II CAB sequences, their hydropathy plots are very similar and suggest they all traverse the thylakoid membrane three times. A segment of the PS I CAB polypeptide shows similarity to the functionally analogous ..beta.. subunits of the antenna proteins of purple bacteria. In contrast, no homology was observed between these bacterial proteins and PS II CAB polypeptides.

  11. In Vivo and in Vitro Chlorophyll-a and Pheophytin-a Concentration Measurements by Laser Fluorometry

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    Demidov, A. A.; Baulin, E. V.; Chernyavskaya, E. A.

    1992-01-01

    Discussed here is the application of a laser fluorescent technique in in vivo and in vitro phyto- and zooplankton analysis involving popular lasers, an impulse YAG laser (lambda = 532 nm) and a steady state He-Cd (lambda = 440 nm). The YAG laser is widely used in laser remote sensing of seawater photoplankton in situ mode, but here we give special attention to its use in the precise estimation of phytoplankton pigments using laser induced fluorescence. The He-Cd laser is a novice in this field and, we believe, very promising. Our methods enable one to detect, in viro, chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) concentration in the water probe up to 10 nanograms per liter, and to measure, in vitro, Chl-a and pheophytin-a (Ph-a) concentrations in acetone extracts of phyto- and zooplankton up to 1 nanogram per liter.

  12. Diffuse reflectance of the ocean - The theory of its augmentation by chlorophyll a fluorescence at 685 nm

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    Gordon, H. R.

    1979-01-01

    The radiative transfer equation is modified to include the effect of fluorescent substances and solved in the quasi-single scattering approximation for a homogeneous ocean containing fluorescent particles with wavelength independent quantum efficiency and a Gaussian shaped emission line. The results are applied to the in vivo fluorescence of chlorophyll a (in phytoplankton) in the ocean to determine if the observed quantum efficiencies are large enough to explain the enhancement of the ocean's diffuse reflectance near 685 nm in chlorophyll rich waters without resorting to anomalous dispersion. The computations indicate that the required efficiencies are sufficiently low to account completely for the enhanced reflectance. The validity of the theory is further demonstrated by deriving values for the upwelling irradiance attenuation coefficient at 685 nm which are in close agreement with the observations.

  13. Examination of Critical Factors Related to Summer Chlorophyll a Concentration in the Sueo Dam Reservoir, Republic of Korea.

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    Lee, Seungjae; Lee, Sangeun; Kim, Sung Hoon; Park, Heekyung; Park, Sangjun; Yum, Kyungtaek

    2012-06-01

    This study examined critical factors related to the short-term variation of algae growth in reservoirs during the summer. To this end, statistical tests were carried out at a small dam reservoir to determine how chemical factors (e.g., nutrient concentrations) and physical factors (e.g., theoretical and relative residence times, temperature) influenced the chlorophyll a (Chl-a) concentration. Statistical tests revealed that, although phosphorus (P) concentration was significant for Chl-a, residence time had much stronger relationship to Chl-a concentration than chemical factors. In addition, the study verified that relative residence time (RRT) best explained the relation of water status to algae growth. RRT was found to be useful in identifying water status related to the summer algae bloom. Finally, this study raised the possibility of inhibiting summer algae growth by operating dam reservoirs moderately. These findings need to be seriously considered when reservoir operators establish effective strategies for water quality management in summer.

  14. The Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Modulated by All-Trans-β-Carotene in the Process of Photosystem II.

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    Li, Tianyu; Zhang, Ye; Gong, Nan; Li, Zuowei; Sun, Chenglin; Men, Zhiwei

    2016-06-21

    Modulating the chlorophyll a (Chl-a) fluorescence by all-trans-β-Carotene (β-Car) in the polarity and non-polarity solutions was investigated. The fluorescence intensity of Chl-a decreased as the concentration of β-Car increased. The excited electronic levels of Chl-a and β-Car became much closer owing to the solvent effect, which led to the electron transfer between both two molecules. A electron-separated pair Chl(-)·Chl⁺ that is not luminous was formed due to electron transfer. The solution of Chl-a and β-car in C₃H₆O was similar to the internal environment of chloroplast. We conclude that the polar solvent is good for the fluorescent modulation in photosystem II.

  15. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Emission of fluorescence from chlorophyll a in vivo due to nanosecond pulsed laser excitation

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    Bunin, D. K.; Gorbunov, M. Yu; Fadeev, V. V.; Chekalyuk, A. M.

    1992-05-01

    A model was proposed and tested experimentally to describe the emission of fluorescence by chlorophyll a in vivo as a result of pulsed laser excitation. This model takes into account the migration of excitons between various photosynthetic units, singlet-singlet annihilation of excitons, pigment bleaching, and also the influence of various states of the photosystem II reaction centers. A method was developed to measure the average number of excitons reaching a photosystem II reaction center during a pulse. This involved two-pulse laser excitation. It was found that the rates of exciton capture by the reaction centers were the same for the PIQ and P +IQ - states of the photosystem II reaction centers, whereas the rate of exciton capture in the P +I -Q - state was half that for the PIQ - state.

  16. The Chlorophyll a Fluorescence Modulated by All-Trans-β-Carotene in the Process of Photosystem II

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    Li, Tianyu; Zhang, Ye; Gong, Nan; Li, Zuowei; Sun, Chenglin; Men, Zhiwei

    2016-01-01

    Modulating the chlorophyll a (Chl-a) fluorescence by all-trans-β-Carotene (β-Car) in the polarity and non-polarity solutions was investigated. The fluorescence intensity of Chl-a decreased as the concentration of β-Car increased. The excited electronic levels of Chl-a and β-Car became much closer owing to the solvent effect, which led to the electron transfer between both two molecules. A electron-separated pair Chl−·Chl+ that is not luminous was formed due to electron transfer. The solution of Chl-a and β-car in C3H6O was similar to the internal environment of chloroplast. We conclude that the polar solvent is good for the fluorescent modulation in photosystem II. PMID:27338363

  17. Light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-protein: Three-dimensional structure of a reconstituted membrane lattice in negative stain

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    Li, Jade

    1985-01-01

    The three-dimensional structure of a negatively stained hexagonal membrane lattice containing the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-protein complex and phospholipids has been determined to 30-Å resolution by image reconstruction from electron micrographs. This lattice has p321 symmetry, a lattice constant of 125 Å and a thickness of 75 Å. The monomer is shown to be an elongated molecule about 65 Å long in the dimension perpendicular to the plane of the membrane. It spans the hydrophobic domain of the membrane in an asymmetric fashion, projecting [unk]20 Å from one surface and less from the other. On the basis of this image and available biochemical data, the structure of the complex in the native thylakoid membrane is proposed. Images PMID:16593535

  18. Photophysical and photochemical studies of chlorophyll a and cobalt(II)tetraphenylporphyrin in poly(L-glutamate)-decylammonium ion complex.

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    Ngweniform, Pascaline; Kusumoto, Yoshihumi; Ikeda, Miyuki; Somekawa, Shouichi; Ahmmad, Bashir; Kurawaki, Junichi; Hayakawa, Katumitu

    2007-06-26

    Spectroscopic studies were carried out on chlorophyll a and cobalt(II)tetraphenylporphyrin solubilized in a poly(L-glutamate) (Poly(Glu))-decylammonium chloride (DeAC) complex system, in the presence of methylviologen (MV2+). The cooperative binding occurred between the anionic Poly(Glu) and the cationic DeAC, leading to the formation of micelle-like hydrophobic clusters of DeAC and also the change in conformation of the Poly(Glu) from the random coil to the alpha-helix. All of the absorption spectra, the fluorescence quantum yields and the fluorescence lifetimes indicated the existence of equilibrium between the aggregated biofunctional molecules in the bulk phase and the monomeric species in the complex phase of the Poly(Glu)-DeAC solution. The fluorescence quenching of the biofunctional molecules by methylviologen indicates that the conformation-dependent electron transfer occurs in the complex phase.

  19. Evaluation of chlorophyll-a retrieval algorithms based on MERIS bands for optically varying eutrophic inland lakes.

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    Lyu, Heng; Li, Xiaojun; Wang, Yannan; Jin, Qi; Cao, Kai; Wang, Qiao; Li, Yunmei

    2015-10-15

    Fourteen field campaigns were conducted in five inland lakes during different seasons between 2006 and 2013, and a total of 398 water samples with varying optical characteristics were collected. The characteristics were analyzed based on remote sensing reflectance, and an automatic cluster two-step method was applied for water classification. The inland waters could be clustered into three types, which we labeled water types I, II and III. From water types I to III, the effect of the phytoplankton on the optical characteristics gradually decreased. Four chlorophyll-a retrieval algorithms for Case II water, a two-band, three-band, four-band and SCI (Synthetic Chlorophyll Index) algorithm were evaluated for three water types based on the MERIS bands. Different MERIS bands were used for the three water types in each of the four algorithms. The four algorithms had different levels of retrieval accuracy for each water type, and no single algorithm could be successfully applied to all water types. For water types I and III, the three-band algorithm performed the best, while the four-band algorithm had the highest retrieval accuracy for water type II. However, the three-band algorithm is preferable to the two-band algorithm for turbid eutrophic inland waters. The SCI algorithm is recommended for highly turbid water with a higher concentration of total suspended solids. Our research indicates that the chlorophyll-a concentration retrieval by remote sensing for optically contrasted inland water requires a specific algorithm that is based on the optical characteristics of inland water bodies to obtain higher estimation accuracy. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Use of ensemble prediction technique to estimate the inherent uncertainty in the simulated chlorophyll-a concentration in coastal ecosystems*

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    Meszaros, Lorinc; El Serafy, Ghada

    2017-04-01

    Phytoplankton blooms in coastal ecosystems such as the Wadden Sea may cause mortality of mussels and other benthic organisms. Furthermore, the algal primary production is the base of the food web and therefore it greatly influences fisheries and aquacultures. Consequently, accurate phytoplankton concentration prediction offers ecosystem and economic benefits. Numerical ecosystem models are powerful tools to compute water quality variables including the phytoplankton concentration. Nevertheless, their accuracy ultimately depends on the uncertainty stemming from the external forcings which further propagates and complicates by the non-linear ecological processes incorporated in the ecological model. The Wadden Sea is a shallow, dynamically varying ecosystem with high turbidity and therefore the uncertainty in the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) concentration field greatly influences the prediction of water quality variables. Considering the high level of uncertainty in the modelling process, it is advised that an uncertainty estimate should be provided together with a single-valued deterministic model output. Through the use of an ensemble prediction system in the Dutch coastal waters the uncertainty in the modelled chlorophyll-a concentration has been estimated. The input ensemble is generated from perturbed model process parameters and external forcings through Latin hypercube sampling with dependence (LHSD). The simulation is carried out using the Delft3D Generic Ecological Model (GEM) with the advance algal speciation module-BLOOM which is sufficiently well validated for primary production simulation in the southern North Sea. The output ensemble is post-processed to obtain the uncertainty estimate and the results are validated against in-situ measurements and Remote Sensing (RS) data. The spatial uncertainty of chlorophyll-a concentration was derived using the produced ensemble spread maps. *This work has received funding from the European Union's Horizon

  1. Novel decomposition products of chlorophyll- a in continental shelf (Louisiana shelf) sediments: formation and transformation of carotenol chlorin esters

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    Chen, Nianhong; Bianchi, Thomas S.; Bland, John M.

    2003-06-01

    In April 2000, we collected box cores from five stations along a cross-shelf transect on the Louisiana (LA) continental shelf. Novel esters of carotenols and chlorins (carotenoid chlorin esters, CCEs), which are highly specific grazing markers, were identified in surface and deep sediments (>10 cm) from the LA shelf. Chlorophyll- a inventory indicated that CCEs are one of the major decay products of chlorophyll- a in shelf sediments. Abundances of total CCEs (9-18%) in surface sediments along the cross-shelf transect were comparable to the abundance of pheophytin- a, pyropheophytin- a, and total steryl chlorin esters (SCEs). Prior work has identified four CCEs which have dehydrated fucoxanthin/fucoxanthinol as a substitute alcohol of phytol. We report on four newly identified CCEs associated with nondehydrated fuxocanthin/fucoxanthinol esterified to (pyro)pheophorbide- a. These nondehydrated CCEs were generally present in lower concentrations than their dehydrated counterparts, but were detectable by atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) mass spectrometry coupled with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). We attributed differences between this study and previous work to the time allowed for predepositional decay and grazing processes to occur. The rapid sedimentation of CCEs in the shallow water column (ca. 10 m) on the LA shelf allowed for effective burial of all CCEs compared to the deeper water column regions sampled by previous work. This speculation is supported by the fact that the concentrations of CCEs with nondehydrated fucoxanthin/fucoxanthinol were extremely low in sediments from the site on the outer LA shelf with a deeper (253 m) water column. We also tentatively identified an additional CCE and its isomer as fucoxanthinol didehydrate pyropheophorbide- a ester. We suggest that the formation and transformation of CCEs are primarily controlled by the following three biologically mediated reactions: demethoxycarbonylation, dehydration

  2. Are Bryophytes Shade Plants? Photosynthetic Light Responses and Proportions of Chlorophyll a, Chlorophyll b and Total Carotenoids

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    MARSCHALL, MARIANN; PROCTOR, MICHAEL C. F.

    2004-01-01

    • Background and Aims Data are presented from 39 species of mosses and 16 liverworts for ratios of chlorophylls and total carotenoids, and light saturation of photosynthetic electron flow or photosynthetic CO2 uptake, in relation to the postulate that bryophyte cells in general show shade-plant characteristics. • Methods Pigment concentrations were measured by spectrophotometer in 80 % acetone extracts. Light-saturation curves were constructed by (modulated) chlorophyll florescence and for some species by infra-red gas analysis. • Key Results The pigment measurements were widely variable but broadly in line with the findings of previous authors. Median values (mosses/liverworts) were: total chlorophyll, 1·64/3·76 mg g−1; chlorophyll a : b, 2·29/1·99; chlorophylls : carotenoids, 4·74/6·75). The PPFD values at 95 % saturation (estimated from fitted curves) also ranged widely, but were almost all <1000 µmol m−2 s−1; the median for mosses was 583 and for liverworts 214 µmol m−2 s−1. The two highest PPFD95% values were from Polytrichum species with lamella systems forming a ventilated photosynthetic tissue. Total chlorophyll, chlorophyll a : b and chlorophylls : carotenoids all correlated significantly with PPFD95%. • Conclusions Bryophytes include but are not inherently shade plants. Light-saturation levels for species of open sun-exposed habitats are lower than for vascular sun plants and are probably limited by CO2 diffusion into unistratose leaves; this limit can only be exceeded by bryophytes with ventilated photosynthetic tissues which provide increased area for CO2 uptake. PMID:15319230

  3. Assessment of chlorophyll-a concentration in the Gulf of Riga using hyperspectral airborne and simulated Sentinel-3 OLCI data

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    Jakovels, Dainis; Brauns, Agris; Filipovs, Jevgenijs; Taskovs, Juris; Fedorovicha, Dagnija; Paavel, Birgot; Ligi, Martin; Kutser, Tiit

    2016-08-01

    Remote sensing has proved to be an accurate and reliable tool in clear water environments like oceans or the Mediterranean Sea. However, the current algorithms and methods usually fail on optically complex waters like coastal and inland waters. The whole Baltic Sea can be considered as optically complex coastal waters. Remote assessment of water quality parameters (eg., chlorophyll-a concentration) is of interest for monitoring of marine environment, but hasn't been used as a routine approach in Latvia. In this study, two simultaneous hyperspectral airborne data and in situ measurement campaigns were performed in the Gulf of Riga near the River Daugava mouth in summer 2015 to simulate Sentinel-3 data and test existing algorithms for retrieval of Level 2 Water products. Comparison of historical data showed poor overall correlation between in situ measurements and MERIS chlorophyll-a data products. Better correlation between spectral chl-a data products and in situ water sampling measurements was achieved during simultaneous airborne and field campaign resulting in R2 up to 0.94 for field spectral data, R2 of 0.78 for airborne data. Test of all two band ratio combinations showed that R2 could be improved from 0.63 to 0.94 for hyperspectral airborne data choosing 712 and 728 nm bands instead of 709 and 666 nm, and R2 could be improved from 0.61 to 0.83 for simulated Sentinel-3 OLCI data choosing Oa10 and Oa8 bands instead of Oa11 and Oa8. Repeated campaigns are planned during spring and summer blooms 2016 in the Gulf of Riga to get larger data set for validation and evaluate repeatability. The main challenges remain to acquire as good data as possible within rapidly changing environment and often cloudy weather conditions.

  4. Temporal variation of chlorophyll a concentration in the coastal waters affected by the Hebei Spirit oil spill in the West Sea of Korea.

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    Lee, Chung Il; Kim, Mu Chan; Kim, Hyung Chul

    2009-04-01

    Time series changes in chlorophyll a concentration before and after the Hebei Spirit oil spill that occurred in December 2007 were analyzed using NCEP wind and SeaWiFS/MODIS ocean color data. Prevailing southwesterly winds and northeast/southwestward tidal currents pushed the oil towards Korea's West Sea coast of Taean. After the oil spill, daily chlorophyll a concentration decreased about 45-50% compared to the normal condition before the oil spill, and this decrease continued for about two weeks. Monthly mean chlorophyll a concentration in December 2007 was lower compared to the average value for the same month between 1998 and 2007, but, in October and November 2007 before the spill and in January-February 2008 after the spill, the concentration value was higher than average for the same period between 1998 and 2007.

  5. ENDOR and ESEEM of the 15N labelled radical cations of chlorophyll a and the primary donor P 700 in photosystem I

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    Käβ, H.; Bittersmann-Weidlich, E.; Andréasson, L.-E.; Bönigk, B.; Lubitz, W.

    1995-05-01

    The hyperfine couplings of the nitrogen nuclei in the radical cations of both 15N-labelled chlorophyll a and the primary donor P 700 in Photosystem I of Synechococcus elongatus and spinach ( Spinacea oleracea) in frozen solutions were investigated by ENDOR and, for confirmation, by two-dimensional ESEEM techniques. In addition, 1H ENDOR experiments were performed on these compounds. The experimental 15N hyperfine couplings of the chlorophyll a radical cation are compared with theoretical ones obtained by RHF-INDO/SP calculations and with the respective hyperfine couplings in the closely related 15N-bacteriochlorophyll a radical cation. Based on the observed 15N and 1H hyperfine couplings two possible models are discussed for P 700+: (a) the special pair model with a strongly asymmetric spin density distribution over the dimer halves; (b) the model of a strongly perturbed chlorophyll a monomer.

  6. Extraction of ozone and chlorophyll-A distribution from AVIRIS data

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    Schaepman, M.; Itten, K. I.; Schlaepfer, D.; Kurer, U.; Veraguth, S.; Keller, J.

    1995-01-01

    The potential of airborne imaging spectrometry for assessing and monitoring natural resources is studied. Therefore, an AVIRIS scene of the NASA's MacEurope 1991 campaign - acquired in Central Switzerland - is used. The test site consists of an urban area, the Lake Zug with its surrounding fields, the Rigi mountain in the center of the test site, and the Lake of Four Cantons. The region is covered by the AVIRIS flight #910705, run 6 and 7 of the NASA ER-2 aircraft resulting in an average nominal pixel size of about 18 m. Simultaneous to the ER-2 overflight spectroradiometric measurements have been taken in various locations. Preselected reference targets were measured in the field with a GER Mark V spectroradiometer, and radiance measurements were taken to the lake using a Li-Cor LI 1800UW specroradiometer below and above the water surface. A comprehensive meteorological data set was obtained by joining the POLLUMET experiment which carried out measurements to investigate the summer smog in Switzerland on the same day. The quality assessment for the actual data set can be found in detail in Meyer et al. A parametric approach calculating the location of the airplane was used to simulate the observation geometry. This parametric preprocessing procedure, which takes care of effects of flight line and attitude variations as well as the pixel-by-pixel topographic corrections is described in Meyer.

  7. Tracking upwind areas associated with enhanced chlorophyll-a concentrations to examine the impact of atmospheric deposition on phytoplankton production in the Sargasso and Mediterranean Seas

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    Kim, T. W.

    2016-12-01

    Transports of terrestrial materials through the atmosphere and their depositions influence ocean biogeochemistry. In particular, growth of phytoplankton in oligotrophic oceans may be stimulated by the atmospheric deposition of nutrients (e.g. reactive nitrogen species and iron). The Sargasso and Mediterranean Seas are two oligotrophic oceans that may show the enhancements in phytoplankton production by the atmospheric deposition, because their upwind areas include African deserts and urban areas of the United States and the Europe. To test this hypothesis, time series of chlorophyll-a concentration (from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) were combined with air mass back trajectory (from Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model) to perform the Concentration-Weighted Trajectory (CWT) receptor model. In this model, all individual endpoints of a single air mass back trajectory are associated with a chlorophyll-a concentration measured at the starting time of air mass back trajectory. The upwind areas showing relatively high CWT values represent they are mostly associated with enhanced chlorophyll-a concentration and contribute to phytoplankton production. We carried out the CWT in 65 and 188 stations for the Mediterranean and Saragossa Seas, respectively. The results showed relatively high CWT values in the North American and northern African continents. However, wind usually flows from these continents to ocean during cold months when chlorophyll-a concentrations are generally high. Thus the results appeared to largely originate from seasonal cycle of ocean mixed layer depth. To minimize the effect of seasonal variations, we divided chlorophyll-a concentrations by monthly climatology, which resulted in much reduced contrast in the CWT values between land and ocean areas. However, some upwind areas including the northern African desert regions still showed relatively high CWT values, maybe implying deposition-induced stimulation of

  8. Near infrared-red models for the remote estimation of chlorophyll- a concentration in optically complex turbid productive waters: From in situ measurements to aerial imagery

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    Gurlin, Daniela

    Today the water quality of many inland and coastal waters is compromised by cultural eutrophication in consequence of increased human agricultural and industrial activities and remote sensing is widely applied to monitor the trophic state of these waters. This study explores near infrared-red models for the remote estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in turbid productive waters and compares several near infrared-red models developed within the last 35 years. Three of these near infrared-red models were calibrated for a dataset with chlorophyll-a concentrations from 2.3 to 81.2 mg m -3 and validated for independent and statistically significantly different datasets with chlorophyll-a concentrations from 4.0 to 95.5 mg m-3 and 4.0 to 24.2 mg m-3 for the spectral bands of the MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) and Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). The developed MERIS two-band algorithm estimated chlorophyll-a concentrations from 4.0 to 24.2 mg m-3, which are typical for many inland and coastal waters, very accurately with a mean absolute error 1.2 mg m-3. These results indicate a high potential of the simple MERIS two-band algorithm for the reliable estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration without any reduction in accuracy compared to more complex algorithms, even though more research seems required to analyze the sensitivity of this algorithm to differences in the chlorophyll-a specific absorption coefficient of phytoplankton. Three near infrared-red models were calibrated and validated for a smaller dataset of atmospherically corrected multi-temporal aerial imagery collected by the hyperspectral airborne imaging spectrometer for applications (AisaEAGLE). The developed algorithms successfully captured the spatial and temporal variability of the chlorophyll-a concentrations and estimated chlorophyll- a concentrations from 2.3 to 81.2 mg m-3 with mean absolute errors from 4.4 mg m-3 for the AISA two band algorithm to 5.2 mg m-3

  9. Evaluation of 2D-ESEEM data of 15N-labeled radical cations of the primary donor P 700 in photosystem I and chlorophyll a

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    Käβ, H.; Lubitz, W.

    1996-03-01

    Hyperfine couplings (hfc's) of the nitrogen nuclei in the 15N-labeled radical cations of chlorophyll a and the primary donor P 700 in photosystem I of spinach were investigated in frozen solution by two-dimensional stimulated echo ESEEM. 15N hfc tensors were evaluated by comparison of the experimental data with simulations of the time domain and frequency domain ESEEM signals. The results are discussed in the framework of a chlorophyll a dimer model for the radical cation of P 700.

  10. Knowledge Management and Reference Services

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    Gandhi, Smiti

    2004-01-01

    Many corporations are embracing knowledge management (KM) to capture the intellectual capital of their employees. This article focuses on KM applications for reference work in libraries. It defines key concepts of KM, establishes a need for KM for reference services, and reviews various KM initiatives for reference services.

  11. Knowledge Management and Reference Services

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    Gandhi, Smiti

    2004-01-01

    Many corporations are embracing knowledge management (KM) to capture the intellectual capital of their employees. This article focuses on KM applications for reference work in libraries. It defines key concepts of KM, establishes a need for KM for reference services, and reviews various KM initiatives for reference services.

  12. The Photosynthetic Response to a Shift in the Chlorophyll a to Chlorophyll b Ratio of Chlorella1

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    Reger, Bonnie J.; Krauss, Robert W.

    1970-01-01

    The chlorophyll a:b ratio was shifted in Chlorella vannielii by varying the illuminance under which the cells were cultured—the ratio increased from 2.9, 3.0, 4.0, and 4.8 to 6.2, respectively, at 100, 300, 900, 2,700 and 6,000 foot candles. The 6,000-foot candle cells retained an optimal growth rate at the chlorophyll a:b ratio of 6.2 which was the upper limit of normal growth. Comparisons were made between the 300-and 6,000-foot candle cultures to determine the significance to the photosynthetic mechanism of a shift in the chlorophyll a:b ratio. The high light cells (6,000 foot candles) contained only one-tenth the total amount of chlorophyll of the low light cells (300 foot candles) based on dry weight. The total chlorophyll per cell of the high light cells was one-fifth of that in the low light cells. Electron micrographs indicated differences in chloroplast structure. An average of five or six thylakoids composed a granum-like region of the low light chloroplasts, whereas only a pair of thylakoids at most was found in the high light chloroplasts. The high light chloroplasts had more starch. On a dry weight basis, the high light cells had a respiration rate 3 times that of the low light cells. Based on chlorophyll, the respiration rate of the high light cells was 26 times greater. Based on dry weight, the oxygen evolution for both cultures was essentially the same at 6,000 foot candles; however, at 300 foot candles the rate for the low light cells was about 5 times faster than that of the high light cells. With chlorophyll as the index, the rates of the high light cells were higher than those of the low light cells—7 times faster at 6,000 and 2 times faster at 300 foot candles. At 10,000 foot candles, the low light-grown cells underwent photooxidation, whereas the high light grown cells photosynthesized at a rate slightly higher than at 6,000 foot candles. Action spectra of system II (oxygen evolution) from a modulated polarograph indicated photochemical

  13. The relative influence of local and regional environmental drivers of algal biomass (chlorophyll-a) varies by estuarine location

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    Wainger, Lisa; Yu, Hao; Gazenski, Kim; Boynton, Walter

    2016-09-01

    A major question in restoring estuarine water quality is whether local actions to manage excess nutrients can be effective, given that estuaries are also responding to tidal inputs from adjacent water bodies. Several types of statistical analysis were used to examine spatially-detailed and long-term water quality monitoring data in eight sub-estuaries of Chesapeake Bay. These sub-estuaries are likely to be similar to other shallow systems with moderate to long water residence times. Statistical cluster analysis of spatial water quality data suggested that estuaries had spatially distinct water quality zones and that the peak algal biomass (as measured by chlorophyll-a) was most often controlled by local watershed inputs in all but one estuary, although mainstem inputs affected most estuaries at some times and places. An elasticity indicator that compared inter-annual changes in sub-estuaries to parallel changes in the mainstem Chesapeake Bay supported the idea that water quality in sub-estuaries was not strongly coupled to the mainstem. A cross-channel zonation of water quality observed near the mouth of estuaries suggested that Bay influences were stronger on the right side of the lower channel (looking up estuary) at times in all estuaries, and was most common in small estuaries closest to the mouth of the primary water source to the estuary. Where Bay influences were strong, estuarine water quality would be expected to be less responsive to nutrient reductions made in the local watershed. Regression analysis was used to evaluate hypothesized relationships between environmental driver variables and average chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentrations. Chl-a values were calculated from unusually detailed levels of spatial sampling, potentially providing a more comprehensive view of system conditions than that provided by traditional sparse sampling networks. The univariate models with the best data support to explain variability in averaged chl-a concentration were those

  14. A bio-optical algorithm for the remote estimation of the chlorophyll-a concentration in case 2 waters

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    Gitelson, Anatoly A.; Gurlin, Daniela; Moses, Wesley J.; Barrow, Tadd

    2009-10-01

    The objective of this work was to test the performance of a recently developed three-band model and its special case, a two-band model, for the remote estimation of the chlorophyll- a (chl-a) concentration in turbid productive case 2 waters. We specifically focused on (a) determining the ability of the models to estimate chl- a <20 mg m-3, typical for coastal and estuarine waters, and (b) assessing the potential of MODIS and MERIS to estimate chl-a concentrations in turbid productive waters, using red and near-infrared (NIR) bands. Reflectance spectra and water samples were collected in 89 stations over lakes in the United States with a wide variability in optical parameters (i.e. 2.1chlorophyll-a concentrations with a root mean square error (RMSE) of <1.65 mg m-3. MODIS (bands 13 and 15) and MERIS (bands 7, 9, and 10) red and NIR reflectances were simulated from the collected reflectance spectra and potential estimation errors were assessed. The MODIS two-band model is able to estimate chl- a concentrations with a RMSE of<7.5 mg m-3 for chl-a ranging from 2 to 50 mg m-3 however, the model loses its sensitivity for chl- a<20 mg m-3. Benefiting from the higher spectral resolution of the MERIS data, the MERIS three-band model accounts for 93% of chl- a variation and is able to estimate chl-a concentrations with a RMSE of<5.1 mg m-3 for chl-a ranging from 2 to 50 mg m-3, and a RMSE of<1.7 mg m-3 for chl-a ranging from 2 to 20 mg m-3. These findings imply that, provided that an atmospheric correction scheme specific to the red and NIR spectral region is available, the extensive database of MODIS and MERIS images could be used to quantitatively monitor chl- a in case 2 waters.

  15. Spatial distribution of δ15N of chlorophyll-a in surface sediment of the northern Benguela Upwelling System

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    Xin, Y.

    2016-02-01

    We analyzed the δ15N of chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) in surface sediments of the northern Benguela Upwelling System (BUS), a coastal upwelling system with high primary productivity in surface waters and intensive denitrification in the subsurface oxygen minimum zone (OMZ). Upwelled nitrate is the major N-input to the northern BUS, and is consumed by denitrification and phytoplankton assimilation. Both processes gradually enrich the residual nitrate pool in 15N that is assimilated to synthesize chlorophyll-a (Chl-a). The δ15NChl-a distribution in surficial sediment should thus characterize the combined effects of denitrification and biological assimilation on the δ15N of nitrate in the overlying shelf waters, and should image the spatial patterns of denitrification and nitrate assimilation, respectively, in the northern BUS. Paired δ15NChl-a and bulk sediment δ15N (δ15Nsed) data of 27 surface sediment samples lack a significant correlation (R2 0.19, P=0.012). This insignificant correlation and the spatial discrepancies between δ15Nsed and δ15NChl-a suggest a varying post-depositional bias of diagenetic processes on the δ15Nsed. The onshore-offshore difference (∆) of δ15NChl-a in the northern sector of the studied area (17°-19°S,11°-14°E) is created mainly by fractionation effects of progressive plankton assimilation, because here the OMZ is weak and water-column denitrification is insignificant. In the southern sector (19°-23°S, 11°-14°E) where the OMZ is prominent, additional nitrate loss through denitrification causes most of the ∆ of δ15NChl-a. Along the inner shelf (17°-23°S), the southward increase of δ15NChl-a along the inner shelf mirrors an increase of δ15NNO3 from 17°S to 23°S, from which an annual denitrification rate of 0.6 Tg yr-1 is calculated based on the south-north difference in δ15NChl-a of 11.3‰. In coastal upwelling zones where OMZ intensity is coupled to the upwelling dynamics over the shelf, the δ15NChl-a in surface

  16. Normal-Phase Open Column versus Reversed-Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography: Separation of Chlorophyll a and Chlorophyll b from their Diastereomers.

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    Schaber, Peter M.

    1985-01-01

    Background information, procedures used, and typical results obtained are provided for an experiment involving the separation of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b from their diastereomers. Reasons why the experiment can be easily integrated into most laboratory curricula where high-performance liquid chromatography capabilities exist are given. (JN)

  17. Chlorophyll-a concentration estimation with three bio-optical algorithms: correction for the low concentration range for the Yiam Reservoir, Korea

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    Bio-optical algorithms have been applied to monitor water quality in surface water systems. Empirical algorithms, such as Ritchie (2008), Gons (2008), and Gilerson (2010), have been applied to estimate the chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentrations. However, the performance of each algorithm severely degr...

  18. Normal-Phase Open Column versus Reversed-Phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography: Separation of Chlorophyll a and Chlorophyll b from their Diastereomers.

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    Schaber, Peter M.

    1985-01-01

    Background information, procedures used, and typical results obtained are provided for an experiment involving the separation of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b from their diastereomers. Reasons why the experiment can be easily integrated into most laboratory curricula where high-performance liquid chromatography capabilities exist are given. (JN)

  19. Satellite remote sensing of chlorophyll a in support of nutrient management in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River (North Carolina) estuaries

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    The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) has adopted as a water quality standard that chlorophyll a concentration should not exceed 40 ug/L in sounds, estuaries and other slow-moving waters. Exceedances require regulators to develop a Total Maximum Daily Limit...

  20. Separate introns gained within short and long soluble peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein genes during radiation of Symbiodinium (Dinophyceae) clade A and B lineages

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    Peridinin-containing dinoflagellates express short (15-17 kD) and/or long (32-35kD) soluble peridinin-chlorophyll a-proteins (sPCP) that harvest blue-green light within chloroplast thylacoid lumens. The previously described pseudo-axis of symmetry in long sPCPs and phylogenetic e...

  1. CHANGES IN CHLOROPHYLL A FLOURESCENCE AND PIGMENT RATIOS DURING DIFFERENT GROWTH PHASES OF A UNICELLULAR MARINE CHAETOCEROS (BACILLAROPHYCEAE) IN BATCH CULTURE

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    Interpretations of chlorophyll a fluorescence data are based largely on application with green algae and higher plants. This study evaluated the interpretation of fluorescence data for a unicellular marine diatom. Chaetoceros sp. was grown in 4-liter batch cultures on a 16:8, L:D...

  2. Satellite remote sensing of chlorophyll a in support of nutrient management in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River (North Carolina) estuaries

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    The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission (EMC) has adopted as a water quality standard that chlorophyll a concentration should not exceed 40 ug/L in sounds, estuaries and other slow-moving waters. Exceedances require regulators to develop a Total Maximum Daily Limit...

  3. Interannual and seasonal variation of chlorophyll-a off the Yellow River Mouth (1997-2012): Dominance of river inputs and coastal dynamics

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    Wu, Xiao; Duan, Haiqin; Bi, Naishuang; Yuan, Ping; Wang, Aimei; Wang, Houjie

    2016-12-01

    The temporal variations of sea surface chlorophyll-a concentration off the Yellow River Mouth were investigated using SeaWiFS and MODIS data over the period of 1997-2012. And the complex interplay of different dominant factors (e.g. river inputs and coastal dynamics) on the phytoplankton dynamics in different seasons was discussed. High concentration of nutrients from the Yellow River inputs plays a significant role in sustaining phytoplankton growth. Approximately 59% of the interannual variations of the chlorophyll-a concentration off the Yellow River Mouth were attributed to river inputs (water discharge, sediment load and median grain size of sediment particles). On seasonal time scale, the Yellow River discharge of water and nutrients is a major factor that influences the increased chlorophyll-a concentration from August to October (summer and autumn). From February to May, the stronger winds and enhanced wave actions resuspend and vertically mix the previously deposited riverine sediment and the associated nutrient, thus possibly contributing to higher chlorophyll-a concentration.

  4. CHANGES IN CHLOROPHYLL A FLOURESCENCE AND PIGMENT RATIOS DURING DIFFERENT GROWTH PHASES OF A UNICELLULAR MARINE CHAETOCEROS (BACILLAROPHYCEAE) IN BATCH CULTURE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Interpretations of chlorophyll a fluorescence data are based largely on application with green algae and higher plants. This study evaluated the interpretation of fluorescence data for a unicellular marine diatom. Chaetoceros sp. was grown in 4-liter batch cultures on a 16:8, L:D...

  5. Comparison of satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a in a temperate reservoir using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense coincident surface observations

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    We analyzed 10 established and 4 new satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) in a temperate reservoir in southwest Ohio using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense water truth collected within one hour of image acquisition to develop si...

  6. Separate introns gained within short and long soluble peridinin-chlorophyll a-protein genes during radiation of Symbiodinium (Dinophyceae) clade A and B lineages

    EPA Science Inventory

    Peridinin-containing dinoflagellates express short (15-17 kD) and/or long (32-35kD) soluble peridinin-chlorophyll a-proteins (sPCP) that harvest blue-green light within chloroplast thylacoid lumens. The previously described pseudo-axis of symmetry in long sPCPs and phylogenetic e...

  7. Comparison of satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a in a temperate reservoir using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense coincident surface observations

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    We analyzed 10 established and 4 new satellite reflectance algorithms for estimating chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) in a temperate reservoir in southwest Ohio using coincident hyperspectral aircraft imagery and dense water truth collected within one hour of image acquisition to develop si...

  8. Reference Services.

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    Bunge, Charles A.

    1999-01-01

    Discusses library reference services. Topics include the historical development of reference services; instruction in library use, particularly in college and university libraries; guidance; information and referral services and how they differ from traditional question-answering service; and future concerns, including user fees and the planning…

  9. Reference Assessment

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    Bivens-Tatum, Wayne

    2006-01-01

    This article presents interesting articles that explore several different areas of reference assessment, including practical case studies and theoretical articles that address a range of issues such as librarian behavior, patron satisfaction, virtual reference, or evaluation design. They include: (1) "Evaluating the Quality of a Chat Service"…

  10. Reference Assessment

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    Bivens-Tatum, Wayne

    2006-01-01

    This article presents interesting articles that explore several different areas of reference assessment, including practical case studies and theoretical articles that address a range of issues such as librarian behavior, patron satisfaction, virtual reference, or evaluation design. They include: (1) "Evaluating the Quality of a Chat Service"…

  11. Reference Services.

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    Bunge, Charles A.

    1999-01-01

    Discusses library reference services. Topics include the historical development of reference services; instruction in library use, particularly in college and university libraries; guidance; information and referral services and how they differ from traditional question-answering service; and future concerns, including user fees and the planning…

  12. Reference Revolutions.

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    Mason, Marilyn Gell

    1998-01-01

    Describes developments in Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) electronic reference services. Presents a background on networked cataloging and the initial implementation of reference services by OCLC. Discusses the introduction of OCLC FirstSearch service, which today offers access to over 65 databases, future developments in integrated…

  13. Defining Mediterranean and Black Sea biogeochemical subprovinces and synthetic ocean indicators using mesoscale oceanographic features.

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    Nieblas, Anne-Elise; Drushka, Kyla; Reygondeau, Gabriel; Rossi, Vincent; Demarcq, Hervé; Dubroca, Laurent; Bonhommeau, Sylvain

    2014-01-01

    The Mediterranean and Black Seas are semi-enclosed basins characterized by high environmental variability and growing anthropogenic pressure. This has led to an increasing need for a bioregionalization of the oceanic environment at local and regional scales that can be used for managerial applications as a geographical reference. We aim to identify biogeochemical subprovinces within this domain, and develop synthetic indices of the key oceanographic dynamics of each subprovince to quantify baselines from which to assess variability and change. To do this, we compile a data set of 101 months (2002-2010) of a variety of both "classical" (i.e., sea surface temperature, surface chlorophyll-a, and bathymetry) and "mesoscale" (i.e., eddy kinetic energy, finite-size Lyapunov exponents, and surface frontal gradients) ocean features that we use to characterize the surface ocean variability. We employ a k-means clustering algorithm to objectively define biogeochemical subprovinces based on classical features, and, for the first time, on mesoscale features, and on a combination of both classical and mesoscale features. Principal components analysis is then performed on the oceanographic variables to define integrative indices to monitor the environmental changes within each resultant subprovince at monthly resolutions. Using both the classical and mesoscale features, we find five biogeochemical subprovinces for the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Interestingly, the use of mesoscale variables contributes highly in the delineation of the open ocean. The first axis of the principal component analysis is explained primarily by classical ocean features and the second axis is explained by mesoscale features. Biogeochemical subprovinces identified by the present study can be useful within the European management framework as an objective geographical framework of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and the synthetic ocean indicators developed here can be used to monitor variability and

  14. Defining Mediterranean and Black Sea Biogeochemical Subprovinces and Synthetic Ocean Indicators Using Mesoscale Oceanographic Features

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    Nieblas, Anne-Elise; Drushka, Kyla; Reygondeau, Gabriel; Rossi, Vincent; Demarcq, Hervé; Dubroca, Laurent; Bonhommeau, Sylvain

    2014-01-01

    The Mediterranean and Black Seas are semi-enclosed basins characterized by high environmental variability and growing anthropogenic pressure. This has led to an increasing need for a bioregionalization of the oceanic environment at local and regional scales that can be used for managerial applications as a geographical reference. We aim to identify biogeochemical subprovinces within this domain, and develop synthetic indices of the key oceanographic dynamics of each subprovince to quantify baselines from which to assess variability and change. To do this, we compile a data set of 101 months (2002–2010) of a variety of both “classical” (i.e., sea surface temperature, surface chlorophyll-a, and bathymetry) and “mesoscale” (i.e., eddy kinetic energy, finite-size Lyapunov exponents, and surface frontal gradients) ocean features that we use to characterize the surface ocean variability. We employ a k-means clustering algorithm to objectively define biogeochemical subprovinces based on classical features, and, for the first time, on mesoscale features, and on a combination of both classical and mesoscale features. Principal components analysis is then performed on the oceanographic variables to define integrative indices to monitor the environmental changes within each resultant subprovince at monthly resolutions. Using both the classical and mesoscale features, we find five biogeochemical subprovinces for the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Interestingly, the use of mesoscale variables contributes highly in the delineation of the open ocean. The first axis of the principal component analysis is explained primarily by classical ocean features and the second axis is explained by mesoscale features. Biogeochemical subprovinces identified by the present study can be useful within the European management framework as an objective geographical framework of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and the synthetic ocean indicators developed here can be used to monitor

  15. Chemical Search Reference Tools.

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    Kremin, Michael

    1979-01-01

    Presents an annotated bibliography of ten reference books that should aid a chemical data base searcher in defining his subject and in using the correct terminology. The books were chosen on the basis of their utility, availability, coverage, and price. (JD)

  16. Phosphorus, nitrogen and chlorophyll-a are significant factors controlling ciliate communities in summer in the northern Beibu Gulf, South China Sea.

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    Wang, Yibo; Zhang, Wenjing; Lin, Yuanshao; Cao, Wenqing; Zheng, Lianming; Yang, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Ciliates (protozoa) are ubiquitous components of plankton community and play important roles in aquatic ecosystems in regards of their abundance, biomass, diversity and energy turnover. Based on the stratified samples collected from the northern Beibu Gulf in August 2011, species composition, abundance, biomass, diversity and spatial pattern of planktonic ciliates were studied. Furthermore the main environmental factors controlling ciliate communities were determined. A total of 101 species belonging to 44 genera and 7 orders (i.e., Oligotrichida, Haptorida, Euplotida, Sessilida, Pleurostomatida, Scuticociliatida and Tintinnida) were identified. The variation of ciliate communities was significant at horizontal level, but that was not at vertical level. Based on cluster analysis, ciliate communities were divided into three main groups. Redundancy analysis (RDA) revealed that Group A, existing in the waters with higher concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen, was dominated by Tintinnidium primitivum. Group B in the waters with lower temperature and chlorophyll-a concentration, was dominated by Leegaardiella ovalis. Group C, existing in the waters with higher temperature and chlorophyll-a concentration, was dominated by large Strombidium spp. and Mesodinium rubrum. Combining multiple analytic methods, our results strongly supported that phosphorus, nitrogen and chlorophyll-a were the most significant factors affecting the ciliate communities in the northern Beibu Gulf in summer. Concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen primarily influenced ciliate biomass, implying a potential impact of eutrophication on ciliate growth. The correlation with chlorophyll-a concentration, on one hand indicate the response of ciliates to the food availability, and on the other hand, the ciliates containing chloroplasts or endosymbionts may contribute greatly to the chlorophyll-a.

  17. Relationship between the Fluorescence Lifetime of Chlorophyll 'a' and Primary Productivity within the Mississippi River Plume and Adjacent Shelf Region

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    Hall, Callie; Miller, Richard L.; Fernandez, Salvador M.; McKee, Brent A.

    2000-01-01

    In situ measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence intensity have been widely used to estimate phytoplankton biomass. However, because the fluorescence quantum yield of chlorophyll a in vivo can be highly variable, measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence intensity cannot be directly correlated with phytoplankton biomass and do not provide information on the physiological state of the phytoplankton under study. Conversely, lifetime-based measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence provide a framework in which photosynthetic rates of phytoplankton can be analyzed according to phytoplankton physiology. Along with the measurement of primary production and ambient nutrient concentrations within the Mississippi River plume in the northern Gulf of Mexico, phytoplankton fluorescence lifetimes were measured using a Fluorescence Lifetime Phytoplankton Analyzer (developed under a NASA Small Business Innovative Research contract to Ciencia, Inc.). Variability of fluorescence lifetimes within the plume can be used as a background from which to interpret variations in the maximum quantum yield of photochemistry. The extent to which nutrient and effluent loading in this dynamic coastal area affect the photosynthetic performance of phytoplankton will be presented as a function of phytoplankton fluorescence lifetimes.

  18. Freshwater phytoplankton quantification by chlorophyll a: a comparative study of in vitro, in vivo and in situ methods.

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    Gregor, J; Marsálek, B

    2004-02-01

    Standard ISO method for chlorophyll a quantification (extraction into ethanol, spectrophotometrical quantification at 665 and 750 nm), spectrofluorometry (reader for 96 wells, excitation 410 nm, emission 670 nm), and a submersible fluorescence probe for in situ phytoplankton quantification (excitation 410, 525, 570, 590, and 610 nm, emission 685 nm) were compared in different freshwater environments-reservoirs and rivers. The ISO method is accepted as a standard method but requires sample handling and transport to the laboratory. Spectrofluorometry is a sensitive method, even for natural phytoplankton populations. Nevertheless, it cannot be recommended for the quantification of cyanobacterial water blooms because colonial and filamentous species such as Microcystis, Anabaena, or Aphanizomenon display unacceptable variability (18-33%). The submersible probe featured high correlation with a standard ISO method (r=0.97, P<0.05). This probe can provide the selective measurement of technologically important phytoplankton groups like cyanobacteria, diatoms, green algae, and cryptophytes in lake vertical profiles of up to 100 m. The limitation of this instrument is the possible reabsorption of the light signal, e.g. in the presence of humic substances, or dense algal blooms. The use of submersible probes for in situ phytoplankton quantification can be recommended as a sensitive tool for water management, especially in the case of drinking water resources.

  19. Estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in case II waters using MODIS and MERIS data—successes and challenges

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    Moses, W. J.; Gitelson, A. A.; Berdnikov, S.; Povazhnyy, V.

    2009-10-01

    We present and discuss here the results of our work using MODIS (moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer) and MERIS (medium resolution imaging spectrometer) satellite data to estimate the concentration of chlorophyll- a (chl-a) in reservoirs of the Dnieper River and the Sea of Azov, which are typical case II waters, i.e., turbid and productive. Our objective was to test the potential of satellite remote sensing as a tool for near-real-time monitoring of chl- a distribution in these water bodies. We tested the performance of a recently developed three-band model, and its special case, a two-band model, which use the reflectance at red and near-infrared wavelengths for the retrieval of chl- a concentration. The higher spatial resolution and the availability of a spectral band at around 708 nm with the MERIS data offered great promise for these models. We compared results from several different atmospheric correction procedures available for MODIS and MERIS data. No one particular procedure was consistently and systematically better than the rest. Nevertheless, even in the absence of a perfect atmospheric correction procedure, both the three-band and the two-band models showed promising results when compared with in situ chl- a measurements. The challenges and limitations involved in satellite remote monitoring of the chl- a distribution in turbid productive waters are discussed.

  20. Leaf gas exchange and chlorophyll a fluorescence in wheat plants supplied with silicon and infected with Pyricularia oryzae.

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    Perez, Carlos Eduardo Aucique; Rodrigues, Fabrício Ávila; Moreira, Wiler Ribas; DaMatta, Fábio Murilo

    2014-02-01

    This study investigated the effect of silicon (Si) on the photosynthetic gas exchange parameters (net CO2 assimilation rate [A], stomatal conductance to water vapor [gs], internal CO2 concentration [Ci], and transpiration rate [E]) and chlorophyll fluorescence a parameters (maximum quantum quenching [Fv/Fm and Fv'/Fm'], photochemical [qP] and nonphotochemical [NPQ] quenching coefficients, and electron transport rate [ETR]) in wheat plants grown in a nutrient solution containing 0 mM (-Si) or 2 mM (+Si) Si and noninoculated or inoculated with Pyricularia oryzae. Blast severity decreased due to higher foliar Si concentration. For the inoculated +Si plants, A, gs, and E were significantly higher in contrast to the inoculated -Si plants. For the inoculated +Si plants, significant differences of Fv/Fm between the -Si and +Si plants occurred at 48, 96, and 120 h after inoculation (hai) and at 72, 96, and 120 hai for Fv'/Fm'. The Fv/Fm and Fv'/Fm', in addition to total chlorophyll concentration (a + b) and the chlorophyll a/b ratio, significantly decreased in the -Si plants compared with the +Si plants. Significant differences between the -Si and +Si inoculated plants occurred for qP, NPQ, and ETR. The supply of Si contributed to decrease blast severity in addition to improving gas exchange performance and causing less dysfunction at the photochemical level.

  1. Four-wave-mixing spectroscopy of peridinin in solution and in the peridinin-chlorophyll- a protein

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    Christensson, Niklas; Chábera, Pavel; Hiller, Roger G.; Pullerits, Tõnu; Polívka, Tomáš

    2010-07-01

    A model for the third order optical response of carotenoids is used to analyse transient grating and pump-probe data of peridinin in solution and bound in the peridinin-chlorophyll protein (PCP). For peridinin in solution, the transient grating signal detected at 505 nm exhibits a bi-exponential recovery whose fast phase is assigned to relaxation from the S 2 state that has a lifetime of 75 ± 25 fs. The slower, solvent-dependent rise component is assigned to equilibration of the (S 1/ICT) state, taking place on a time scale of 0.6 and ˜2.5 ps in acetontrile and benzene, respectively. These dynamics match those obtained from pump-probe measured in the spectral region of the ICT state, implying that the ICT state contributes to the signal at 505 nm. In PCP, the transient grating signal shows distinctly different kinetics, and the signal shows no recovery. This difference is explained by energy transfer from peridinin to chlorophyll- a.

  2. Wet Season Upwelling and Dry Season Chlorophyll-a Describe Interannual Growth Rates of Porites in Southern China

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    Yang, Teng Teng; Goodkin, Nathalie Fairbank

    2014-01-01

    Southern China hosts coral communities in marginal environments that are characterized by low linear extension rates, low coral cover and/or no reef formation, thus providing natural laboratories to study coral communities with below average growth rates. Here we compare the annual linear extension rates over 10 years (range 1.2 to 11.4 mm yr−1) of six Porites sp. coral cores collected from Hong Kong with monthly hydrographic data from the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department. At all sites, low-density, dry season extension were more variable than high-density, wet season extension and on average, was lower at two of the three sites. We applied multi-variate linear regressions that revealed high-density, wet season band extension to inversely correlate most significantly to temperature (r = −0.39, p<0.01). In contrast, low-density, dry season band extension was more variable and correlated most significantly with dry season chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) (r = 0.64, p<0.001). Additionally, we find that corals at the site with highest dry season Chl-a have the highest dry season extension lengths. Our findings indicate that relative mixing of fresh and salt water in the wet season and primary productivity in the dry season, and their influences on aragonite saturation, are likely to impact interannual coral extension variability in marginal environments. PMID:24901939

  3. Relationship between the Fluorescence Lifetime of Chlorophyll 'a' and Primary Productivity within the Mississippi River Plume and Adjacent Shelf Region

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    Hall, Callie; Miller, Richard L.; Fernandez, Salvador M.; McKee, Brent A.

    2000-01-01

    In situ measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence intensity have been widely used to estimate phytoplankton biomass. However, because the fluorescence quantum yield of chlorophyll a in vivo can be highly variable, measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence intensity cannot be directly correlated with phytoplankton biomass and do not provide information on the physiological state of the phytoplankton under study. Conversely, lifetime-based measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence provide a framework in which photosynthetic rates of phytoplankton can be analyzed according to phytoplankton physiology. Along with the measurement of primary production and ambient nutrient concentrations within the Mississippi River plume in the northern Gulf of Mexico, phytoplankton fluorescence lifetimes were measured using a Fluorescence Lifetime Phytoplankton Analyzer (developed under a NASA Small Business Innovative Research contract to Ciencia, Inc.). Variability of fluorescence lifetimes within the plume can be used as a background from which to interpret variations in the maximum quantum yield of photochemistry. The extent to which nutrient and effluent loading in this dynamic coastal area affect the photosynthetic performance of phytoplankton will be presented as a function of phytoplankton fluorescence lifetimes.

  4. Cumulative effect of zinc oxide and titanium oxide nanoparticles on growth and chlorophyll a content of Picochlorum sp.

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    Hazeem, Layla J; Bououdina, Mohammed; Rashdan, Suad; Brunet, Loïc; Slomianny, Christian; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2016-02-01

    The use of nanoparticles (NPs) is of increasing significance due to their large potential for various applications. Great attention should be paid on the possible impacts of nanoparticles on the environment as large amounts of them may reach the environment by accident or voluntarily. Marine algae are potential organisms for usage in nanopollution bioremediation in aquatic system, because of their ability to adapt to long exposure to NPs. Thus, it is of prime importance to study the possible interactions of different NPs with microalgae in assessing their potential environmental risks. Most studies on potential environmental effects of ZnO and TiO2 NPs have been performed independently and following the widely accepted, standardized test systems, which had been developed for the characterization of chemicals. In this study, we have examined the cumulative effect of ZnO and TiO2 NPs on Picochlorum sp. in addition to the individual effects of these NPs over 32 days. Our results indicate that the toxicity and availability of NPs to marine algae are reduced by their aggregation and sedimentation. NPs are found to have a negative effect on algal growth and chlorophyll a concentration during the early growth stages. In contrast, the case is reversed during the late growth stages. There is no significant difference between the effect of the NPs when they are used separately and when both ZnO and TiO2 are used together in the test (P > 0.05).

  5. A model of chlorophyll a fluorescence induction kinetics with explicit description of structural constraints of individual photosystem II units.

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    Xin, Chang-Peng; Yang, Jin; Zhu, Xin-Guang

    2013-11-01

    Chlorophyll a fluorescence induction (FI) kinetics, in the microseconds to the second range, reflects the overall performance of the photosynthetic apparatus. In this paper, we have developed a novel FI model, using a rule-based kinetic Monte Carlo method, which incorporates not only structural and kinetic information on PSII, but also a simplified photosystem I. This model has allowed us to successfully simulate the FI under normal or different treatment conditions, i.e., with different levels of measuring light, under 3-(3',4'-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea treatment, under 2,5-dibromo-3-methyl-6-isopropyl-p-benzoquinone treatment, and under methyl viologen treatment. Further, using this model, we have systematically studied the mechanistic basis and factors influencing the FI kinetics. The results of our simulations suggest that (1) the J step is caused by the two-electron gate at the Q B site; (2) the I step is caused by the rate limitation of the plastoquinol re-oxidation in the plastoquinone pool. This new model provides a framework for exploring impacts of modifying not only kinetic but also structural parameters on the FI kinetics.

  6. Effect of chirality on cellular uptake, imaging and photodynamic therapy of photosensitizers derived from chlorophyll-a.

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    Srivatsan, Avinash; Pera, Paula; Joshi, Penny; Wang, Yanfang; Missert, Joseph R; Tracy, Erin C; Tabaczynski, Walter A; Yao, Rutao; Sajjad, Munawwar; Baumann, Heinz; Pandey, Ravindra K

    2015-07-01

    We have previously shown that the (124)I-analog of methyl 3-(1'-m-iodobenzyloxy) ethyl-3-devinyl-pyropheophorbide-a derived as racemic mixture from chlorophyll-a can be used for PET (positron emission tomography)-imaging in animal tumor models. On the other hand, as a non-radioactive analog, it showed excellent fluorescence and photodynamic therapy (PDT) efficacy. Thus, a single agent in a mixture of radioactive ((124)I-) and non-radioactive ((127)I) material can be used for both dual-imaging and PDT of cancer. Before advancing to Phase I human clinical trials, we evaluated the activity of the individual isomers as well as the impact of a chiral center at position-3(1) in directing in vitro/in vivo cellular uptake, intracellular localization, epithelial tumor cell-specific retention, fluorescence/PET imaging, and photosensitizing ability. The results indicate that both isomers (racemates), either as methyl ester or carboxylic acid, were equally effective. However, the methyl ester analogs, due to subcellular deposition into vesicular structures, were preferentially retained. All derivatives containing carboxylic acid at the position-17(2) were noted to be substrate for the ABCG2 (a member of the ATP binding cassette transporters) protein explaining their low retention in lung tumor cells expressing this transporter. The compounds in which the chirality at position-3 has been substituted by a non-chiral functionality showed reduced cellular uptake, retention and lower PDT efficacy in mice bearing murine Colon26 tumors.

  7. Relationship between chlorophyll a concentration, light attenuation and diving depth of the Southern elephant seal Mirounga leonina.

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    Jaud, Thomas; Dragon, Anne-Cécile; Garcia, Jade Vacquie; Guinet, Christophe

    2012-01-01

    Recently, a number of Antarctic marine environmental studies have used oceanographic parameters collected from instrumented top predators for ecological and physical information. Phytoplankton concentration is generally quantified through active measurement of chlorophyll fluorescence. In this study, light absorption coefficient (K(0.75)) was used as an indicator of phytoplankton concentration. This measurement, easy to obtain and requiring low electric power, allows for assessing of the fine scale horizontal structuring of phytoplankton. As part of this study, Southern elephant seals (SES) were simultaneously equipped with a fluorometer and a light logger. Along the SES tracks, variations in K(0.75) were strongly correlated with chlorophyll, a concentration measured by the fluorometer within the euphotic layer. With regards to SES foraging behaviour, bottom depth of the seal's dive was highly dependent on light intensity at 150 m, indicating that the vertical distribution of SES's prey such as myctophids is tightly related to light level. Therefore, change in phytoplankton concentration may not only have a direct effect on SES's prey abundance but may also determine their vertical accessibility with likely consequences on SES foraging efficiency.

  8. Chlorophyll a and NADPH fluorescence lifetimes in the microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis (Chlorophyceae) under normal and astaxanthin-accumulating conditions.

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    Kristoffersen, Arne S; Svensen, Øyvind; Ssebiyonga, Nicolausi; Erga, Svein R; Stamnes, Jakob J; Frette, Øyvind

    2012-10-01

    In vivo fluorescence lifetimes of chlorophyll-a (chl-a) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) were obtained from the green microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis under normal and nutrient-stressed conditions (green stage and red stage, respectively), using two-photon excitation provided by a laser generating pulses in the femtosecond range, and a Leica microscope setup. Analysis of the fluorescence lifetime decay curve revealed two separate lifetime components in all our measurements. A short-lifetime component for chl-a of ~250 ps was completely dominant, contributing more than 90% of overall intensity in both green-stage and red-stage cells. Green-stage cells inhibited by 3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethyl-urea (DCMU) displayed a significant chl-a lifetime increase for the short component. However, this was not the case for red-stage cells, in which DCMU inhibition did not significantly affect the lifetime. For green-stage cells, we found a short NADPH (free) lifetime component at ~150 ps to be completely dominating, but for red-stage cells, a longer component (protein bound) at ~3 ns contributed as much as 35% of the total intensity. We hypothesize that the long lifetime component of NADPH is connected to photoprotection in the cells and coupled to production of astaxanthin. DCMU does not seem to affect the fluorescence lifetimes of NADPH.

  9. Chlorophyll a Simulation in a Lake Ecosystem Using a Model with Wavelet Analysis and Artificial Neural Network

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    Wang, Fei; Wang, Xuan; Chen, Bin; Zhao, Ying; Yang, Zhifeng

    2013-05-01

    Accurate and reliable forecasting is important for the sustainable management of ecosystems. Chlorophyll a (Chl a) simulation and forecasting can provide early warning information and enable managers to make appropriate decisions for protecting lake ecosystems. In this study, we proposed a method for Chl a simulation in a lake that coupled the wavelet analysis and the artificial neural networks (WA-ANN). The proposed method had the advantage of data preprocessing, which reduced noise and managed nonstationary data. Fourteen variables were included in the developed and validated model, relating to hydrologic, ecological and meteorologic time series data from January 2000 to December 2009 at the Lake Baiyangdian study area, North China. The performance of the proposed WA-ANN model for monthly Chl a simulation in the lake ecosystem was compared with a multiple stepwise linear regression (MSLR) model, an autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model and a regular ANN model. The results showed that the WA-ANN model was suitable for Chl a simulation providing a more accurate performance than the MSLR, ARIMA, and ANN models. We recommend that the proposed method be widely applied to further facilitate the development and implementation of lake ecosystem management.

  10. Chlorophyll a simulation in a lake ecosystem using a model with wavelet analysis and artificial neural network.

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    Wang, Fei; Wang, Xuan; Chen, Bin; Zhao, Ying; Yang, Zhifeng

    2013-05-01

    Accurate and reliable forecasting is important for the sustainable management of ecosystems. Chlorophyll a (Chl a) simulation and forecasting can provide early warning information and enable managers to make appropriate decisions for protecting lake ecosystems. In this study, we proposed a method for Chl a simulation in a lake that coupled the wavelet analysis and the artificial neural networks (WA-ANN). The proposed method had the advantage of data preprocessing, which reduced noise and managed nonstationary data. Fourteen variables were included in the developed and validated model, relating to hydrologic, ecological and meteorologic time series data from January 2000 to December 2009 at the Lake Baiyangdian study area, North China. The performance of the proposed WA-ANN model for monthly Chl a simulation in the lake ecosystem was compared with a multiple stepwise linear regression (MSLR) model, an autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model and a regular ANN model. The results showed that the WA-ANN model was suitable for Chl a simulation providing a more accurate performance than the MSLR, ARIMA, and ANN models. We recommend that the proposed method be widely applied to further facilitate the development and implementation of lake ecosystem management.

  11. Quantification of algal biofilms colonising building materials: chlorophyll a measured by PAM-fluorometry as a biomass parameter.

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    Eggert, A; Häubner, N; Klausch, S; Karsten, U; Schumann, R

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this study was to quantify algal colonisation on anthropogenic surfaces (viz. building facades and roof tiles) using chlorophyll a (chl a) as a specific biomarker. Chl a was estimated as the initial fluorescence F0 of 'dark adapted' algae using a pulse-modulated fluorometer (PAM-2000). Four isolates of aeroterrestrial green algae and one aquatic isolate were included in this study. The chl a concentration and F0 showed an exponential relationship in the tested range between 0 and 400 mg chl a m(-2). The relationship was linear at chl a concentrations <20 mg m(-2). Exponential and linear models are presented for the single isolates with large coefficients of determination (exponential: r2 > 0.94, linear: r2 > 0.92). The specific power of this fluorometric method is the detection of initial algal colonisation on surfaces in thin or young biofilms down to 3.5 mg chl a m(-2), which corresponds to an abundances of the investigated isolates between 0.2 and 1.5 million cells cm(-2).

  12. Empirical and semi-analytical chlorophyll a algorithms for multi-temporal monitoring of New Zealand lakes using Landsat.

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    Allan, Mathew G; Hamilton, David P; Hicks, Brendan; Brabyn, Lars

    2015-06-01

    The concentration of chlorophyll a (chl a; as a proxy for phytoplankton biomass) provides an indication of the water quality and ecosystem health of lakes. An automated image processing method for Landsat images was used to derive chl a concentrations in 12 Rotorua lakes of North Island, New Zealand, with widely varying trophic status. Semi-analytical and empirical models were used to process 137 Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+) images using records from 1999 to 2013. Atmospheric correction used radiative transfer modelling, with atmospheric conditions prescribed with Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Terra and AIRS data. The best-performing semi-analytical and empirical equations resulted in similar levels of variation explained (r (2) = 0.68 for both equations) and root-mean-square error (RMSE = 10.69 and 10.43 μg L(-1), respectively) between observed and estimated chl a. However, the symbolic regression algorithm performed better for chl a concentrations <5 μg L(-1). Our Landsat-based algorithms provide a valuable method for synoptic assessments of chl a across the 12 lakes in this region. They also provide a basis for assessing changes in chl a individual lakes through time. Our methods provide a basis for cost-effective hindcasting of lake trophic status at a regional scale, informing on spatial variability of chl a within and between lakes.

  13. Molecular cloning and characterization of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b gene from the pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan).

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    Qiao, Guang; Wen, Xiao-Peng; Zhang, Ting

    2015-12-01

    Light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-binding proteins (LHCB) have been implicated in the stress response. In this study, a gene encoding LHCB in the pigeon pea was cloned and characterized. Based on the sequence of a previously obtained 327 bp Est, a full-length 793 bp cDNA was cloned using the rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) method. It was designated CcLHCB1 and encoded a 262 amino acid protein. The calculated molecular weight of the CcLHCB1 protein was 27.89 kDa, and the theoretical isoelectric point was 5.29. Homology search and sequence multi-alignment demonstrated that the CcLHCB1 protein sequence shared a high identity with LHCB from other plants. Bioinformatics analysis revealed that CcLHCB1 was a hydrophobic protein with three transmembrane domains. By fluorescent quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), CcLHCB1 mRNA transcripts were detectable in different tissues (leaf, stem, and root), with the highest level found in the leaf. The expression of CcLHCB1 mRNA in the leaves was up-regulated by drought stimulation and AM inoculation. Our results provide the basis for a better understanding of the molecular organization of LCHB and might be useful for understanding the interaction between plants and microbes in the future.

  14. Chlorophyll a fluorescence induction (Kautsky curve) in a Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) leaf after mechanical trigger hair irritation.

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    Vredenberg, Wim; Pavlovič, Andrej

    2013-02-15

    This paper describes experiments on transient changes in chlorophyll a fluorescence in traps of the carnivorous plant Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) that occur in association with mechanical stimulation of trigger hairs and propagation of action potentials (APs). The experiments show the following reproducible effects of APs on the fluorescence induction (Kautsky-, or OJIPSMT curve) in a 100 s low intensity light pulse (i) no change in the OJ phase attributed to release of photochemical quenching, (ii) a small enhancement, if at all of increase in the thermal JIP phase, (iii) a two- to threefold deceleration of the fluorescence decline (quenching) during the PSMT phase in the 2-100 s time range, and (iv) a transient 15-50% increase in variable fluorescence within ~20 s under steady state light condition with, after ~80 s, a 10% undershoot that reverses in several tens of seconds to the original steady state. The results are discussed in terms of a hypothesis that the fluorescence decline during the SMT phase of the Kautsky induction curve, attributed to NPQ, is caused by the Δμ(H+)-driven increase in proton conductance of the CF(o) channel of the ATPase during its activation. A signal-transducing role of Ca(2+) is suggested.

  15. Comparison of oligomeric states and polypeptide compositions of fucoxanthin chlorophyll a/c-binding protein complexes among various diatom species.

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    Nagao, Ryo; Takahashi, Shuji; Suzuki, Takehiro; Dohmae, Naoshi; Nakazato, Katsuyoshi; Tomo, Tatsuya

    2013-11-01

    Fucoxanthin chlorophyll a/c-binding protein (FCP) is a unique light-harvesting apparatus in diatoms. Several biochemical characteristics of FCP oligomer and trimer from different diatom species have been reported previously. However, the integration of information about molecular organizations and polypeptides of FCP through a comparison among diatoms has not been published. In this study, we used two-dimensional clear-native/SDS-PAGE to compare the oligomeric states and polypeptide compositions of FCP complexes from four diatoms: Chaetoceros gracilis, Thalassiosira pseudonana, Cyclotella meneghiniana, and Phaeodactylum tricornutum. FCP oligomer was found in C. gracilis, T. pseudonana, and C. meneghiniana, but not in P. tricornutum. The oligomerization varied among the three diatoms, although a predominant subunit having similar molecular weight was recovered in each FCP oligomer. These results suggest that the predominant subunit is involved in the formation of high FCP oligomerization in each diatom. In contrast, FCP trimer was found in all the diatoms. The trimerizations were quite similar, whereas the polypeptide compositions were markedly different. On the basis of this information and that from mass spectrometric analyses, the gene products in each FCP complex were identified in T. pseudonana and P. tricornutum. Based on these results, we discuss the role of FCP oligomer and trimer from the four diatoms.

  16. [Control of chlorophyll a synthesis by phytochrome and cryptochrome in the red alga Corallina elongata Ellis et Soland].

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    López-Figueroa, F; Niell, F X

    1988-09-01

    Chlorophyll a synthesis in the red alga Corallina elongata is controlled by phytochrome and by a specific blue light photoreceptor. Although the estimated photoequilibrium of phytochrome is similar in blue and red light, the amount of chlorophyll accumulated is greater in blue light, which implies the action of cryptochrome, according to the criteria for the specific blue light photoreceptor involvement. The amount of chlorophyll synthesized is greater when the level of photoequilibrium approaches 65% (in blue and red light) than with higher levels (72.7% in white light and 70.8% in green light). The action of phytochrome is demonstrated by the induction of chlorophyll synthesis after red pulses and the reversion after far red pulses. The reversion is not complete but the percentage of reversibility is high (85-90%). The amount of chlorophyll accumulated is greater in darkness after the application of red light pulses than in white light after the same light pulses. The induction of chlorophyll synthesis is greater after red pulses than after continuous red light. The existence of a fast destruction of chlorophyll in continuous light is observed. This destruction is greater in the high photoequilibrium of phytochrome (70-72%). The turnover times and the induction mechanism of chlorophyll synthesis must be very fast. This indicates the existence of a possible rapid adaptation to the change in light quality and intensity in the marine system.

  17. Assessing remotely sensed chlorophyll-a for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in European perialpine lakes.

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    Bresciani, Mariano; Stroppiana, Daniela; Odermatt, Daniel; Morabito, Giuseppe; Giardino, Claudia

    2011-08-01

    The lakes of the European perialpine region constitute a large water reservoir, which is threatened by the anthropogenic pressure altering water quality. The Water Framework Directive of the European Commission aims to protect water resources and monitoring is seen as an essential step for achieving this goal. Remote sensing can provide frequent data for large scale studies of water quality parameters such as chlorophyll-a (chl-a). In this work we use a dataset of maps of chl-a derived from over 200 MERIS (MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer) satellite images for comparing water quality of 12 perialpine lakes in the period 2003-2009. Besides the different trophic levels of the lakes, results confirm that the seasonal variability of chl-a concentration is particularly pronounced during spring and autumn especially for the more eutrophic lakes. We show that relying on only one sample for the assessment of lake water quality during the season might lead to misleading results and erroneous assignments to quality classes. Time series MERIS data represents a suitable and cost-effective technology to fill this gap, depicting the dynamics of the surface waters of lakes in agreement with the evolution of natural phenomena. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Cadmium toxicity affects chlorophyll a and b content, antioxidant enzyme activities and mineral nutrient accumulation in strawberry.

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    Muradoglu, Ferhad; Gundogdu, Muttalip; Ercisli, Sezai; Encu, Tarik; Balta, Fikri; Jaafar, Hawa Z E; Zia-Ul-Haq, Muhammad

    2015-02-20

    Cadmium (Cd) is well known as one of the most toxic metals affecting the environment and can severely restrict plant growth and development. In this study, Cd toxicities were studied in strawberry cv. Camarosa using pot experiment. Chlorophyll and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents, catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbate peroxidase (APX) activities and mineral nutrient concentrations were investigated in both roots and leaves of strawberry plant after exposure Cd. Cd content in both roots and leaves was increased with the application of increasing concentrations of Cd. We found higher Cd concentration in roots rather than in leaves. Chlorophyll a and b was decreased in leaves but MDA significantly increased under increased Cd concentration treatments in both roots and leaves. SOD and CAT activities was also increased with the increase Cd concentrations. K, Mn and Mg concentrations were found higher in leaves than roots under Cd stress. In general, increased Cd treatments increased K, Mg, Fe, Ca, Cu and Zn concentration in both roots and leaves. Excessive Cd treatments reduced chlorophyll contents, increased antioxidant enzyme activities and changes in plant nutrition concentrations in both roots and leaves. The results presented in this work suggested that Cd treatments have negative effect on chlorophyll content and nearly decreased 30% of plant growth in strawberry. Strawberry roots accumulated higher Cd than leaves. We found that MDA and antioxidant enzyme (CAT, SOD and APX) contents may have considered a good indicator in determining Cd tolerance in strawberry plant.

  19. Two-dimensional structure of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b complex by cryoelectron microscopy

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    1988-01-01

    The light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b complex (LHC-II) found in green plants has at least three functions: it absorbs light energy for transfer to the reaction centers, it is involved in keeping the photosynthetic membranes stacked, and it regulates energy distribution between the two photosystems. We have developed a procedure to produce large vesicles consisting almost exclusively of two-dimensional crystalline domains of LHC-II in which LHC-II is biochemically and structurally intact, as shown by SDS-PAGE, response to cations, and 77K fluorescence excitation spectra. The vesicles were examined by cryoelectron microscopy and analyzed, in projection, to a resolution of 17 A. Their surface lattice consists of trimers arranged in interlocking circles; the two-sided plane group is p321 (unit cell dimension, a = 124 A) with two, oppositely facing trimers/unit cell. Individual trimers consist of matter arranged in a ring, around a central cavity, an appearance similar to that obtained in some conditions using negative stain (Li, J., 1985. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 82:386-390). The monomer (approximately 45 x 20 A) is seen as two domains of slightly different size at this resolution. The thickness of single layers is approximately 48 A, measured from edge-on views of the frozen vesicles. Based on these dimensions, the molecular mass of the monomer is approximately 30 kD. Therefore, each monomer appears to be composed of a single polypeptide and its associated pigments. PMID:2453515

  20. Relationship between Chlorophyll a Concentration, Light Attenuation and Diving Depth of the Southern Elephant Seal Mirounga leonina

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    Jaud, Thomas; Dragon, Anne-Cécile; Garcia, Jade Vacquie; Guinet, Christophe

    2012-01-01

    Recently, a number of Antarctic marine environmental studies have used oceanographic parameters collected from instrumented top predators for ecological and physical information. Phytoplankton concentration is generally quantified through active measurement of chlorophyll fluorescence. In this study, light absorption coefficient (K0.75) was used as an indicator of phytoplankton concentration. This measurement, easy to obtain and requiring low electric power, allows for assessing of the fine scale horizontal structuring of phytoplankton. As part of this study, Southern elephant seals (SES) were simultaneously equipped with a fluorometer and a light logger. Along the SES tracks, variations in K0.75 were strongly correlated with chlorophyll, a concentration measured by the fluorometer within the euphotic layer. With regards to SES foraging behaviour, bottom depth of the seal’s dive was highly dependent on light intensity at 150 m, indicating that the vertical distribution of SES’s prey such as myctophids is tightly related to light level. Therefore, change in phytoplankton concentration may not only have a direct effect on SES’s prey abundance but may also determine their vertical accessibility with likely consequences on SES foraging efficiency. PMID:23082166

  1. Chlorophyll-a Variability in the Southern Ocean Mixed Layer and Euphotic Zone From Elephant Seals and Profiling Floats

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    Carranza, M. M.; Gille, S. T.; Franks, P. J. S.; Johnson, K. S.; Girton, J. B.

    2015-12-01

    The Southern Ocean contains some of the ocean's deepest mixed layers. Because deep mixed layers can transport phytoplankton below the euphotic zone, light levels depend on mixed-layer depth (MLD), and phytoplankton growth is hypothesized to be co-limited by iron and light. Estimates of Chl-a fluorescence, particle backscattering and hydrographic profiles collected by southern elephant seals, EM-APEX, and biogeochemical Argo floats are used to evaluate the extent to which MLD influences phytoplankton bloom development and the vertical structure of chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) in the Southern Ocean. We find that surface Chl-a (i.e., mean Chl-a for the upper light penetration depth) is a relatively good proxy of phytoplankton biomass (i.e., depth-integrated Chl-a) within the euphotic zone but gives an inadequate representation of biomass within the mixed layer, particularly in the summer. Although nearly vertically homogeneous Chl-a within the mixed layer prevails in seasonal mean profiles, subsurface Chl-a maxima are not uncommon from spring through fall. Deep Chl-a maxima that correlate with particle backscattering in summer and fall are found near the base of the mixed layer, closer to the nutrient maximum than the light maximum, suggesting that nutrient limitation (i.e., essentially iron) can play a greater role than light limitation in governing productivity.

  2. Aggregation and fluorescence quenching of chlorophyll a of the light-harvesting complex II from spinach in vitro.

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    Kirchhoff, Helmut; Hinz, Hans-Jürgen; Rösgen, Jörg

    2003-09-30

    The salt-induced aggregation of the light-harvesting complex (LHC) II isolated from spinach and its correlation with fluorescence quenching of chlorophyll a is reported. Two transitions with distinctly different properties were observed. One transition related to salt-induced fluorescence quenching takes place at low salt concentration and is dependent both on temperature and detergent concentration. This transition seems to be related to a change in the lateral microorganization of LHCII. The second transition occurs at higher salt concentration and involves aggregation. It is independent of temperature and of detergent at sub-cmc concentrations. During the latter transition the small LHCII sheets (approximately 100 nm in diameter) are stacked to form larger aggregates of approximately 3 microm diameter. Based on the comparison between the physical properties of the transition and theoretical models, direct and specific binding of cations can practically be ruled out as driving force for the aggregation. It seems that in vitro aggregation of LHCII is caused by a complex mixture of different effects such as dielectric and electrostatic properties of the solution and surface charges.

  3. [Temporal and spatial distribution of environmental factors and chlorophyll-a and their correlation analysis in a small enclosed lake].

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    Li, Fei-Peng; Zhang, Hai-Ping; Chen, Ling

    2013-10-01

    About four year's field observation was conducted from July 2007 to September 2011, in a small enclosed eutrophic lake located in Qianwei Village, Chongming Island. The temporal and spatial distribution of environmental factors (including physical-chemical factors and hydrodynamic condition) and chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) were studied and their correlation was analyzed. Results indicated that there were significant differences in the spatial and temporal distribution of Chl-a in the lake. Significantly positive correlation was found between Chl-a and water temperature, turbidity, TN and TP. Water temperature and nutrients were the main limited factors of seasonal changes of phytoplankton. It could be the result of phytoplankton growth that caused the seasonal change of turbidity. It was found that hydrological changes were the primary factor affecting the spatial difference of Chl-a concentration. Lower average Chl-a concentration (35. 30 microg.L-1) was recorded in the north watercourse, in condition with higher wind driven flow velocity ranging from 0. 08 m.s- 1 to 0. 22 m.s -1. A strong negative correlation was found between Chl-a concentration and flow velocity. Higher average Chl-a concentration (53. 11 microg.L-1) was frequently found under flow conditions ranged from 0 m.s-1 to 0. 10 m.s-1. These findings indicated that increasing hydrodynamic condition would significantly inhibit the growth of phytoplankton and reduce the risk of algae blooming in summer in these eutrophic water bodies.

  4. Assessing the application of an airborne intensified multispectral video camera to measure chlorophyll a in three Florida estuaries

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    Dierberg, F.E.; Zaitzeff, J.

    1997-08-01

    After absolute and spectral calibration, an airborne intensified, multispectral video camera was field tested for water quality assessments over three Florida estuaries (Tampa Bay, Indian River Lagoon, and the St. Lucie River Estuary). Univariate regression analysis of upwelling spectral energy vs. ground-truthed uncorrected chlorophyll a (Chl a) for each estuary yielded lower coefficients of determination (R{sup 2}) with increasing concentrations of Gelbstoff within an estuary. More predictive relationships were established by adding true color as a second independent variable in a bivariate linear regression model. These regressions successfully explained most of the variation in upwelling light energy (R{sup 2}=0.94, 0.82 and 0.74 for the Tampa Bay, Indian River Lagoon, and St. Lucie estuaries, respectively). Ratioed wavelength bands within the 625-710 nm range produced the highest correlations with ground-truthed uncorrected Chl a, and were similar to those reported as being the most predictive for Chl a in Tennessee reservoirs. However, the ratioed wavebands producing the best predictive algorithms for Chl a differed among the three estuaries due to the effects of varying concentrations of Gelbstoff on upwelling spectral signatures, which precluded combining the data into a common data set for analysis.

  5. Macroorganization of Chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting complex in thylakoids and aggregates: information from circular differential scattering

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    Garab, G.; Faludi-Daniel, A.; Sutherland, J.C.; Hind, G.

    1988-04-05

    Circular dichroism (CD) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra were recorded for spinach thylakoids and for isolated, aggregated chlorophyll a/b light-harvesting pigment-protein complex, in random and magnetically aligned states of orientation at room and low temperatures. The shape and magnitude of the CD signal of most bands strongly depended on the orientation of the thylakoid membranes or the aggregated pigment-protein complex. In both thylakoids and aggregated light-harvesting complexes, however, the MCD spectra of the two different orientations were almost identical. Random and magnetically aligned samples exhibited anomalous, large CD signals outside the bands of pigment absorbance. Lack of similarity between the corresponding MCD and CD spectra showed that the large CD signals are not produced as a distortion of CD of absorbance by light scattering. Instead, these anomalous spectral features are believed to originate in differential selective scattering of circularly polarized light. The results lead to the conclusion that the light-harvesting pigment-protein complex in thylakoid grana forms a helical macroarray with dimensions commensurate with the wavelengths of the anomalous circular dichroism signals. A hypothesis is put forward suggesting a role for these macrodomains in granal organization.

  6. Partial purification of a spinach thylakoid protein kinase that can phosphorylate light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b proteins

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    Clark, R.D.; Hind, G.; Bennett, J.

    1985-01-01

    Protein phosphorylation in plant tissues is particularly marked in chloroplasts, protein kinase activity being associated with the outer envelope, the soluble stromal fraction, and the thylakoid membrane. Furthermore, thylakoid-bound activity probably includes several distinct kinases, as suggested by studies of divalent cation specificity and thermal lability carried out with intact thylakoids and by subfractionation of solubilized membranes. Illumination of thylakoids, particularly with red light, promotes the rapid and extensive phosphorylation of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b complex (LHCII) on a threonine residue near the amino terminus of the protein. This phosphorylation is thought to be involved in regulating the distribution of absorbed quanta between photosystems II and I and is modulated by the redox state of the thylakoid plastoquinone pool. Neither of the thylakoid kinases reported to date was capable of phosphorylating purified LHCII in vitro or of incorporating phosphate into threonyl residues of exogenous substrates, that some LHCII phosphorylation was catalyzed by a preliminary fraction led workers to suggest that at least one other kinase remained to be isolated. Here, the authors report the solubilization and partial purification of a protein kinase from spinach thylakoids that is capable of phosphorylating LHCII in vitro, and they show that the specific site of phosphorylation is very nearly the same as, if not identical with, the site phosphorylated in organello.

  7. Ready Reference.

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    Koltay, Emery

    1999-01-01

    Includes the following ready reference information: "Publishers' Toll-Free Telephone Numbers"; "How to Obtain an ISBN (International Standard Book Number)"; "How to Obtain an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number)"; and "How to Obtain an SAN (Standard Address Number)". (AEF)

  8. Defining needs, defining systems: a critical analysis.

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    Dill, A

    1993-08-01

    This article examines the model of need assessment commonly used in social service programs for older adults. Whereas this model defines need as an individual attribute, remediable through programmatic intervention, an alternative formulation suggests that organizational imperatives shape the definition of client need while obscuring their own role in the production of this information. A case study and historical analysis assess the roots of this process and its consequences for clients, staff, and aging programs.

  9. Evaluation of the Relationship Between Dissolved Organic Material, Chlorophyll-A and Algal Species in Lakes and Drinking Water Reservoirs Throughout the State of Colorado

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    Khan, A. L.; McKnight, D. M.

    2010-12-01

    Previous research has suggested that production of nonhumic DOM can be directly related to chlorophyll a concentrations. In recent years, increases in dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations in surface waters have been documented in many northern temperate regions and due to the underlying processes, the affects of increasing DOC on aquatic ecosystems and drinking water quality are not fully understood. In the Green Lakes Valley in the Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, yearly monitoring has shown that a pulse of terrestrially derived, aromatic humic DOM is transported into alpine and subalpine lakes during snowmelt. This pulse is characterized by a low fluorescence index (FI) and high specific ultraviolet absorbance (SUVA). Later in the summer, during the annual phytoplankton bloom, microbial sources contribute humic DOM with a high FI and low SUVA and the percentage of humic DOM decreases. Based on these results, we inferred that similar activity could be found in other alpine and sub-alpine lakes across the state of Colorado. The aim of this study was to expand upon the findings of the effects on DOM of chlorophyll a concentrations in the Green Lakes Valley to other lakes across the state of Colorado, as well as insight into seasonal trends which could give be expanded to potential impacts of climate change. We focused on the relationship between DOM and Algal biomass/speciation. Chlorophyll a, an indicator of algal biomass, was measured and algal species were identified using a Fluid Imaging Technologies FlowCam. Approximately 30 lakes were sampled during July and August, at the height of the expected seasonal algal bloom, and some lakes were sampled more frequently over the entire season in order to obtain a large range of chlorophyll a concentrations. These lakes/reservoirs were sampled biweekly from May through September 2010. Preliminary results showed that diatoms and cyanobacteria are the most abundant algal groups present. The DOC and Chl

  10. Ectoenzymatic activity and its relationship to chlorophyll- a and bacteria in the Gulf of Genoa (Ligurian Sea, NW Mediterranean)

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    Misic, Cristina; Fabiano, Mauro

    2006-05-01

    Three oceanographic campaigns were carried out in the Gulf of Genoa, Ligurian Sea (NW Mediterranean), during summer 2002 and spring and late autumn 2003, to study organic matter production (reflected in chlorophyll- a concentrations) and recycling (assessed by means of ectoenzymatic activity evaluations and bacterial abundance and biomass determinations) in the water column down to about 1000 m. The Liguro-Provençal frontal area is known to fertilise the surface waters of the central Ligurian Sea by the intrusion of intermediate waters that are rich in inorganic nutrients. This dynamic process increases the chlorophyll- a concentrations in the southern part of the Gulf (up to 0.57 μg l - 1 during spring and up to 0.59 μg l - 1 during summer at the deep chlorophyll maximum, placed between 50 and 70 m, ranging in the other sampling areas from 0.08 to 0.28 μg l - 1 and 0.12 to 0.25 μg l - 1 during spring and summer, respectively). Nevertheless, the autotrophic biomass is rarely higher than the bacterial one (the ratio between primary and bacterial biomass, integrated for the first 200 m, ranged from 0.9 to 1.5 in the southern stations and from 0.3 to 0.8 in the other stations during spring, and from 0.2 to 0.6 at all stations during the other seasons), confirming the relevant role of pico-heterotrophs and organic matter recycling. The transfer of organic matter to depth, driven by downwelling processes and particle sinking, enhances the recycling processes, as indicated by the increase in ectoenzymatic activity in the subsurface layers. A comparison with other studies of the open Ligurian Sea revealed higher proteolytic activities in the deeper layer of the southern zone of the Gulf of Genoa and at the canyon heads (the integration for the layer 200-1000 m showed values up to 3.2, 3.0 and 5.4 nmol l - 1 h - 1 for leucine aminopeptidase in spring, summer and autumn, respectively), with high per-bacterial cell values (on average the values ranged from 163 to 345

  11. A multi-band semi-analytical algorithm for estimating chlorophyll-a concentration in the Yellow River Estuary, China.

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    Chen, Jun; Quan, Wenting; Cui, Tingwei

    2015-01-01

    In this study, two sample semi-analytical algorithms and one new unified multi-band semi-analytical algorithm (UMSA) for estimating chlorophyll-a (Chla) concentration were constructed by specifying optimal wavelengths. The three sample semi-analytical algorithms, including the three-band semi-analytical algorithm (TSA), four-band semi-analytical algorithm (FSA), and UMSA algorithm, were calibrated and validated by the dataset collected in the Yellow River Estuary between September 1 and 10, 2009. By comparing of the accuracy of assessment of TSA, FSA, and UMSA algorithms, it was found that the UMSA algorithm had a superior performance in comparison with the two other algorithms, TSA and FSA. Using the UMSA algorithm in retrieving Chla concentration in the Yellow River Estuary decreased by 25.54% NRMSE (normalized root mean square error) when compared with the FSA algorithm, and 29.66% NRMSE in comparison with the TSA algorithm. These are very significant improvements upon previous methods. Additionally, the study revealed that the TSA and FSA algorithms are merely more specific forms of the UMSA algorithm. Owing to the special form of the UMSA algorithm, if the same bands were used for both the TSA and UMSA algorithms or FSA and UMSA algorithms, the UMSA algorithm would theoretically produce superior results in comparison with the TSA and FSA algorithms. Thus, good results may also be produced if the UMSA algorithm were to be applied for predicting Chla concentration for datasets of Gitelson et al. (2008) and Le et al. (2009).

  12. Rapid transcriptional regulation by phytochrome of the genes for phytochrome and chlorophyll a/b-binding protein in Avena sativa.

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    Lissemore, J L; Quail, P H

    1988-01-01

    We have examined phytochrome-regulated transcription of phytochrome (phy) and chlorophyll a/b binding protein (cab) genes in dark-grown Avena seedlings by using run-on transcription in isolated nuclei. Kinetic analysis of phy transcription following pulse-light treatments to produce various amounts of Pfr, the active form of phytochrome, leads to these conclusions. (i) Transcription decreases rapidly (discernible within 5 min) after Pfr formation, reaching an essentially undetectable level by 1 h. (ii) The response is very sensitive; less than 1% Pfr is sufficient to produce maximum feedback repression over the first 30 min. (iii) The duration of transcriptional repression is proportional to the Pfr concentration; derepression begins once the concentration falls below some saturation level because of degradation of Pfr. Concurrent analysis of cab transcription leads to these conclusions. (i) After Pfr formation, transcription increases approximately 10-fold by 3 h, but this response is not detectable until after a 30-min lag. (ii) Detectable induction of cab requires a greater than 30-fold-higher Pfr level than is needed to repress phy expression. (iii) Transcription returns to the preirradiation level considerably sooner than does phy transcription (less than 12 h versus greater than 24 h respectively), indicating that a high level of Pfr is needed to sustain the increased transcription of cab. Taken together, these results suggest that differences in the phytochrome signal transduction pathway are responsible for the distinct patterns of regulation of these genes. Full repression of phy occurs even when protein synthesis is inhibited greater than 90% by cycloheximide and chloramphenicol. In conjunction with the rapidity of the response to Pfr, this result provides evidence that feedback repression of phy gene transcription does not require expression of an intervening regulatory gene(s). Thus, phy is the first gene for which there is evidence for direct control

  13. Femtosecond Nonlinear Optical Studies of Radiationless Decay in Carotenoids and in the Peridinin-Chlorophyll a Protein

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    Roscioli, Jerome D.; Ghosh, Soumen; Bishop, Michael M.; Beck, Warren F.; Frank, Harry A.

    2014-06-01

    Femtosecond transient-grating spectroscopy with optical heterodyne detection was employed to observe separately the time evolution of the absorption and dispersion components of the third-order nonlinear optical signal following resonant excitation of the S_2 (^1B_u^+) states of β-carotene in benzonitrile and peridinin in methanol using 40-fs pulses centered at 520 nm. The absorption and dispersion components exhibit distinctively different time profiles owing to the population of intermediate states. An initial intermediate state is populated on an ultrashort (<30 fs) time scale in both carotenoids. Owing to the fast red-shifting of the stimulated emission part of the S_2-state transient grating signal, we suggest that the intermediate state arises from vibrational displacements on the S_2-state potential surface that eventually yield twisted or bent conformations. Motions of the molecule of this type in the S_2-state would contribute to a mixing of the diabatic S_2 and S_1 electronic states and would promote the formation of intramolecular charge-transfer character. Both of these effects would enhance the efficiency of energy transfer from the S_1 state to the (B)Chl Q_y state in photosynthetic light-harvesting proteins. The time-resolved transient-grating spectra obtained for peridinin in the peridinin-chlorophyll a protein from Amphidinium carterae suggest a more rapid formation of the intermediate than for peridinin in methanol. This finding suggests that the conformation of the peridinin chromophore is controlled in the binding site to optimize the formation of the twisted intermediate upon excitation of the S_2 state. (Supported by grant DE-SC0010847 from the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Photosynthetic Systems program.)

  14. Generating a Long-Term Series of SST and Chlorophyll-A for the Coast of Ireland

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    Casal, G.; Furey, T.; Dabrowski, T.; Nolan, G.

    2015-04-01

    The use of remote sensing has increased greatly in recent years due to technological advances and its advantages in comparison with traditional methods. In the case of Ireland however the use of these techniques is not well established and only 17% of remote sensing studies are related to marine and coastal environments. As a first step, and taking into account that fisheries and aquaculture plays an important economic and social role in Ireland, a database of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) relating to the ICES fisheries management areas is being generated. Up to now three different products have been produced. These products correspond to the annual SST Climatology and annual SST Anomalies from 1982 to 2014, as well as the annual Chl-a Climatology taking into account the different life span of CZCS (1982-1986), SeaWIFS (1997-2010), MERIS (2002-2012) and MODIS-Aqua (2002-2014). Initially, the Chl-a Climatology was produced for each sensor individually while the creation of a continuous Chl-a series will be investigated in the future. Analysing the SST trends highlighted an increasing trend in SST values in Irish waters, a trend which was more pronounced in the northern areas (+0.54 °C in the last 10 years). Although there are differences between sensors, Chl-a concentration seems to present higher values in the Celtic Sea since 2009. Analysing the ICES Divisions individually highlighted that coastal areas presented the highest Chl-a concentrations, involving a clear differentiation in the optical properties of coastal and oceanic waters.

  15. Tree diversity affects chlorophyll a fluorescence and other leaf traits of tree species in a boreal forest.

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    Pollastrini, Martina; Nogales, Ana Garcia; Benavides, Raquel; Bonal, Damien; Finer, Leena; Fotelli, Mariangela; Gessler, Arthur; Grossiord, Charlotte; Radoglou, Kalliopi; Strasser, Reto J; Bussotti, Filippo

    2017-01-18

    An assemblage of tree species with different crown properties creates heterogeneous environments at the canopy level. Changes of functional leaf traits are expected, especially those related to light interception and photosynthesis. Chlorophyll a fluorescence (ChlF) properties in dark-adapted leaves, specific leaf area, leaf nitrogen content (N) and carbon isotope composition (δ(13)C) were measured on Picea abies (L.) H.Karst., Pinus sylvestris L. and Betula pendula Roth. in monospecific and mixed boreal forests in Europe, in order to test whether they were affected by stand species richness and composition. Photosynthetic efficiency, assessed by induced emission of leaf ChlF, was positively influenced in B. pendula by species richness, whereas P. abies showed higher photosynthetic efficiency in monospecific stands. Pinus sylvestris had different responses when it coexisted with P. abies or B. pendula The presence of B. pendula, but not of P. abies, in the forest had a positive effect on the efficiency of photosynthetic electron transport and N in P. sylvestris needles, and the photosynthetic responses were positively correlated with an increase of leaf δ(13)C. These effects on P. sylvestris may be related to high light availability at the canopy level due to the less dense canopy of B. pendula The different light requirements of coexisting species was the most important factor affecting the distribution of foliage in the canopy, driving the physiological responses of the mixed species. Future research directions claim to enhance the informative potential of the methods to analyse the responses of pure and mixed forests to environmental factors, including a broader set of plant species' functional traits and physiological responses.

  16. Novel analyses of long-term data provide a scientific basis for chlorophyll-a thresholds in San Francisco Bay

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    Sutula, Martha; Kudela, Raphael; Hagy, James D.; Harding, Lawrence W.; Senn, David; Cloern, James E.; Bricker, Suzanne; Berg, Gry Mine; Beck, Marcus

    2017-10-01

    San Francisco Bay (SFB), USA, is highly enriched in nitrogen and phosphorus, but has been resistant to the classic symptoms of eutrophication associated with over-production of phytoplankton. Observations in recent years suggest that this resistance may be weakening, shown by: significant increases of chlorophyll-a (chl-a) and decreases of dissolved oxygen (DO), common occurrences of phytoplankton taxa that can form Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), and algal toxins in water and mussels reaching levels of concern. As a result, managers now ask: what levels of chl-a in SFB constitute tipping points of phytoplankton biomass beyond which water quality will become degraded, requiring significant nutrient reductions to avoid impairments? We analyzed data for DO, phytoplankton species composition, chl-a, and algal toxins to derive quantitative relationships between three indicators (HAB abundance, toxin concentrations, DO) and chl-a. Quantile regressions relating HAB abundance and DO to chl-a were significant, indicating SFB is at increased risk of adverse HAB and low DO levels if chl-a continues to increase. Conditional probability analysis (CPA) showed chl-a of 13 mg m-3 as a "protective" threshold below which probabilities for exceeding alert levels for HAB abundance and toxins were reduced. This threshold was similar to chl-a of 13-16 mg m-3 that would meet a SFB-wide 80% saturation Water Quality Criterion (WQC) for DO. Higher "at risk" chl-a thresholds from 25 to 40 mg m-3 corresponded to 0.5 probability of exceeding alert levels for HAB abundance, and for DO below a WQC of 5.0 mg L-1 designated for lower South Bay (LSB) and South Bay (SB). We submit these thresholds as a basis to assess eutrophication status of SFB and to inform nutrient management actions. This approach is transferrable to other estuaries to derive chl-a thresholds protective against eutrophication.

  17. Identification of nutrient deficiency in maize and tomato plants by in vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence measurements.

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    Kalaji, Hazem M; Oukarroum, Abdallah; Alexandrov, Vladimir; Kouzmanova, Margarita; Brestic, Marian; Zivcak, Marek; Samborska, Izabela A; Cetner, Magdalena D; Allakhverdiev, Suleyman I; Goltsev, Vasilij

    2014-08-01

    The impact of some macro (Ca, S, Mg, K, N, P) and micro (Fe) nutrients deficiency on the functioning of the photosynthetic machinery in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) and maize (Zea mays L.) plants grown in hydroponic cultures were investigated. Plants grown on a complete nutrient solution (control) were compared with those grown in a medium, which lacked one of macro- or microelements. The physiological state of the photosynthetic machinery in vivo was analysed after 14-days of deficient condition by the parameters of JIP-test based on fast chlorophyll a fluorescence records. In most of the nutrient-deficient samples, the decrease of photochemical efficiency, increase in non-photochemical dissipation and decrease of the number of active photosystem II (PSII) reaction centres were observed. However, lack of individual nutrients also had nutrient-specific effects on the photochemical processes. In Mg and Ca-deficient plants, the most severe decrease in electron donation by oxygen evolving complex (OEC) was indicated. Sulphur deficiency caused limitation of electron transport beyond PSI, probably due to decrease in the PSI content or activity of PSI electron acceptors; in contrary, Ca deficiency had an opposite effect, where the PSII activity was affected much more than PSI. Despite the fact that clear differences in nutrient deficiency responses between tomato and maize plants were observed, our results indicate that some of presented fluorescence parameters could be used as fluorescence phenotype markers. The principal component analysis of selected JIP-test parameters was presented as a possible species-specific approach to identify/predict the nutrient deficiency using the fast chlorophyll fluorescence records.

  18. Comparison of different semi-empirical algorithms to estimate chlorophyll-a concentration in inland lake water.

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    Duan, Hongtao; Ma, Ronghua; Xu, Jingping; Zhang, Yuanzhi; Zhang, Bai

    2010-11-01

    Based on in situ water sampling and field spectral measurement from June to September 2004 in Lake Chagan, a comparison of several existing semi-empirical algorithms to determine chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) content was made by applying them to the field spectra and in situ chlorophyll measurements. Results indicated that the first derivative of reflectance was well correlated with Chl-a. The highest correlation between the first derivative and Chl-a was at 680 nm. The two-band model, NIR/red ratio of R710/670, was also an effective predictor of Chl-a concentration. Since the two-band ratios model is a special case of the three-band model developed recently, three-band model in Lake Chagan showed a higher resolution. The new algorithm named reverse continuum removal relies on the reflectance peak at 700 nm whose shape and position depend strongly upon chlorophyll concentration: The depth and area of the peak above a baseline showed a linear relationship to Chl-a concentration. All of the algorithms mentioned proved to be of value and can be used to predict Chl-a concentration. Best results were obtained by using the algorithms of the first derivative, which yielded R2 around 0.74 and RMSE around 6.39 μg/l. The two-band and three-band algorithms were further applied to MERIS when filed spectral were resampled with regard to their center wavelengths. Both algorithms showed an adequate precision, and the differences on the outcome were small with R2=0.70 and 0.71.

  19. The effects of chlorophyll-a and SST in the South China Sea area by typhoon near last decade

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    Fu, Dongyang; Pan, Delu; Mao, Zhihua; Ding, Youzhuan; Chen, Jianyu

    2009-09-01

    Based on satellite remote sensing to study the effects of ocean color and Sea Surface Temperature (SST) is the leading method at present. From 2000 to 2008, there were about 70 times storms or typhoons passed over the South China Sea Area (108-120°E, 14-24°N). In this article, authors used SeaWiFS, MODIS and serials of NOAA satellite data to statistic analysis the effects of chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) and SST in the study area caused by tropic storms and typhoons near last decade and found: firstly, the Ekman Pumping Velocity (EPV) was up-to 1.4x10-3 m s-1 by typhoon CHAUCHU in 2006, and was more ten times than that without typhoon. It pumped the nutrients to the euphotic zone and improved the increment of Chl-a concentration with the rate of 58.33%. and this typhoon caused the maximum decrease of SST was up to 7°C. At the same time, the average increment of Chl-a in the whole study area was about 21.13% but the decrease rate of SST was 6.36% by 16 typhoons. From the results of statistic analysis we found out that the isopycnal displacement of the seasonal thermocline explains 53% and the weight of the typhoon explains 55% of the variance of Chl-a by typhoons; In addition, the maximum amplitude of the increment of Chl-a in the study area was near to the east of Vietnam, it was up to 53%. But near the pear river estuary area with high Suspended Sand Concentration (SSC) the chl-a density decreased after typhoon and the descent rate of Chl-a was about 35%.

  20. Estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration in estuarine waters: case study of the Pearl River estuary, South China Sea

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    Zhang, Yuanzhi; Lin, Hui; Chen, Chuqun; Chen, Liding; Zhang, Bing; Gitelson, Anatoly A.

    2011-04-01

    The objective of this work is to estimate chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentration in the Pearl River estuary in China. To test the performance of algorithms for the estimation of the chl-a concentration in these productive turbid waters, the maximum band ratio (MBR) and near-infrared-red (NIR-red) models are used in this study. Specific focus is placed on (a) comparing the ability of the models to estimate chl-a in the range 1-12 mg m - 3, which is typical for coastal and estuarine waters, and (b) assessing the potential of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) and Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) to estimate chl-a concentrations. Reflectance spectra and water samples were collected at 13 stations with chl-a ranging from 0.83 to 11.8 mg m - 3 and total suspended matter from 9.9 to 21.5 g m - 3. A close relationship was found between chl-a concentration and total suspended matter concentration with the determining coefficient (R2) above 0.89. The MBR calculated in the spectral bands of MODIS proved to be a good proxy for chl-a concentration (R2 > 0.93). On the other hand, both the NIR-red three-band model, with wavebands around 665, 700, and 730 nm, and the NIR-red two-band model (with bands around 665 and 700 nm) explained more than 95% of the chl-a variation, and we were able to estimate chl-a concentrations with a root mean square error below 1 mg m - 3. The two- and three-band NIR-red models with MERIS spectral bands accounted for 93% of the chl-a variation. These findings imply that the extensive database of MODIS and MERIS images could be used to quantitatively monitor chl-a in the Pearl River estuary.

  1. Variation in chlorophyll a to total phosphorus ratio across 94 UK and Irish lakes: implications for lake management.

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    Spears, Bryan M; Carvalho, Laurence; Dudley, Bernard; May, Linda

    2013-01-30

    Eutrophication is the most widespread pressure impacting on lakes worldwide and, in general, its control is underpinned by the premise that algal biomass is regulated by phosphorus availability. This paper aims to demonstrate that not all lakes will conform to the underlying principle of the Chl:TP relationships using variables collected widely in lake monitoring programmes across the world (i.e. total phosphorus (TP) and chlorophyll a (Chl) concentrations). The ratio of annual mean Chl and TP concentrations in 94 lakes (2007 and 2008) was used as a measure of the efficiency with which TP is transferred into algal biomass (i.e. as an indicator of P limitation) to investigate the validity of the phosphorus reduction approach. Chl:TP ratios ranged from 0.02 to 0.84 in 2007 and from 0.03 to 0.96 in 2008. Chl and TP values were positively correlated (p < 0.05) with alkalinity, and negatively correlated with depth and surface area, in both years. In general, mean annual Chl and TP concentrations increased as alkalinity increased and depth decreased. However, Chl:TP ratio was highest in high alkalinity lakes in 2007, and moderate alkalinity lakes in 2008. Our results indicate that the use of TP water quality targets alone is insufficient to accurately manage eutrophication pressures at the lake specific scale, and that a wider range of ecological and ecosystem service evaluation targets would provide a more comprehensive assessment of management needs. The wide range of Chl:TP ratio values reported in this study suggests that, although reducing TP concentrations in lakes is undoubtedly a sensible approach to eutrophication management in many cases, TP reductions alone may not result in the expected reductions in phytoplankton biomass in all lakes. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Cytokinins modulate the expression of genes encoding the protein of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b complex.

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    de la Serve, B T; Axelos, M; Péaud-Lenoël, C

    1985-05-01

    Tobacco cell suspension cultures responded to cytokinins (for instance kinetin) by full chloroplast differentiation. The hormone had the effect of stimulating the appearance of a few prominent plastid proteins. Synthesis of the light-harvesting chlorophyl a/b-binding protein (LHCP) in response to kinetin was noteworthy (Axelos M. et al.: Plant Sci Lett 33:201-212, 1984).Poly(A)(+)RNAs were prepared from cells grown in the presence of or without added kinetin. Poly(A)(+)RNA recovery and translation activity were not quantitatively altered by the hormone treatment. In vitro translation of polyadenylated mRNA into precursor polypeptides of LHCP (pLHCP) was quantified by immunoprecipitation and SDS-PAGE fractionation of pLHCP immunoprecipitates: pLHCP-mRNA translating activity was found to be stimulated in parallel to mature LHCP accumulation by kinetin-induced cells.Dot-blot and northern-blot hybridizations of poly(A)(+)RNA were carried out, using as a probe a pea LHCP-cDNA clone (Broglie R. et al.: Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 78: 7304-7308, 1981). A ten-fold increase of the level of pLHCP-encoding sequences was observed in poly(A)(+)RNA prepared from 9-d kinetin-stimulated cells, compared to control cells. Oligo(dT)-cellulose-excluded RNA fractions exhibited very low hybridization levels, in the same ratios as those obtained with poly(A)(+)RNA.Thus, the expression of LHCP-gene activity, in response to kinetin addition to tobacco cell suspension cultures, is regulated by the level of pLHCP-encoding mRNA rather than by translational or post-translational controls. re]19850218 rv]19850605 ac]19850613.

  3. Rapid transcriptional regulation by phytochrome of the genes for phytochrome and chlorophyll a/b-binding protein in Avena sativa.

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    Lissemore, J L; Quail, P H

    1988-11-01

    We have examined phytochrome-regulated transcription of phytochrome (phy) and chlorophyll a/b binding protein (cab) genes in dark-grown Avena seedlings by using run-on transcription in isolated nuclei. Kinetic analysis of phy transcription following pulse-light treatments to produce various amounts of Pfr, the active form of phytochrome, leads to these conclusions. (i) Transcription decreases rapidly (discernible within 5 min) after Pfr formation, reaching an essentially undetectable level by 1 h. (ii) The response is very sensitive; less than 1% Pfr is sufficient to produce maximum feedback repression over the first 30 min. (iii) The duration of transcriptional repression is proportional to the Pfr concentration; derepression begins once the concentration falls below some saturation level because of degradation of Pfr. Concurrent analysis of cab transcription leads to these conclusions. (i) After Pfr formation, transcription increases approximately 10-fold by 3 h, but this response is not detectable until after a 30-min lag. (ii) Detectable induction of cab requires a greater than 30-fold-higher Pfr level than is needed to repress phy expression. (iii) Transcription returns to the preirradiation level considerably sooner than does phy transcription (less than 12 h versus greater than 24 h respectively), indicating that a high level of Pfr is needed to sustain the increased transcription of cab. Taken together, these results suggest that differences in the phytochrome signal transduction pathway are responsible for the distinct patterns of regulation of these genes. Full repression of phy occurs even when protein synthesis is inhibited greater than 90% by cycloheximide and chloramphenicol. In conjunction with the rapidity of the response to Pfr, this result provides evidence that feedback repression of phy gene transcription does not require expression of an intervening regulatory gene(s). Thus, phy is the first gene for which there is evidence for direct control

  4. Seasonal changes in nutrients, chlorophyll a and the phytoplankton assemblage of the western subarctic gyre in the Pacific Ocean

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    Mochizuki, Mamiko; Shiga, Naonobu; Saito, Masaru; Imai, Keiri; Nojiri, Yukihiro

    The standing stock and species composition of phytoplankton (>10 μm) were studied using monthly water samples collected at Stn KNOT (Kyodo North Pacific Ocean Time Series; 44°N, 155°E) in the western subarctic gyre in the Pacific Ocean through June 1998 to June 1999 (except for January-April 1999) and January-February 2000. One-liter water samples were preserved in 1% neutrally buffered formalin. Identification and enumeration of phytoplankton were made with an inverted microscope. Nutrients did not appear to be depleted for phytoplakton growth during any season. The vertical distribution of phytoplankton was primarily restricted by the pycnocline, and the bulk of phytoplankton assemblage existed within the surface mixed layer. In July, however, some senescent cells were observed at 200 m. Phytoplankton abundance clearly showed a spring maximum (i.e. spring bloom) in May. The seasonal change in cell numbers, however, did not coincide closely with the change in chlorophyll a concentration. Centric diatoms, which were composed of Thalassiosira, Chaetoceros, and Coscinodiscus, dominated all year round, and showed temporal succession. Pennate diatoms (mostly Neodenticula seminae and Fragilariopsis) increased only during the spring bloom. Dinoflagellates (mostly Gymnodinium and Prorocentrum) were low in abundance, although they increased in summer when the phytoplankton standing stock was low. Silicoflagellate abundance was extremely low. Comparing the annual species composition of phytoplankton between Stn KNOT and Stn P (50°N, 145°W) in the Alaskan Gyre, there was a remarkable difference between the two sites. The phytoplankton assemblage at Stn P is characterized by a high abundance of Rhizosolenia alata and low abundance of Thalassiosira. In contrast, Thalassiosira dominates at Stn KNOT during most seasons.

  5. Assessment of MODIS-Aqua chlorophyll-a algorithms in coastal and shelf waters of the eastern Arabian Sea

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    Tilstone, Gavin H.; Lotliker, Aneesh A.; Miller, Peter I.; Ashraf, P. Muhamed; Kumar, T. Srinivasa; Suresh, T.; Ragavan, B. R.; Menon, Harilal B.

    2013-08-01

    The use of ocean colour remote sensing to facilitate the monitoring of phytoplankton biomass in coastal waters is hampered by the high variability in absorption and scattering from substances other than phytoplankton. The eastern Arabian Sea coastal shelf is influenced by river run-off, winter convection and monsoon upwelling. Bio-optical parameters were measured along this coast from March 2009 to June 2011, to characterise the optical water type and validate three Chlorophyll-a (Chla) algorithms applied to Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on Aqua (MODIS-Aqua) data against in situ measurements. Ocean Colour 3 band ratio (OC3M), Garver-Siegel-Maritorena Model (GSM) and Generalized Inherent Optical Property (GIOP) Chla algorithms were evaluated. OC3M performed better than GSM and GIOP in all regions and overall, was within 11% of in situ Chla. GSM was within 24% of in situ Chla and GIOP on average was 55% lower. OC3M was less affected by errors in remote sensing reflectance Rrs(λ) and by spectral variations in absorption coefficient (aCDOM(λ)) of coloured dissolved organic material (CDOM) and total suspended matter (TSM) compared to the other algorithms. A nine year Chla time series from 2002 to 2011 was generated to assess regional differences between OC3M and GSM. This showed that in the north eastern shelf, maximum Chla occurred during the winter monsoon from December to February, where GSM consistently gave higher Chla compared to OC3M. In the south eastern shelf, maximum Chla occurred in June to July during the summer monsoon upwelling, and OC3M yielded higher Chla compared to GSM. OC3M currently provides the most accurate Chla estimates for the eastern Arabian Sea coastal waters.

  6. Parametrically defined differential equations

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    Polyanin, A. D.; Zhurov, A. I.

    2017-01-01

    The paper deals with nonlinear ordinary differential equations defined parametrically by two relations. It proposes techniques to reduce such equations, of the first or second order, to standard systems of ordinary differential equations. It obtains the general solution to some classes of nonlinear parametrically defined ODEs dependent on arbitrary functions. It outlines procedures for the numerical solution of the Cauchy problem for parametrically defined differential equations.

  7. Poroelastic references

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    Morency, Christina

    2014-12-12

    This file contains a list of relevant references on the Biot theory (forward and inverse approaches), the double-porosity and dual-permeability theory, and seismic wave propagation in fracture porous media, in RIS format, to approach seismic monitoring in a complex fractured porous medium such as Brady?s Geothermal Field.

  8. Reference Roundup.

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    Silver, Linda; And Others

    1982-01-01

    Briefly describes the nature and availability of reference books for children and adolescents and then reviews some recent publications of this type, including works of a general nature and works on social science, science, the arts, language, history and geography, and biography. (JL)

  9. Ready Reference.

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    Koltay, Emery

    2001-01-01

    Includes four articles that relate to ready reference, including a list of publishers' toll-free telephone numbers and Web sites; how to obtain an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number); and how to obtain an SAN (Standard Address Number), for organizations that are involved in the book…

  10. Nucleus-encoded light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b proteins are imported normally into chlorophyll b-free chloroplasts of Arabidopsis.

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    Nick, Sabine; Meurer, Jörg; Soll, Jürgen; Ankele, Elisabeth

    2013-05-01

    Chloroplast-located proteins which are encoded by the nuclear genome have to be imported from the cytosol into the organelle in a posttranslational manner. Among these nuclear-encoded chloroplast proteins are the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-binding proteins (LHCPs). After translation in the cytosol, precursor proteins of LHCPs are imported via the TOC/TIC translocase, processed to their mature size to insert into thylakoid membranes where they recruit chlorophylls a and b to form pigment-protein complexes. The translocation of proteins is a highly regulated process which employs several regulators. To analyze whether CAO (chlorophyll a oxigenase) which converts chlorophyll a to chlorophyll b at the inner chloroplast membrane, is one of these regulators, we performed import reactions utilizing a homozygous loss-of-function mutant (cao-1). We imported in vitro translated and (35)S-labeled precursor proteins of light-harvesting proteins of photosystem II LHCB1, LHCB4, and LHCB5 into chloroplasts isolated from cao-1 and show that import of precursor proteins and their processing to mature forms are not impaired in the mutant. Therefore, regulation of the import machinery cannot be responsible for the decreased steady-state levels of light-harvesting complex (LHC) proteins. Regulation does not take place at the transcriptional level either, because Lhcb mRNAs are not down-regulated. Additionally, reduced steady-state levels of LHCPs also do not occur due to posttranslational turnover of non-functional LHCPs in chloroplasts. Taken together, our data show that plants in the absence of CAO and therefore devoid of chlorophyll b are not influenced in their import behavior of LHC proteins.

  11. Seasonal Progression and Interannual Variability of Nutrient and Chlorophyll-a Distributions in the Northern Gulf of Alaska, 1998-2010

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    Trahanovsky, K.; Whitledge, T. E.

    2016-02-01

    We examined nutrient and chlorophyll-a (chl) concentrations from bottle samples collected from 0-50 m depth in the Northern Gulf of Alaska along the Seward Line transect on 56 cruises from 1998-2010. We computed monthly average concentrations of macronutrients (N, P, and Si) and chlorophyll-a by depth at four major stations along the transect to describe the regular seasonal progression of the nutricline and typical water column distributions of chlorophyll-a in this seasonally productive, downwelling coastal zone. The across-shelf transect displayed two different patterns of seasonal progression clearly associated with the Alaska Coastal Current (ACC) and Alaskan Stream (AS) current systems. The annual cycle of nutrient drawdown and replenishment is remarkably consistent from year to year within each system and is well correlated with chl measurements. The spring bloom begins earlier and nutrient depletion is sustained longer in the near-shore ACC then in the AS system centered over the shelf break. Chlorophyll-a concentrations frequently peak at 10-20m depth in both systems during July through October, as nutrients remain depleted in the top 10m. Subsurface nutrients (20 - 50 m depth) begin to recover between July and August and then experience a secondary drawdown between August and October, consistent with higher chl levels observed during the fall bloom. Interannual variability in the progression of the nutricline and the relative contribution of subsurface chl to total chl is presented. Physical data demonstrate increasing stratification in this region due to climate change; the implications for nutrient dynamics and primary production are discussed.

  12. Non-enzymatic conversion of chlorophyll-a into chlorophyll-d in vitro: a model oxidation pathway for chlorophyll-d biosynthesis.

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    Fukusumi, Takanori; Matsuda, Kohei; Mizoguchi, Tadashi; Miyatake, Tomohiro; Ito, Satoshi; Ikeda, Tsukasa; Tamiaki, Hitoshi; Oba, Toru

    2012-07-30

    Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a) was readily converted into Chl-d under mild conditions without any enzymes. Treatment of Chl-a dissolved in dry tetrahydrofuran (THF) with thiophenol and acetic acid at room temperature successfully produced Chl-d in 31% yield. During the acidic oxidation, removal of the central magnesium, pheophytinization, was sufficiently suppressed. This mild pathway can give insights into the yet unidentified Chl-d biosynthesis.

  13. Assessment of remotely-sensed sea-surface temperature and chlorophyll-a concentration in San Matías Gulf (Patagonia, Argentina)

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    Williams, Gabriela N.; Dogliotti, A. I.; Zaidman, P.; Solis, M.; Narvarte, M. A.; González, R. C.; Esteves, J. L.; Gagliardini, D. A.

    2013-01-01

    Field measurements of surface temperature and chlorophyll-a concentration were used to evaluate for the first time the performance of the standard sea surface temperature and chlorophyll-a algorithms of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) in San Matías Gulf, northern of the Argentine Patagonian Continental Shelf (between 40°47'S and 42°13'S). The fit of the temperature data to a Standard Major Axis (SMA) type II regression model indicated that a high proportion of the total variance (r2≥0.80) was explained by the model. For chlorophyll-a, the low correlation (r2=0.15) and high dispersion indicated a poor performance and a general overestimation of Chl-a by the OC3Mv5 algorithm as indicated by the Relative Percent Difference (RPD=113%). However, for stations located in the northern area of the gulf the result showed a higher correlation (r2=0.76) and less dispersion (RPD=31%). The feasible reasons and explanations for the performance of NLSST and OC3Mv5 algorithms are discussed. The results of the temporal variability analysis of SST and Chl-a in different areas of the gulf agreed with previous studies.

  14. Analysis of factors affecting the ratio of microcystin to chlorophyll-a in cyanobacterial blooms using real-time polymerase chain reaction.

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    Ha, Joo H; Hidaka, Taira; Tsuno, Hiroshi

    2011-02-01

    Chlorophyll-a concentration has been used as an indicator to estimate microcystin levels in water bodies. This study examined the microcystin to chlorophyll-a ratio in a fishpond in Japan. The ratio varied spatially and temporally during the six-month field survey, which is consistent with reports by other researchers. We investigated the causes of the variability of the ratio by quantifying microcystin synthetase (mcy) A gene with real-time PCR, so as to observe the growth of microcystin-producing cyanobacteria and Microcystis strains in natural cyanobacterial blooms. The application of real-time PCR enabled corroboration of the relationship between the toxigenicity and the toxicity of the blooms. The microcystin to chlorophyll-a ratio was influenced by the combined effects of the durability of the toxic bloom, and the quantity of microcystin-producing cyanobacteria carrying the mcy A gene, especially toxic Microcystis strains. Cyanobacterial blooms produced more microcystin when high concentrations of microcystin-producing Microcystis aggregated in a stationary state with low growth rates. The variable toxicity of blooms needs to be reflected in accurate and efficient alert systems for toxic cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.

  15. Assessment of growth rate, chlorophyll a fluorescence, lipid peroxidation and antioxidant enzyme activity in Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, Pediastrum simplex and Synedra acus exposed to cadmium.

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    Ran, Xiaofei; Liu, Rui; Xu, Sha; Bai, Fang; Xu, Jinzhu; Yang, Yanjun; Shi, Junqiong; Wu, Zhongxing

    2015-03-01

    In this study, the effects of cadmium on the cyanobacterium Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, the green alga Pediastrum simplex and the diatom Synedra acus was evaluated on the basis of growth rate, chlorophyll a fluorescence, lipid peroxidation and antioxidant enzyme activity. The EC50 values (effective concentration inducing 50 % of growth inhibition) of cadmium in A. flos-aquae, P. simplex and S. acus were 1.18 ± 0.044, 4.32 ± 0.068 and 3.7 ± 0.055 mg/L, respectively. The results suggested that cadmium stress decreases growth rate and chlorophyll a concentration. The normalized chlorophyll a fluorescence transients significantly increased at cadmium concentrations of 5.0, 10.0 and 20.0 mg/L, but slightly decreased at concentrations of 0.2, 0.5 and 1.0 mg/L. The chlorophyll fluorescence parameters showed considerable variation among the three species, while lipid peroxidation and antioxidant enzyme activities showed a significant increase. Our results demonstrated that blockage of electron transport on the acceptor side of photosystem II is the mechanism responsible for cadmium toxicity in freshwater microalgae, and that the tolerance of the three species to cadmium was in the order green alga P. simplex > diatom S. acus > cyanobacterium A. flos-aquae.

  16. Technostress and the Reference Librarian.

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    Kupersmith, John

    1992-01-01

    Defines "technostress" as the stress experienced by reference librarians who must constantly deal with the demands of new information technology and the changes they produce in the work place. Discussion includes suggested ways in which both organizations and individuals can work to reduce stress. (27 references) (LAE)

  17. Changing Roles for References Librarians.

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    Kelly, Julia; Robbins, Kathryn

    1996-01-01

    Discusses the future outlook for reference librarians, with topics including: "Technology as the Source of Change"; "Impact of the Internet"; "Defining the Virtual Library"; "Rethinking Reference"; "Out of the Library and into the Streets"; "Asking Users About Their Needs"; "Standardization and Artificial Intelligence"; "The Financial Future"; and…

  18. Changing Roles for References Librarians.

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    Kelly, Julia; Robbins, Kathryn

    1996-01-01

    Discusses the future outlook for reference librarians, with topics including: "Technology as the Source of Change"; "Impact of the Internet"; "Defining the Virtual Library"; "Rethinking Reference"; "Out of the Library and into the Streets"; "Asking Users About Their Needs"; "Standardization and Artificial Intelligence"; "The Financial Future"; and…

  19. Technostress and the Reference Librarian.

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    Kupersmith, John

    1992-01-01

    Defines "technostress" as the stress experienced by reference librarians who must constantly deal with the demands of new information technology and the changes they produce in the work place. Discussion includes suggested ways in which both organizations and individuals can work to reduce stress. (27 references) (LAE)

  20. Global spectral-kinetic analysis of room temperature chlorophyll a fluorescence from light-harvesting antenna mutants of barley.

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    Gilmor, A M; Itoh, S; Govindjee

    2000-10-29

    This study presents a novel measurement, and simulation, of the time-resolved room temperature chlorophyll a fluorescence emission spectra from leaves of the barley wild-type and chlorophyll-b-deficient chlorina (clo) f2 and f104 mutants. The primary data were collected with a streak-camera-based picosecond-pulsed fluorometer that simultaneously records the spectral distribution and time dependence of the fluorescence decay. A new global spectral-kinetic analysis programme method, termed the double convolution integral (DCI) method, was developed to convolve the exciting laser pulse shape with a multimodal-distributed decay profile function that is again convolved with the spectral emission band amplitude functions. We report several key results obtained by the simultaneous spectral-kinetic acquisition and DCI methods. First, under conditions of dark-level fluorescence, when photosystem II (PS II) photochemistry is at a maximum at room temperature, both the clo f2 and clo f104 mutants exhibit very similar PS II spectral-decay contours as the wild-type (wt), with the main band centred around 685 nm. Second, dark-level fluorescence is strongly influenced beyond 700 nm by broad emission bands from PS I, and its associated antennae proteins, which exhibit much more rapid decay kinetics and strong integrated amplitudes. In particular a 705-720 nm band is present in all three samples, with a 710 nm band predominating in the clo f2 leaves. When the PS II photochemistry becomes inhibited, maximizing the fluorescence yield, both the clo f104 mutant and the wt exhibit lifetime increases for their major distribution modes from the minimal 205-500 ps range to the maximal 1500-2500 ps range for both the 685 nm and 740 nm bands. The clo f2 mutant, however, exhibits several unique spectral-kinetic properties, attributed to its unique PS I antennae and thylakoid structure, indicating changes in both PS II fluorescence reabsorption and PS II to PS I energy transfer pathways

  1. Estimating chlorophyll-a concentration in inland, estuarine and coastal waters: from close range to satellite observations

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    Gitelson, A. A.; Gurlin, D.; Moses, W. J.; Rundquist, D. C.

    2009-12-01

    The objective of this work was to test the performance of a recently developed three-band model and its special case, a two-band model, for the remote estimation of the chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentration in turbid productive case 2 waters. We specifically focused on (a) determining the ability of the models to estimate chl-a concentration below 20 mg m-3, typical for estuarine and coastal waters, and (b) assessing the potential of MODIS and MERIS to estimate chl-a concentrations, using red and near-infrared (NIR) bands. Reflectance data were collected in inland, estuarine, and coastal waters by hyperspectral radiometers just beneath the water surface, hyperspectral imaging sensor AISA on board an aircraft, and satellite sensors MODIS and MERIS. Algorithms established using proximal sensing were applied to aircraft and satellite data. The algorithms yielded high accuracy in estimating chl-a concentrations from AISA and MERIS data. The results illustrated the potential of the NIR-Red models to estimate chl-a concentration in turbid productive waters with a high accuracy. Nevertheless, challenges still remain in calibrating the models for their universal application to satellite data. The in situ data collection technique needs to be adapted to maximize the number of stations that can be assessed with a single satellite image. The spatial heterogeneity of the water within a satellite pixel area around each station needs to be accounted for. So are any changes in the bio-physical and bio-optical characteristics of the water at each station during the time elapsed between the satellite overpass and the in situ data collection. Accurate and reliable atmospheric correction of the satellite data is still a major challenge for turbid productive waters. Provided these factors can be effectively accounted for, robustly calibrated algorithms can be developed for real-time estimation of chl-a concentration, which will greatly benefit scientists and natural resource managers in

  2. Exchanges of nutrients and chlorophyll a through two inlets of Ria Formosa, South of Portugal, during coastal upwelling events

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    Cravo, Alexandra; Cardeira, Sara; Pereira, Catarina; Rosa, Mónica; Alcântara, Pedro; Madureira, Miguel; Rita, Filomena; Luis, Joaquim; Jacob, José

    2014-10-01

    The Ria Formosa is a shallow and multi-inlet coastal lagoon system in southern Portugal, with six permanent connections to the Atlantic Ocean. The western sector of Ria Formosa comprises three of the main inlets, Ancão, Faro-Olhão and Armona, which contribute ~ 90% of the total tidal prism of the lagoon. Of those three inlets, Ancão and Faro-Olhão supply the minimum and maximum contribution for these exchanges, respectively. Four field surveys were conducted at these two inlets during the upwelling season (from spring to autumn) to determine the influence of upwelling process upon the hydrographic characteristics in spring tidal conditions: i) spring 2009 (Ancão inlet), ii) autumn 2011 (both inlets) and iii) spring 2012 (Faro-Olhão inlet). Water samples were collected hourly (at three levels), along complete semi-diurnal tidal cycles, to determine chlorophyll a (chl a) and nutrient concentrations. At the same time, the water velocity was measured along the cross section to estimate the tidal prism, nutrients and chl a transports. Ancão inlet contributes a much lower volume to the total tidal prisms than Faro-Olhão inlet. The temporal data variability reveals that chl a and nutrient dynamics through these inlets depends not only on the tidal influence and characteristics of the boundary waters, but also on the intensity of the atmospheric and oceanic forcings acting on the adjacent coastal zone. During pulses of coastal upwelling events, more evident in spring season (mainly in April 2009 and May 2012), the two inlets imported chl a and phosphate. In contrast, in the absence of upwelling conditions, due to wind reversals and/or long periods of wind relaxation, both inlets exported nitrate and phosphate, fertilizing the coastal ocean. However, the Ria Formosa is a highly complex hydrodynamic system, and hydrographic temporal differences can be expected at different scales as a result of changes in: i) morphological configuration of the natural inlets, ii

  3. Seasonal and interannual variability of chlorophyll-a and associated physical synchronous variability in the western tropical Pacific

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    Hou, Xueyan; Dong, Qing; Xue, Cunjin; Wu, Shuchao

    2016-06-01

    Based on long-term satellite-derived ocean data sets and methods of empirical orthogonal function and singular value decomposition, we investigated the spatiotemporal variability of the chlorophyll-a concentration (CHL) on seasonal and interannual timescales in the western tropical Pacific associated with physical ocean variables of sea surface temperature (SST), sea level anomaly (SLA) and sea surface wind (SSW), and the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) index. The bio-physical synchronous variation on interannual timescale was also confirmed in terms of the scales of variability and oscillation periods in the time-frequency space using the methods of Fourier transform, Morlet wavelet transform, and wavelet coherence analysis. On a seasonal timescale, the first two modes of the monthly mean CHL fields described the consecutive spatiotemporal variation in CHL in the western tropical Pacific. CHL reached the maximum during late winter-early spring and minimum during summer-early autumn with the exception of the northeast of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The CHL bloom in boreal winter-spring was closely associated with cold SST, high sea level along the North Equatorial Countercurrent meanders, and strong wind. On an interannual timescale, the variability of CHL exhibited a close correlation with SST, SLA, SSW, and ENSO. During El Niño, CHL increased in the oligotrophic western basin of the warm pool associated with cold SST, low SLA, and strong westerly winds but decreased in the mesotrophic eastern basin of the warm pool in association with warm SST, high SLA, and weak easterly trade winds. There may exist time-lag for the bio-physical covariation, i.e., CHL and SST varied simultaneously within 1 month, and CHL variations led SLA by approximately 0-3 months but lagged wind speed by about 1 month. In the time-frequency domain, the interannual variability in CHL and physical ocean variables had high common power, indicating that the variability scales

  4. Novel analyses of long-term data provide a scientific basis for chlorophyll-a thresholds in San Francisco Bay

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    Sutula, Martha; Kudela, Raphael; Hagy, James D.; Harding, Lawrence W.; Senn, David; Cloern, James E.; Bricker, Suzanne B.; Beck, Marcus W.; Berg, Gry Mine

    2017-01-01

    San Francisco Bay (SFB), USA, is highly enriched in nitrogen and phosphorus, but has been resistant to the classic symptoms of eutrophication associated with over-production of phytoplankton. Observations in recent years suggest that this resistance may be weakening, shown by: significant increases of chlorophyll-a (chl-a) and decreases of dissolved oxygen (DO), common occurrences of phytoplankton taxa that can form Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), and algal toxins in water and mussels reaching levels of concern. As a result, managers now ask: what levels of chl-a in SFB constitute tipping points of phytoplankton biomass beyond which water quality will become degraded, requiring significant nutrient reductions to avoid impairments? We analyzed data for DO, phytoplankton species composition, chl-a, and algal toxins to derive quantitative relationships between three indicators (HAB abundance, toxin concentrations, DO) and chl-a. Quantile regressions relating HAB abundance and DO to chl-a were significant, indicating SFB is at increased risk of adverse HAB and low DO levels if chl-a continues to increase. Conditional probability analysis (CPA) showed chl-a of 13 mg m−3 as a “protective” threshold below which probabilities for exceeding alert levels for HAB abundance and toxins were reduced. This threshold was similar to chl-a of 13–16 mg m−3 that would meet a SFB-wide 80% saturation Water Quality Criterion (WQC) for DO. Higher “at risk” chl-a thresholds from 25 to 40 mg m−3 corresponded to 0.5 probability of exceeding alert levels for HAB abundance, and for DO below a WQC of 5.0 mg L−1 designated for lower South Bay (LSB) and South Bay (SB). We submit these thresholds as a basis to assess eutrophication status of SFB and to inform nutrient management actions. This approach is transferrable to other estuaries to derive chl-a thresholds protective against eutrophication.

  5. Chlorophyll-a analogues conjugated with aminobenzyl-DTPA as potential bifunctional agents for magnetic resonance imaging and photodynamic therapy.

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    Li, Guolin; Slansky, Adam; Dobhal, Mahabeer P; Goswami, Lalit N; Graham, Andrew; Chen, Yihui; Kanter, Peter; Alberico, Ronald A; Spernyak, Joseph; Morgan, Janet; Mazurchuk, Richard; Oseroff, Allan; Grossman, Zachary; Pandey, Ravindra K

    2005-01-01

    A clinically relevant photosensitizer, 3-devinyl-3-(1-hexyloxyethyl)pyropheophorbide-a (HPPH, a chlorophyll-a derivative), was conjugated with Gd(III)-aminobenzyl-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA), an experimental magnetic resonance (MR) imaging agent. In vivo reflectance spectroscopy confirmed tumor uptake of HPPH-aminobenzyl-Gd(III)-DTPA conjugate was higher than free HPPH administered intraveneously (iv) to C3H mice with subcutaneously (sc) implanted radiation-induced fibrosarcoma (RIF) tumor cells. In other experiments, Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats with sc implanted Ward Colon Carcinoma cells yielded markedly increased MR signal intensities from tumor regions-of-interest (ROIs) 24 h post-iv injection of HPPH-aminobenzyl-Gd(III)-DTPA conjugate as compared to unconjugated HPPH. In both in vitro (RIF tumor cells) and in vivo (mice bearing RIF tumors and rats bearing Ward Colon tumors) the conjugate produced significant increases in tumor conspicuity at 1.5 T and retained therapeutic efficacy following PDT. Also synthesized were a series of novel bifunctional agents containing two Gd(III) atoms per HPPH molecule that remained tumor-avid and PDT-active and yielded improved MR tumor conspicuity compared to their corresponding mono-Gd(III) analogues. Administered iv at a MR imaging dose of 10 micromol/kg, these conjugates produced severe skin phototoxicity. However, by replacing the hexyl group of the pyropheophorbide-a with a tri(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether (PEG-methyl ether), these conjugates produced remarkable MR tumor enhancement at 8 h post-iv injection, significant tumoricidal activity (80% of mice were tumor-free on day 90), and reduced skin phototoxicity compared to their corresponding hexyl ether analogues. The poor water-solubility characteristic of these conjugates was resolved by incorporation into a liposomal formulation. This paper presents the synthesis of tumor-avid contrast enhancing agents for MR imaging and thus represents an important

  6. Spatial and temporal patterns of periphyton chlorophyll a related to pulp and paper mill discharges in four US receiving streams.

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    Flinders, Camille A; Minshall, G Wayne; Hall, Timothy J; Rodgers, John H

    2009-04-01

    Nutrients in pulp and paper mill effluent (PPME) have been implicated in increased periphyton chlorophyll a (chl a) downstream of discharges. These findings are largely based on short-term studies conducted in artificial stream channels or mesocosms and often in oligotrophic systems, and it is unclear if long-term chl a patterns in higher-nutrient systems would show similar response. We conducted a long-term study of 4 receiving waters (Codorus Creek, Pennsylvania; the Leaf River, Mississippi; and the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, Oregon) in which periphyton samples and associated data on water quality (nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations, pH, color, and conductivity) and 2 physical habitat variables (depth and current velocity) were collected over an 8-y period from multiple sites upstream and downstream of PPME discharges. Study streams represented different ecoregions, warm- and coldwater systems, gradients of in-stream effluent concentration (<1-33%), and mill process types. General Linear Models examining the main and interaction effects of site, season, and year on periphyton chl a for each of the 4 streams showed periphyton chl a downstream of the PPME discharge in Codorus Creek and the McKenzie River was greater at some, but not all upstream sites, suggesting these differences may be due to factors other than PPME. Mean periphyton chl a ranged from <1 to 285 mg/m2 across streams, with relatively consistent site patterns across seasons and years. Overall, chl a in the spring and summer was greater than in the fall in Codorus Creek and on sand substrates in the Leaf River, with overall differences across years seen on rare occasions in the Leaf and Willamette rivers. Regression models examining environmental-chl a relationships explained 45.4% and 30.2% of variation in periphyton chl a in the McKenzie River and Codorus Creek, respectively, and <10% in the Leaf and Willamette rivers. Physical variables (stream depth and current velocity) were the most

  7. [Remote Sensing Estimation of Chlorophyll-a Concentration in Inland Lakes Based on GOCI Image and Optical Classification of Water Body].

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    Feng, Chi; Jin, Qi; Wang, Yan-nan; Zhao, Li-na; Lu, Heng; Li, Yun-mei

    2015-05-01

    Chlorophyll-a as one of the important water quality parameters is often used as a measure of the level of water eutrophication. The 326 measured data collected from Lake Taihu and Lake Dongting were classified based on their measured values of remote sensing reflectance spectra using an automatic clustering algorithm-two-step method, and three water types were finally classified. According to the location and width of GOCI satellite bands, the specific algorithm to estimate chlorophyll-a concentration for different water body types was developed. The bands at 490 nm and 555 nm were used for water body type I , while bands at 660 nm and 443 nm were selected for water body type II and bands at 745 nm and 680 nm were applied for water body type III. The accuracy assessment showed that the mean relative error decreased from 49. 78% to 38. 91% , 24. 19% and 22. 90% for water body type I , II and III, respectively, while the root mean square error decreased from 14.10 µg · L(-1) to 4.87 µg · L(-1), 8.13 µg · L(-1) and 11.66 µg · L(-1) for water body type I, II and III, respectively. The overall mean relative error decreased from 49. 78% to 29. 59% after classification, while the overall root mean square error was reduced from 14.10 µg · L(-1) to 9.29 µg · L(-1) after classification. The retrieval accuracy was significantly improved after classification. The chlorophyll-a concentration in Lake Taihu was retrieved using the GOCI image on May 13, 2013. The results showed that there was a significantly diurnal variation in the concentration of chllorophyll-a on May 13, 2013, and the regions with higher chlorophyll-a concentration were mainly distributed in the Zhushan Bay, Meiliang Bay and Gonghu Bay, while the regions with lower values were mainly located in the centre of the lake and the southern region. The chlorophyll-a concentration reduced significantly after 10:00 in the southwestern region of Lake Taihu. This method of retrieving, after classification

  8. Defining Overweight and Obesity

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    ... this? Submit Button Our Division About Us Nutrition Physical Activity Overweight & Obesity Healthy Weight Breastfeeding Micronutrient Malnutrition State and Local Programs Defining Adult Overweight and Obesity Recommend on Facebook ...

  9. Defining Risk Drinking

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    Dawson, Deborah A.

    2011-01-01

    Many efforts to prevent alcohol-related harm are aimed at reducing risk drinking. This article outlines the many conceptual and methodological challenges to defining risk drinking. It summarizes recent evidence regarding associations of various aspects of alcohol consumption with chronic and acute alcohol-related harms, including mortality, morbidity, injury, and alcohol use disorders, and summarizes the study designs most appropriate to defining risk thresholds for these types of harm. In addition, it presents an international overview of low-risk drinking guidelines from more than 20 countries, illustrating the wide range of interpretations of the scientific evidence related to risk drinking. This article also explores the impact of drink size on defining risk drinking and describes variation in what is considered to be a standard drink across populations. Actual and standard drink sizes differ in the United States, and this discrepancy affects definitions of risk drinking and prevention efforts. PMID:22330212

  10. Operational NIR-red Algorithms for Estimating Chlorophyll-a Concentration in Coastal Waters - The Azov Sea Case Study

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    Moses, W.; Gitelson, A. A.; Berdnikov, S.; Saprygin, V.; Bowles, J. H.; Povazhnyi, V.

    2012-12-01

    We present here results that strongly support the use of MERIS-based NIR-red algorithms as standard tools for estimating chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentration in turbid productive waters. The study was carried out as one of the steps in testing the potential of the universal applicability of previously developed NIR-red algorithms, which were originally calibrated using a limited set of MERIS imagery and in situ data from the Azov Sea and the Taganrog Bay, Russia, and data that were synthetically generated using a radiative transfer model. We used an extensive set of MERIS imagery and in situ data collected over a period of three years in the Azov Sea and the Taganrog Bay for this validation task. We found that the NIR-red algorithms gave consistently highly accurate estimates of chl-a concentration, with the root mean square error as low as 5.92 mg m-3 for the two-band algorithm and 5.91 mg m-3 for the three-band algorithm for the dataset with chl-a concentrations ranging from 1.09 mg m-3 to 107.82 mg m-3. This obviates the need for case-specific reparameterization of the algorithms, as long as the specific absorption coefficient of phytoplankton in the water does not change drastically, and presents a strong case for the use of NIR-red algorithms as standard algorithms that can be routinely applied for near-real-time quantitative monitoring of chl-a concentration in the Azov Sea and the Taganrog Bay, and potentially elsewhere, which will be a real boon to ecologists, natural resource managers and environmental decision-makers. We also present a temporal series of chl-a maps generated using the NIR-red algorithms from images acquired by the space-borne hyperspectral sensor HICO over the Taganrog Bay. The fine spatial resolution (96 m) of HICO images allows for a detailed analysis of the spatial distribution pattern of chl-a, and the fine spectral resolution (5.7 nm) offers a great potential for phytoplankton species discrimination. With the recent demise of MERIS

  11. [Effects of long-term ozone exposure on chlorophyll a fluorescence and gas exchange of winter-wheat leaves].

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    Zheng, You-fei; Zhao, Ze; Wu, Rong-jun; Hu, Cheng-da; Liu, Hong-ju

    2010-02-01

    In order to provide basis for evaluating the effects of air pollutant such as O3 on crops yield and food security, the effects of O3 fumigation (ambient air, CK; 100 nL x L(-1), T1; 150 nL x L(-1), T2) on chlorophyll a fluorescence and gas exchange of a field-grown winter-wheat (Triticum aestivum L. Yang Mai 13) in different growing period were conducted via open-top chamber technique in conjunction with Diving-PAM fluorometer and LC pro + photosynthesis system. Results indicated that Fv/Fm caused by T1 was higher than 0.8, while the Pm, qP, (1-qP)/NPQ and Y(NO) were similar to those of CK, the NPQ and Y(NPQ) were increased by 13.5%-29.0% and 13.3%-22.7% respectively due to O3 stress. Under nature light (rapid light curve, RLC) and after dark adaptation (induction curve in steady-state, IC) the Yield of T1 was decreased by 4.6%-7.6% and 11.3%-19.3% respectively, with 8.0%-9.8% and 11.0%-23.1% reductions in Pn, and Gs compared to CK, respectively. In heading stage and blooming stage, the Ls of T, was greater than CK, but in filling stage and mature stage, it became lower compared to CK. The Fv/Fm was slightly lower than 0.8 under T2 treatment, with the Y(NO), (1-qP)/NPQ and c(i) were increased by 37.9%-75.6%, 157.1%-325.8% and 3.4%-18.1% relative to CK. Under RLC and IC condition, the Yield of T2 was respectively decreased by 10.2%-13.6% and 21.4%-29.1%, and the Pn, Ls, qP, Pm, NPQ and Y(NPQ) were decreased by 28.1%-39.9%, 5.2%-21.3%, 15.8%-30.4%, 27.6%-45.6%, 3.3%-52.9% and 5.7%-17.9% in comparison, respectively. Obviously the enhanced O3 causes a significant decrease in the capacity of photosynthesis of winter wheat, and the influence mechanism presents a series of dynamic changes according to growing seasons. The reduction of Fv/Fm under T1 treatment is a response of PS II reaction center to the increase of NPQ, and the decrease in Pn and Yield is a consequence of protective adjustment, by this approach, the antioxidant system and energy dissipation mechanism can

  12. Defining the Human Microbiome

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    Ursell, Luke K; Metcalf, Jessica L; Parfrey, Laura Wegener; Knight, Rob

    2012-01-01

    Rapidly developing sequencing methods and analytical techniques are enhancing our ability to understand the human microbiome, and, indeed, how we define the microbiome and its constituents. In this review we highlight recent research that expands our ability to understand the human microbiome on different spatial and temporal scales, including daily timeseries datasets spanning months. Furthermore, we discuss emerging concepts related to defining operational taxonomic units, diversity indices, core versus transient microbiomes and the possibility of enterotypes. Additional advances in sequencing technology and in our understanding of the microbiome will provide exciting prospects for exploiting the microbiota for personalized medicine. PMID:22861806

  13. Defining Student Engagement

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    Axelson, Rick D.; Flick, Arend

    2011-01-01

    Few terms in the lexicon of higher education today are invoked more frequently, and in more varied ways, than "engagement". The phrase "student engagement" has come to refer to how "involved" or "interested" students appear to be in their learning and how "connected" they are to their classes,…

  14. Defining Student Engagement

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    Axelson, Rick D.; Flick, Arend

    2011-01-01

    Few terms in the lexicon of higher education today are invoked more frequently, and in more varied ways, than "engagement". The phrase "student engagement" has come to refer to how "involved" or "interested" students appear to be in their learning and how "connected" they are to their classes,…

  15. Transition Coordinators: Define Yourselves.

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    Asselin, Susan B.; Todd-Allen, Mary; deFur, Sharon

    1998-01-01

    Describes a technique that was used successfully to identify the changing roles and responsibilities of special educators as transition coordinators. The Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) model uses people who are currently working in the occupation to define job responsibilities. The duties of a transition coordinator are identified. (CR)

  16. Defining Effective Teaching

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    Layne, L.

    2012-01-01

    The author looks at the meaning of specific terminology commonly used in student surveys: "effective teaching." The research seeks to determine if there is a difference in how "effective teaching" is defined by those taking student surveys and those interpreting the results. To investigate this difference, a sample group of professors and students…

  17. Defining Mathematical Giftedness

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    Parish, Linda

    2014-01-01

    This theoretical paper outlines the process of defining "mathematical giftedness" for a present study on how primary school teaching shapes the mindsets of children who are mathematically gifted. Mathematical giftedness is not a badge of honour or some special value attributed to a child who has achieved something exceptional.…

  18. On Defining Mass

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    Hecht, Eugene

    2011-01-01

    Though central to any pedagogical development of physics, the concept of mass is still not well understood. Properly defining mass has proven to be far more daunting than contemporary textbooks would have us believe. And yet today the origin of mass is one of the most aggressively pursued areas of research in all of physics. Much of the excitement…

  19. Defining Supports Geometry

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    Stephan, Michelle L.; McManus, George E.; Dickey, Ashley L.; Arb, Maxwell S.

    2012-01-01

    The process of developing definitions is underemphasized in most mathematics instruction. Investing time in constructing meaning is well worth the return in terms of the knowledge it imparts. In this article, the authors present a third approach to "defining," called "constructive." It involves modifying students' previous understanding of a term…

  20. On Defining Mass

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    Hecht, Eugene

    2011-01-01

    Though central to any pedagogical development of physics, the concept of mass is still not well understood. Properly defining mass has proven to be far more daunting than contemporary textbooks would have us believe. And yet today the origin of mass is one of the most aggressively pursued areas of research in all of physics. Much of the excitement…

  1. Defining the Language Arts.

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    Barth, Patte, Ed.

    1994-01-01

    This issue of "Basic Education" presents articles that discuss, respectively, defining the language arts, an agenda for English, the benefits of two languages, a new teacher (presently teaching English in a foreign country) looking ahead, and the Shaker Fellowships awarded by the school district in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Articles in the…

  2. Defined by Limitations

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    Arriola, Sonya; Murphy, Katy

    2010-01-01

    Undocumented students are a population defined by limitations. Their lack of legal residency and any supporting paperwork (e.g., Social Security number, government issued identification) renders them essentially invisible to the American and state governments. They cannot legally work. In many states, they cannot legally drive. After the age of…

  3. Improving the Algae Bloom Prediction through the Assimilation of the Remotely Sensed Chlorophyll-A Data in a Generic Ecological Model in the North Sea

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    El Serafy, Ghada

    2010-05-01

    Harmful algae can cause damage to co-existing organisms, tourism and farmers. Accurate predictions of algal future composition and abundance as well as when and where algal blooms may occur could help early warning and mitigating. The Generic Ecological Model, GEM, [Blauw et al 2008] is an instrument that can be applied to any water system (fresh, transitional or coastal) to calculate the primary production, chlorophyll-a concentration and phytoplankton species composition. It consists of physical, chemical and ecological model components which are coupled together to build one generic and flexible modeling tool. For the North Sea, the model has been analyzed to assess sensitivity of the simulated chlorophyll-a concentration to a subset of ecologically significant set of factors. The research led to the definition of the most significant set of parameters to the algae blooming process in the North Sea [Salacinska et al 2009]. In order to improve the prediction of the model, the set of parameters and the chlorophyll-a concentration can be further estimated through the use of data assimilation. In this research, the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) data assimilation technique is used to assimilate the chlorophyll-a data of the North Sea, retrieved from MEdium Resolution Imaging Sensor (MERIS) spectrometer data [Peters et al 2005], in the GEM model. The chlorophyll-a data includes concentrations and error information that enable their use in data assimilation. For the same purpose, the uncertainty of the ecological generic model, GEM has been quantified by means of Monte Carlo approach. Through a study covering the year of 2003, the research demonstrates that both data and model are sufficiently robust for a successful assimilation. The results show that through the assimilation of the satellite data, a better description of the algae bloom has been achieved and an improvement of the capability of the model to predict the algae bloom for the North Sea has been confirmed

  4. Eutrophication Study at the Panjiakou-Daheiting Reservoir System, Northern Hebei Province, People's Republic of China: Chlorophyll-a Model and Sources of Phosphorus and Nitrogen

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    Domagalski, J.; Lin, C.; Luo, Y.; Kang, J.; Wang, S.; Brown, L.; Munn, M.

    2007-05-01

    Concentrations, loads, and sources of nitrate and total phosphorus were investigated at the Panjiakou and Daheiting Reservoir system in northern Hebei Province, People's Republic of China. The Luan He River is the primary source of water to these reservoirs, and the upstream watershed has a mix of land uses including agriculture, forest, with one large urban center. The reservoirs have a primary use for storage of drinking water and partially supply Tianjin City with its annual needs. Secondary uses include flood control and aqua culture (fish cages). The response of the reservoir system from phosphorus input, with respect to chlorophyll-a production from algae, was fitted to a model of normalized phosphorus loading that regresses the average summer-time chlorophyll-a concentration to the average annual phosphorus concentration of the reservoir. Comparison of the normalized phosphorus loading and chlorophyll-a response of this system to other reservoirs throughout the world indicate a level of eutrophication that will require up to an approximate 10-fold decrease in annual phosphorus load to bring the system to a more acceptable level of algal productivity. Isotopes of nitrogen and oxygen in dissolved nitrate were measured from the headwater streams and at various locations along the major rivers that provide the majority of water to these reservoirs. Those isotopic measurements indicate that the sources of nitrate change from natural background in the rivers to animal manure and septic waste upstream of the reservoir. Although the isotopic measurements suggest that animal and septic wastes are a primary source of nutrients, measurements of the molar ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus are more indicative of row-cropping practices. Options for reduction of nutrient loads include changing the management practices of the aqua culture, installation of new sewage treatment systems, especially in the one major urbanized area of the upper watershed, and agricultural

  5. Spatio-temporal evolution of chlorophyll-a in the Bay of Bengal: a remote sensing and bio-argo perspective

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    Udaya Bhaskar, T. V. S.; Jayaram, Chiranjivi; Rama Rao, E. P.; Rao, K. H.

    2016-05-01

    Argo floats equipped with sensors to measure Dissolved Oxygen, Chlorophyll-a and backscattering are deployed in the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Southern Indian Ocean as part of Indian Argo program. In this study, abnormal chlorophyll-a bloom observed by a float with WMO ID 2902086 deployed in the south central Bay of Bengal is analyzed. High concentration of chlorophyll > 0.8 mg/l is observed during December 2013. This period is also associated with drop in temperature and increase in salinity. Analysis of data from the bio-Argo float has shown the impact of many cyclones and depressions that occurred during the period. Of particular importance is cyclone `Madi', which passed very near to the position of mentioned float, during December 2013. This is also evident from the satellite based wind observations from OSCAT through curl of wind stress and Ekman pumping. The sub-surface chlorophyll bloom is substantiated by the surface chlorophyll-a values of MODIS during the period. Intense mixing caused due to the passage of cyclone might have resulted in mixing of subsurface waters thereby breaking the stratification of otherwise stable surface waters of Bay of Bengal, enhancing the nutrient supply, which resulted in strong chlorophyll bloom. The subsurface chlorophyll structure of Bay of Bengal and its variability during the passage of cyclone is for the first time revealed by the floats equipped with biological sensors. This work reveals the synergistic application of in-situ (Bio- Argo) and satellite data to monitor the changes in subsurface structure during the passage of cyclones.

  6. Eutrophication study at the Panjiakou-Daheiting Reservoir system, northern Hebei Province, People's Republic of China: Chlorophyll-a model and sources of phosphorus and nitrogen

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    Domagalski, Joseph L.; Lin, Chao; Luo, Yang; Kang, Jie; Wang, Shaoming; Brown, Larry R.; Munn, Mark D.

    2007-01-01

    Concentrations, loads, and sources of nitrate and total phosphorus were investigated at the Panjiakou and Daheiting Reservoir system in northern Hebei Province, People's Republic of China. The Luan He River is the primary source of water to these reservoirs, and the upstream watershed has a mix of land uses including agriculture, forest, and one large urban center. The reservoirs have a primary use for storage of drinking water and partially supply Tianjin City with its annual needs. Secondary uses include flood control and aqua culture (fish cages). The response of the reservoir system from phosphorus input, with respect to chlorophyll-a production from algae, was fitted to a model of normalized phosphorus loading that regresses the average summer-time chlorophyll-a concentration to the average annual phosphorus concentration of the reservoir. Comparison of the normalized phosphorus loading and chlorophyll-a response of this system to other reservoirs throughout the world indicate a level of eutrophication that will require up to an approximate 5–10-fold decrease in annual phosphorus load to bring the system to a more acceptable level of algal productivity. Isotopes of nitrogen and oxygen in dissolved nitrate were measured from the headwater streams and at various locations along the major rivers that provide the majority of water to these reservoirs. Those isotopic measurements indicate that the sources of nitrate change from natural background in the rivers to animal manure and septic waste upstream of the reservoir. Although the isotopic measurements suggest that animal and septic wastes are a primary source of nutrients, measurements of the molar ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus are more indicative of row-cropping practices. Options for reduction of nutrient loads include changing the management practices of the aqua culture, installation of new sewage treatment systems in the large urbanized area of the upper watershed, and agricultural management practices

  7. Eutrophication study at the Panjiakou-Daheiting Reservoir system, northern Hebei Province, People's Republic of China: Chlorophyll-a model and sources of phosphorus and nitrogen

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    Domagalski, J.; Lin, C.; Luo, Y.; Kang, Jie; Wang, Shaoming; Brown, L.R.; Munn, M.D.

    2007-01-01

    Concentrations, loads, and sources of nitrate and total phosphorus were investigated at the Panjiakou and Daheiting Reservoir system in northern Hebei Province, People's Republic of China. The Luan He River is the primary source of water to these reservoirs, and the upstream watershed has a mix of land uses including agriculture, forest, and one large urban center. The reservoirs have a primary use for storage of drinking water and partially supply Tianjin City with its annual needs. Secondary uses include flood control and aqua culture (fish cages). The response of the reservoir system from phosphorus input, with respect to chlorophyll-a production from algae, was fitted to a model of normalized phosphorus loading that regresses the average summer-time chlorophyll-a concentration to the average annual phosphorus concentration of the reservoir. Comparison of the normalized phosphorus loading and chlorophyll-a response of this system to other reservoirs throughout the world indicate a level of eutrophication that will require up to an approximate 5-10-fold decrease in annual phosphorus load to bring the system to a more acceptable level of algal productivity. Isotopes of nitrogen and oxygen in dissolved nitrate were measured from the headwater streams and at various locations along the major rivers that provide the majority of water to these reservoirs. Those isotopic measurements indicate that the sources of nitrate change from natural background in the rivers to animal manure and septic waste upstream of the reservoir. Although the isotopic measurements suggest that animal and septic wastes are a primary source of nutrients, measurements of the molar ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus are more indicative of row-cropping practices. Options for reduction of nutrient loads include changing the management practices of the aqua culture, installation of new sewage treatment systems in the large urbanized area of the upper watershed, and agricultural management practices

  8. Optical water quality model of Lake Ontario. 2: Determination of chlorophyll a and suspended mineral concentrations of natural waters from submersible and low altitude optical sensors.

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    Bukata, R P; Bruton, J E; Jerome, J H; Jain, S C; Zwick, H H

    1981-05-01

    Spectrooptical and water quality data collected from a 1979 coordinated in situ and airborne study of western Lake Ontario are used to devise a five-component model from which subsurface chlorophyll a and suspended solids concentrations may be determined from submersible optical sensors capable of measuring spectral irradiance reflectance just beneath the free-surface layer. A water-air interface model, which incorporates the effects of surface reflection, is also presented in an attempt to extend such water quality estimations to low altitude remote sensors. Special emphasis is given to the spectral wavelength bands of the Coastal Zone Color Scanner aboard Nimbus-7.

  9. Superflux chlorophyll-a analysis: An assessment of variability in results introduced prior to fluorometric analysis. [chesapeake bay and shelf regions

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    Cibik, S. J.; Rutledge, C. K.; Robertson, C. N.

    1981-01-01

    Several experiments were undertaken to identify variability in results that came from procedural differences in the processing of chlorophyll samples prior to fluorometric analysis. T-tests on group means indicated that significant differences (alpha = 0.05) in phaeopigment a concentrations did result in samples not initially screened, but not in the chlorophyll a concentrations. Highly significant differences (alpha = 0.001) in group means were found in samples which were held in acetone after filtering as compared to unfiltered seawater samples held for the same period. No difference in results was found between the 24-hour extraction and samples which were processed immediately.

  10. Spatial distribution and seasonal variability of chlorophyll-a concentration in the Azov Sea turbid waters by means of remote sensing and continuous fluorescence measurements

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    Saprygin, V. V.

    2011-12-01

    The goal of this study was to apply continuous fluorometric and remote estimation of chlorophyll-a concentration (Cchl) techniques to complex turbid waters of Azov Sea and explore Cchl temporal variation and spatial pattern. Azov Sea is the shallowest sea in the world with maximum depth below 15 m. Its maximum salinity is about 14%; total suspended solids and chlorophyll-a concentrations reach 120 [tex]g m^{-3}[/tex] and 100 [tex]mg m^{-3}[/tex] respectively in Taganrog Bay, daily production varies up to 3.5 [tex]gC_{org} m^{-3}[/tex]. Chlorophyll-a concentrations were measured in 2008-2010 year-round spectrophotometrically, 446 water samples were taken to calibrate fluorometerical and remote sensing data. The highest recorded concentration was 149.3, the lowest - 0.3 [tex]mg m^{-3}[/tex]. Continuous-flow fluorometer was applied in the course of 3 expeditions to Taganrog Bay to measure chlorophyll-a fluorescence (Fchl) each 30 meters along the ship path. Two-cuvette fluorometer was used to discount the influence of dissolved organic matter. Fchl measurements were calibrated and Cchl profiles derieved to estimate Cchl spatial heterogeneity in close scale. Fchl measurements were also made during moorings each 6 seconds to estimate temporal Cchl variability. Recently published algorithm based on reflectance in the red and the near-infrared (NIR) spectral regions was applied to MERIS data for the remote estimation of Cchl. Taking in account fluorometric Cchl spatial heterogeneity estimation, the algorithm for culling the outliers in Cchl fields derived from satellite data was developed. 74 images were processed to Cchl maps and then averaged monthly. Consequently, Cchl spatial distribution and seasonal variability were studied. Spectrophotometric, flourumetric measurements and values obtained by NIR-red algorithm showed strong correlation in turbid Case II waters of Azov Sea. Fluorometric and remote measurements showed high Cchl variations in short and long terms

  11. Spatial and temporal variability of SeaWiFS chlorophyll a distributions west of the Antarctic Peninsula: Implications for krill production

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    Marrari, Marina; Daly, Kendra L.; Hu, Chuanmin

    2008-02-01

    SeaWiFS chlorophyll a distributions between 1997 and 2004 were investigated in relation to sea-ice dynamics for waters west of the Antarctic Peninsula (55-75°S, 50-80°W) in order to better understand the reproductive patterns and recruitment success of the Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba. Climatology patterns showed that the Bellingshausen Sea and Marguerite Bay region usually had higher chlorophyll a concentrations, which persisted throughout austral spring and summer, compared with more northern regions along the Antarctic Peninsula and the western Scotia Sea. These predictable and long-lasting phytoplankton accumulations could provide krill with the food levels required for successful reproduction and larval survival. Unusually high krill reproduction in 2000/2001 was coincident with above-average chlorophyll a concentrations throughout most of the study area and resulted in the largest juvenile recruitment (in 2001/2002) since 1981. High larval densities (up to 132 ind m -3) at the shelf break along the Antarctic Peninsula may have resulted, in part, from krill spawning in the Bellingshausen Sea. In general, ice-edge blooms were only a significant feature in the southern sectors of our study area, particularly in the Bellingshausen Sea and, thus, may not support krill reproduction in the northern Peninsula region as previously believed. Instead, phytoplankton blooms during spring in the northern region appeared to be governed by shelf-break processes, such as upwelling of iron-rich deep water. Interannual differences in sea ice also probably contributed to the variability in larval krill abundances observed in Marguerite Bay. Sea ice melted early in 2000/2001, allowing elevated phytoplankton blooms to develop. In contrast, sea ice persisted throughout spring and summer 2001/2002 limiting phytoplankton accumulation, particularly in southern Marguerite Bay. Thus, the early and extended availability of elevated chlorophyll a concentrations during spring and

  12. Fluorescence LiDAR UFL-9 investigations of chlorophyll a, CDOM and TSM spatial distribution on the Lake Issyk-Kul

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    Pelevin, Vadim; Zavialov, Peter; Kremenetskiy, Vyacheslav; Osokina, Varya

    2016-04-01

    Results of two field surveys on the Lake Issyk-Kul made by Shirshov scientific group in 2014, 2015 are presented, obtained with the help of fluorescence LiDAR UFL-9. High resolution maps of spatial distribution of chlorophyll a, colored dissolved organic material (CDOM) and total suspended matter (TSM) concentrations in the upper water layer are shown and discussed. Issyk-Kul Lake is the ultra oligotrophic water body in which the concentrations of the conctituents mentioned above are fairly low, but well distinguishable by fluorescence lidar. Explorations were conducted onbord the moving medium-size research vessels in various weather and daytime conditions in continuous mode.

  13. Does Primary Productivity Turn Up the Volume? Exploring the Relationship Between Chlorophyll a and the Soundscape of Coral Reefs in the Pacific.

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    Fisher-Pool, Pollyanna I; Lammers, Marc O; Gove, Jamison; Wong, Kevin B

    2016-01-01

    Chlorophyll is the basis for ecosystem productivity in most marine environments. We report on an ongoing effort to examine whether ambient sounds are tied to chlorophyll levels. We hypothesized that an increase in food-web available energy will be distributed across trophic levels, eventually reaching sound-producing animals and increasing acoustic levels. To test our hypothesis, we compared reef environments to explore links between soundscapes and chlorophyll a concentrations. The study sites resided in disparate oceanographic regimes that experienced substantially different oceanographic conditions. We anticipated that the results would show differing patterns of primary productivity between sites and therefore would be reflected in the soundscapes.

  14. Long-term trends in suspended chlorophyll a and vertical particle flux with respect to changing physical conditions in eastern Fram Strait, Arctic Ocean

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    Nöthig, Eva-Maria; Bauerfeind, Eduard; Beszczynska-Möller, Agnieszka; Kraft, Angelina; Bracher, Astrid; Cherkasheva, Alexandra; Fahl, Kirsten; Hardge, Kristin; Kaleschke, Lars; Lalande, Catherine; Metfies, Katja; Peeken, Ilka; Klages, Michael; Soltwedel, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    The Fram Strait is the main gateway for water, heat, sea ice and plankton exchanges between the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic. The abundance and composition of phyto- and zooplankton communities is governed to a large extent by key physical factors such as water temperature, salinity, currents, stratification of the water column and the presence or absence of sea ice. With our study we aim at tracing effects of environmental changes in pelagic system structure and impacts on the fate of organic matter produced in the upper water column in a region that is anticipated to react rapidly to climate change. Chlorophyll a, an indicator of biomass standing stock of phytoplankton, has been measured in the upper 100 m of the water column since 1991 during several summer cruises (with RV 'Polarstern') across Fram Strait. Chlorophyll a measurements are used to validate productivity estimates by remote sensing from space. The quantity and composition of export fluxes of organic matter including biomarker have been measured since 2000 by annually moored sediment traps deployed at 200-300m at the AWI long-term observatory HAUSGARTEN in eastern Fram Strait (79°/4°E). Along with sinking particles, zooplankton (so-called 'swimmers') was also caught in the traps. Analyses of the material collected by the sediment traps allowed us to track seasonal and inter-annual changes in the surface waters at HAUSGARTEN. We present temporal trends in the chlorophyll a distribution (1991-2012), in swimmer composition in the traps (2000-2009), and in the export of biomarker (2000-2008), particulate organic carbon, particulate biogenic silica, calcium carbonate, and the protist composition (2000-2012), in relation to the changing sea ice cover and water temperature. Whereas chlorophyll a (integrated values 0-100m) showed only a slight increase, the swimmer composition and the composition of the annual particle flux changed after a warm water event occurring from 2005-2007. The warm anomaly

  15. Defining Dynamic Route Structure

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    Zelinski, Shannon; Jastrzebski, Michael

    2011-01-01

    This poster describes a method for defining route structure from flight tracks. Dynamically generated route structures could be useful in guiding dynamic airspace configuration and helping controllers retain situational awareness under dynamically changing traffic conditions. Individual merge and diverge intersections between pairs of flights are identified, clustered, and grouped into nodes of a route structure network. Links are placed between nodes to represent major traffic flows. A parametric analysis determined the algorithm input parameters producing route structures of current day flight plans that are closest to todays airway structure. These parameters are then used to define and analyze the dynamic route structure over the course of a day for current day flight paths. Route structures are also compared between current day flight paths and more user preferred paths such as great circle and weather avoidance routing.

  16. Defining the fascial system.

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    Adstrum, Sue; Hedley, Gil; Schleip, Robert; Stecco, Carla; Yucesoy, Can A

    2017-01-01

    Fascia is a widely used yet indistinctly defined anatomical term that is concurrently applied to the description of soft collagenous connective tissue, distinct sections of membranous tissue, and a body pervading soft connective tissue system. Inconsistent use of this term is causing concern due to its potential to confuse technical communication about fascia in global, multiple discipline- and multiple profession-spanning discourse environments. The Fascia Research Society acted to address this issue by establishing a Fascia Nomenclature Committee (FNC) whose purpose was to clarify the terminology relating to fascia. This committee has since developed and defined the terms a fascia, and, more recently, the fascial system. This article reports on the FNC's proposed definition of the fascial system. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Defining and Diagnosing Sepsis.

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    Scott, Michael C

    2017-02-01

    Sepsis is a heterogeneous clinical syndrome that encompasses infections of many different types and severity. Not surprisingly, it has confounded most attempts to apply a single definition, which has also limited the ability to develop a set of reliable diagnostic criteria. It is perhaps best defined as the different clinical syndromes produced by an immune response to infection that causes harm to the body beyond that of the local effects of the infection.

  18. Remote sensing and water quality indicators in the Korean West coast: Spatio-temporal structures of MODIS-derived chlorophyll-a and total suspended solids.

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    Kim, Hae-Cheol; Son, Seunghyun; Kim, Yong Hoon; Khim, Jong Seong; Nam, Jungho; Chang, Won Keun; Lee, Jung-Ho; Lee, Chang-Hee; Ryu, Jongseong

    2017-08-15

    The Yellow Sea is a shallow marginal sea with a large tidal range. In this study, ten areas located along the western coast of the Korean Peninsula are investigated with respect to remotely sensed water quality indicators derived from NASA MODIS aboard of the satellite Aqua. We found that there was a strong seasonal trend with spatial heterogeneity. In specific, a strong six-month phase-lag was found between chlorophyll-a and total suspended solid owing to their inversed seasonality, which could be explained by different dynamics and environmental settings. Chlorophyll-a concentration seemed to be dominantly influenced by temperature, while total suspended solid was largely governed by local tidal forcing and bottom topography. This study demonstrated the potential and applicability of satellite products in coastal management, and highlighted find that remote-sensing would be a promising tool in resolving orthogonality of large spatio-temporal scale variabilities when combining with proper time series analyses. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Can the chlorophyll-a fluorescence be useful in identifying acclimated young plants from two populations of Cecropia pachystachya Trec. (Urticaceae), under elevated CO2 concentrations?

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    Santiago, E F; Larentis, T C; Barbosa, V M; Caires, A R L; Morais, G A; Súarez, Y R

    2015-01-01

    The physiological behavior of PSII measured by chlorophyll a fluorescence explains stress responses; wonders if it can differentiate plants from different populations. For this purpose, acclimated young plants of two C. pachystachya populations were cultivated from seeds. Chlorophyll-a fluorescence was measured after fertilization and [CO(2)](e). In the first 48 h after fertilization there was a reduction in the maximum quantum yield of PSII, while the means obtained under [CO(2)](e) were significantly higher than in other treatments (0.8 and 0.81). The variable PI best expressed the different conditions tested. Compared to their respective controls, the reduction of DIo/CS was 35.89 % in population (P) and 41.89 % in population (I), while the polyphasic fluorescence kinetics differed between treatments, but not necessarily between populations, except for post-fertilization at I-P steps. The analysis of kinetics between Fo and Fj (Wt) showed no K band during the O-J phase. The interferences found in PSII reinforces the idea of reversible damage to PSII. This effect is directly related to the reduced electron transport rate and increased non-photochemical dissipation and may be similar to those observed under field conditions after planting; adjustment time depends, among other factors, on the genetic potential of the species.

  20. Spatial variability in SeaWiFS imagery of the South Atlantic bight as evidenced by gradients (fronts) in chlorophyll a and water-leaving radiance

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    Bontempi, Paula S.; Yoder, James A.

    2004-05-01

    Ocean margin waters contain a host of dissolved and particulate materials of terrestrial and marine origin. The presence of these materials can confound the chlorophyll a (chl a) estimates retrieved by ocean-color satellites' empirical algorithms. We apply edge detection software to chlorophyll a and water-leaving radiance ( Lwn) data from 1998 sea-viewing wide field-of-view sensor (SeaWiFS) imagery to examine this problem within ocean margin waters off the southeastern continental United States (SEC) and South Atlantic bight (SAB). We identify the location of boundaries differentiating waters containing different backscattering components. Identifying those areas where apparent chl a gradients may be caused by differential backscattering helps to determine the location of those gradients caused by real changes in chl a concentrations. An onshore/offshore phytoplankton gradient and seasonal signal not previously detected in SEC waters was revealed from examination of cross-shelf transect data for the months of the study. Phytoplankton concentrations and associated gradients or fronts were connected with the inner, middle or outer shelf based on the biological response to local physical and atmospheric forcings. River flow and wind stress affect inner shelf chl a distributions, while offshore chl a distributions are controlled by Gulf Stream meanders. Carolina Capes' oceanography influenced chl a frontal variability in that local region. We also explore the possibility of utilizing the edge detection algorithm to delineate boundaries between waters dominated by different algal classes.

  1. Determination of the aggregate size in detergent solution of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-protein complex from chloroplast membranes

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    Butler, P. J. G.; Kühlbrandt, W.

    1988-01-01

    The molecular mass of an oligomeric integral membrane protein, the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b-protein complex from the photosynthetic membranes of chloroplasts, has been determined in detergent solution by analytical ultracentrifugation and measurement of the density increment at constant chemical potential of all diffusible solutes. The technique used eliminates any problems resulting from detergent binding to the protein, is independent of the particular detergent used (in this case the nonionic n-octyl β-D-glucopyranoside), and gives the apparent weight-average molecular mass at different protein concentrations, allowing extrapolation to zero concentration. It means that the solutions of the complex must be brought to dialysis equilibrium with the solvent detergent solution and also requires a reliable method for measuring the protein concentration, for which amino acid analysis was used. The detergent-solubilized complex was a trimer that dissociated into monomers and dimers at low protein concentration. The accurate concentration determinations also allowed the molar chlorophyll-to-protein ratio to be measured as 15, corresponding to 8 chlorophyll a and 7 chlorophyll b molecules. PMID:16593931

  2. Defining functional dyspepsia.

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    Mearin, Fermín; Calleja, José Luis

    2011-12-01

    Dyspepsia and functional dyspepsia represent a highly significant public health issue. A good definition of dyspepsia is key for helping us to better approach symptoms, decision making, and therapy indications.During the last few years many attempts were made at establishing a definition of dyspepsia. Results were little successful on most occasions, and clear discrepancies arose on whether symptoms should be associated with digestion, which types of symptoms were to be included, which anatomic location should symptoms have, etc.The Rome III Committee defined dyspepsia as "a symptom or set of symptoms that most physicians consider to originate from the gastroduodenal area", including the following: postprandial heaviness, early satiety, and epigastric pain or burning. Two new entities were defined: a) food-induced dyspeptic symptoms (postprandial distress syndrome); and b) epigastric pain (epigastric pain syndrome). These and other definitions have shown both strengths and weaknesses. At times they have been much too complex, at times much too simple; furthermore, they have commonly erred on the side of being inaccurate and impractical. On the other hand, some (the most recent ones) are difficult to translate into the Spanish language. In a meeting of gastroenterologists with a special interest in digestive functional disorders, the various aspects of dyspepsia definition were discussed and put to the vote, and the following conclusions were arrived at: dyspepsia is defined as a set of symptoms, either related or unrelated to food ingestion, localized on the upper half of the abdomen. They include: a) epigastric discomfort (as a category of severity) or pain; b) postprandial heaviness; and c) early satiety. Associated complaints include: nausea, belching, bloating, and epigastric burn (heartburn). All these must be scored according to severity and frequency. Furthermore, psychological factors may be involved in the origin of functional dyspepsia. On the other hand

  3. Space Station reference configuration description

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1984-01-01

    The data generated by the Space Station Program Skunk Works over a period of 4 months which supports the definition of a Space Station reference configuration is documented. The data were generated to meet these objectives: (1) provide a focal point for the definition and assessment of program requirements; (2) establish a basis for estimating program cost; and (3) define a reference configuration in sufficient detail to allow its inclusion in the definition phase Request for Proposal (RFP).

  4. Defining periodontal health

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Assessment of the periodontium has relied exclusively on a variety of physical measurements (e.g., attachment level, probing depth, bone loss, mobility, recession, degree of inflammation, etc.) in relation to various case definitions of periodontal disease. Periodontal health was often an afterthought and was simply defined as the absence of the signs and symptoms of a periodontal disease. Accordingly, these strict and sometimes disparate definitions of periodontal disease have resulted in an idealistic requirement of a pristine periodontium for periodontal health, which makes us all diseased in one way or another. Furthermore, the consequence of not having a realistic definition of health has resulted in potentially questionable recommendations. The aim of this manuscript was to assess the biological, environmental, sociological, economic, educational and psychological relationships that are germane to constructing a paradigm that defines periodontal health using a modified wellness model. The paradigm includes four cardinal characteristics, i.e., 1) a functional dentition, 2) the painless function of a dentition, 3) the stability of the periodontal attachment apparatus, and 4) the psychological and social well-being of the individual. Finally, strategies and policies that advocate periodontal health were appraised. I'm not sick but I'm not well, and it's a sin to live so well. Flagpole Sitta, Harvey Danger PMID:26390888

  5. Quality Standards for Digital Reference Consortia.

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    Kasowitz, Abby; Bennett, Blythe; Lankes, R. David

    2000-01-01

    Identifies a working set of standards by which to assess individual digital reference services (Internet-based human-mediated information services) and to define membership within a collaborative network of digital reference services. The standards are designed for the Virtual Reference Desk AskA Consortium. (Author/LRW)

  6. Quality Standards for Digital Reference Consortia.

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    Kasowitz, Abby; Bennett, Blythe; Lankes, R. David

    2000-01-01

    Identifies a working set of standards by which to assess individual digital reference services (Internet-based human-mediated information services) and to define membership within a collaborative network of digital reference services. The standards are designed for the Virtual Reference Desk AskA Consortium. (Author/LRW)

  7. Defined contribution health benefits.

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    Fronstin, P

    2001-03-01

    This Issue Brief discusses the emerging issue of "defined contribution" (DC) health benefits. The term "defined contribution" is used to describe a wide variety of approaches to the provision of health benefits, all of which have in common a shift in the responsibility for payment and selection of health care services from employers to employees. DC health benefits often are mentioned in the context of enabling employers to control their outlay for health benefits by avoiding increases in health care costs. DC health benefits may also shift responsibility for choosing a health plan and the associated risks of choosing a plan from employers to employees. There are three primary reasons why some employers currently are considering some sort of DC approach. First, they are once again looking for ways to keep their health care cost increases in line with overall inflation. Second, some employers are concerned that the public "backlash" against managed care will result in new legislation, regulations, and litigation that will further increase their health care costs if they do not distance themselves from health care decisions. Third, employers have modified not only most employee benefit plans, but labor market practices in general, by giving workers more choice, control, and flexibility. DC-type health benefits have existed as cafeteria plans since the 1980s. A cafeteria plan gives each employee the opportunity to determine the allocation of his or her total compensation (within employer-defined limits) among various employee benefits (primarily retirement or health). Most types of DC health benefits currently being discussed could be provided within the existing employment-based health insurance system, with or without the use of cafeteria plans. They could also allow employees to purchase health insurance directly from insurers, or they could drive new technologies and new forms of risk pooling through which health care services are provided and financed. DC health

  8. TAPERED DEFINING SLOT

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    Pressey, F.W.

    1959-09-01

    An improvement is reported in the shape and formation of the slot or opening in the collimating slot member which forms part of an ion source of the type wherein a vapor of the material to be ionized is bombarded by electrons in a magnetic field to strike an arc-producing ionization. The defining slot is formed so as to have a substantial taper away from the cathode, causing the electron bombardment from the cathode to be dispersed over a greater area reducing its temperature and at the same time bringing the principal concentration of heat from the electron bombardment nearer the anode side of the slot, thus reducing deterioration and prolonging the life of the slot member during operation.

  9. Sources and Transport of Nutrients, Organic Carbon, and Chlorophyll-a in the San Joaquin River Upstream of Vernalis, California, during Summer and Fall, 2000 and 2001

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    Kratzer, Charles R.; Dileanis, Peter D.; Zamora, Celia; Silva, Steven R.; Kendall, Carol; Bergamaschi, Brian A.; Dahlgren, Randy A.

    2004-01-01

    Oxidizable materials from the San Joaquin River upstream of Vernalis can contribute to low dissolved oxygen episodes in the Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel that can inhibit salmon migration in the fall. The U.S. Geological Survey collected and analyzed samples at four San Joaquin River sites in July through October 2000 and June through November 2001, and at eight tributary sites in 2001. The data from these sites were supplemented with data from samples collected and analyzed by the University of California at Davis at three San Joaquin River sites and eight tributary sites as part of a separate study. Streamflows in the San Joaquin River were slightly above the long-term average in 2000 and slightly below average in 2001. Nitrate loads at Vernalis in 2000 were above the long-term average, whereas loads in 2001 were close to average. Total nitrogen loads in 2000 were slightly above average, whereas loads in 2001 were slightly below average. Total phosphorus loads in 2000 and 2001 were well below average. These nutrient loads correspond with the flow-adjusted concentration trends--nitrate concentrations significantly increased since 1972 (p 0.05). Loading rates of nutrients and dissolved organic carbon increased in the San Joaquin River in the fall with the release of wetland drainage into Mud Slough and with increased reservoir releases on the Merced River. During August 2000 and September 2001, the chlorophyll-a loading rates and concentrations in the San Joaquin River declined and remained low during the rest of the sampling period. The most significant tributary sources of nutrients were the Tuolumne River, Harding Drain, and Mud Slough. The most significant tributary sources of dissolved organic carbon were Salt Slough, Mud Slough, and the Tuolumne and Stanislaus Rivers. Compared with nutrients and dissolved organic carbon, the tributaries were minor sources of chlorophyll-a, suggesting that most of the chlorophyll-a was produced in the San Joaquin River

  10. [Phytoplankton in Yangtze River estuary and its adjacent waters in spring in 2009: species composition and size-fractionated chlorophyll a].

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    Sun, Jun; Tian, Wei

    2011-01-01

    Based on the multidisciplinary cruise investigation in the Yangtze River estuary and its adjacent waters in April 2009, the phytoplankton species and their abundance were analyzed by the Utermöhl method, and the size-fractionated chlorophyll a concentrations were determined. In the meantime, the relationships between the dominant phytoplankton species and environmental physicochemical factors were explored by Canonical Correspondence Analysis (CCA). A total of 3 phyla, 46 genera, and 64 species (not including uncertain species) were found, mostly diatoms and dinoflagellates, with diatoms dominant. Most of these species were temperate and coastal, but a few brackish and oceanic species also presented. There were 33 diatom genera including 45 species. The dominant species were Skeletonema dohrnii, Paralia sulcata, Thalassionema nitzschioides, Pseudo-nitzschia pungens, Melosira granulata var. angustissima, Pseudo-nitzschia delicatissima, and Guinardia delicatula. The phytoplankton cell abundance ranged from 0.3 to 13447.7 cells x ml(-1), with an average of 1142.385 cells x ml(-1). Concerning the horizontal distribution, cell abundance was the highest in the middle-northern part of the survey area, with S. dohrnii dominant. The phytoplankton cell abundance was high in the surface layer water, and decreased with increasing depth. The Shannon diversity index and Pielou evenness index were consistently low in the middle-northern part of the survey area, in contrast to the trend of phytoplankton cell abundance. The chlorophyll a concentrations ranged from 0.34 to 29 g x L(-1), with an average of 3.3 g x L(-1), consistent with the cell abundance distribution. Size-fractionated chlorophyll a results showed that the biomass in the middle-northern part of the survey area was mainly composed of microphytoplankton (> 20 microm), while that in offshore waters was mainly composed of nanophytoplankton (2-20 microm) and picophytoplankton (< 2 microm). The CCA showed that the

  11. Effect of physico-chemical regimes and tropical cyclones on seasonal distribution of chlorophyll-a in the Chilika Lagoon, east coast of India.

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    Sahoo, Subhashree; Baliarsingh, S K; Lotliker, Aneesh A; Pradhan, Umesh K; Thomas, C S; Sahu, K C

    2017-04-01

    A comprehensive analysis on spatiotemporal variation in physico-chemical variables and their control on chlorophyll-a during 2013-14 was carried out in the Chilika Lagoon. Spatiotemporal variation in physico-chemical regimes significantly controlled the phytoplankton biomass of the lagoon. Further, precipitation-induced river/terrestrial freshwater influx and marine influence controlled the physico-chemical regimes of the Chilika Lagoon, such as nutrients (NH4(+), NO3(-), NO2(-), PO4(3-) and Si(OH)4), temperature, salinity, total suspended matter and dissolved oxygen. This study revealed significant effects of tropical cyclones Phailin (2013) and Hudhud (2014) on physico-chemical regimes and in turn the phytoplankton biomass of the lagoon. Although both cyclones Phailin (2013) and Hudhud (2014) were intense, Phailin (2013) had a greater impact on the Chilika Lagoon due to the proximity of its landfall. Heavy precipitation caused an influx of nutrient-rich freshwater, both during each cyclone's passage, through rainfall, and after, through increased river flow and terrestrial run-off. The increase in nutrients, carried by the run-off, promoted phytoplankton growth, albeit in lag phase. In general, phytoplankton growth was controlled by nitrogenous nutrients. However, the addition of SiO4 through terrigenous run-off fuelled preferential growth of diatoms. The salinity pattern (which can be considered a proxy for fresh and marine water influx) indicated injection of freshwater nutrients into the northern, southern and central sectors of the lagoon through riverine/terrestrial freshwater run-off; marine influx was restricted to the mouth of the lagoon. Present and past magnitudes of salinity and chlorophyll-a were also compared to better understand the pattern of variability. A significant change in salinity pattern was noticed after the opening of an artificial inlet, because of the resulting higher influx of marine water. The overall phytoplankton biomass (using

  12. Soret-excited Raman spectroscopy of the spinach cytochrome b6f complex. Structures of the b- and c-type hemes, chlorophyll a, and beta-carotene.

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    Picaud, T; Le Moigne, C; Gomez de Gracia, A; Desbois, A

    2001-06-19

    Soret-excited resonance Raman (RR) spectra of the spinach cytochrome b6f complex (cyt b6f) are reported for the oxidized, native, ascorbate-reduced, and dithionite-reduced forms. Using excitations at 441.6, 413.1, and 406.7 nm, RR contributions of chlorophyll a, beta-carotene, the c-type heme of cytochrome f, and the b-type hemes of cytochrome b6 of the b6f complex were identified and the data compared to those previously obtained for the Rhodospirillum rubrum bc1 complex [Le Moigne, C., Schoepp, B., Othman, S., Verméglio, A., and Desbois, A. (1999) Biochemistry 38, 1066-1076]. RR bands arising from the b(6)f-associated chlorophyll a and beta-carotene pigments were found to be particularly intense in the spectra excited at 441.6 nm. The frequencies of the phorbin skeleton of chlorophyll a at 1606, 1552, and 1525 cm(-1) are typical of a Mg atom with a single axial ligand. Strong RR bands corresponding to stretching or deformation modes of beta-carotene were detected at 1137, 1157, 1191, 1216, and 1531 cm(-1) in the different forms of cyt b6f. This set of frequencies is assigned to an all-trans configuration of the polyene chain. The redox titrations of the b(6)f complex allow the characterization of RR bands of the three hemes. The nu10, nu2, nu3, and nu8 modes of reduced cyt f are detected at 1619, 1591, 1492, and 356 cm(-1), respectively. From this set of frequencies, one can conclude that the particular histidine/amine heme coordination found in the truncated soluble domain of cyt f is a specific feature of the entire cyt f included in the b6f complex. The frequencies of the nu2, nu8, and nu10 marker modes are consistent with different conformations for the two b-type hemes of cyt b6f. One of these hemes is strongly distorted (nu2, nu8, and nu10 at 1581, 351, and 1610 cm(-1), respectively), while the other one is planar (1586, 345, and 1618 cm(-1), respectively). Largely different structures for the b-type hemes appear to be a common property for the bc1/b6f

  13. Defining the Anthropocene

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    Lewis, Simon; Maslin, Mark

    2016-04-01

    Time is divided by geologists according to marked shifts in Earth's state. Recent global environmental changes suggest that Earth may have entered a new human-dominated geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Should the Anthropocene - the idea that human activity is a force acting upon the Earth system in ways that mean that Earth will be altered for millions of years - be defined as a geological time-unit at the level of an Epoch? Here we appraise the data to assess such claims, first in terms of changes to the Earth system, with particular focus on very long-lived impacts, as Epochs typically last millions of years. Can Earth really be said to be in transition from one state to another? Secondly, we then consider the formal criteria used to define geological time-units and move forward through time examining whether currently available evidence passes typical geological time-unit evidence thresholds. We suggest two time periods likely fit the criteria (1) the aftermath of the interlinking of the Old and New Worlds, which moved species across continents and ocean basins worldwide, a geologically unprecedented and permanent change, which is also the globally synchronous coolest part of the Little Ice Age (in Earth system terms), and the beginning of global trade and a new socio-economic "world system" (in historical terms), marked as a golden spike by a temporary drop in atmospheric CO2, centred on 1610 CE; and (2) the aftermath of the Second World War, when many global environmental changes accelerated and novel long-lived materials were increasingly manufactured, known as the Great Acceleration (in Earth system terms) and the beginning of the Cold War (in historical terms), marked as a golden spike by the peak in radionuclide fallout in 1964. We finish by noting that the Anthropocene debate is politically loaded, thus transparency in the presentation of evidence is essential if a formal definition of the Anthropocene is to avoid becoming a debate about bias. The

  14. Defining hypercalciuria in nephrolithiasis

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    Pak, Charles Y.C.; Sakhaee, Khashayar; Moe, Orson W.; Poindexter, John; Adams-Huet, Beverley

    2014-01-01

    The classic definition of hypercalciuria, an upper normal limit of 200 mg/day, is based on a constant diet restricted in calcium, sodium, and animal protein; however, random diet data challenge this. Here our retrospective study determined the validity of the classic definition of hypercalciuria by comparing data from 39 publications analyzing urinary calcium excretion on a constant restricted diet and testing whether hypercalciuria could be defined when extraneous dietary influences were controlled. These papers encompassed 300 non-stone-forming patients, 208 patients with absorptive hypercalciuria type I (presumed due to high intestinal calcium absorption), and 234 stone formers without absorptive hypercalciuria; all evaluated on a constant restricted diet. In non-stone formers, the mean urinary calcium was well below 200 mg/day, and the mean for all patients was 127±46 mg/day with an upper limit of 219 mg/day. In absorptive hypercalciuria type I, the mean urinary calcium significantly exceeded 200 mg/day in all studies with a combined mean of 259±55 mg/day. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed the optimal cutoff point for urinary calcium excretion was 172 mg/day on a restricted diet, a value that approximates the traditional limit of 200 mg/day. Thus, on a restricted diet, a clear demarcation was seen between urinary calcium excretion of kidney stone formers with absorptive hypercalciuria type I and normal individuals. When dietary variables are controlled, the classic definition of hypercalciuria of nephrolithiasis appears valid. PMID:21775970

  15. Defining equity in health

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    Braveman, P; Gruskin, S

    2003-01-01

    Study objective: To propose a definition of health equity to guide operationalisation and measurement, and to discuss the practical importance of clarity in defining this concept. Design: Conceptual discussion. Setting, Patients/Participants, and Main results: not applicable. Conclusions: For the purposes of measurement and operationalisation, equity in health is the absence of systematic disparities in health (or in the major social determinants of health) between groups with different levels of underlying social advantage/disadvantage—that is, wealth, power, or prestige. Inequities in health systematically put groups of people who are already socially disadvantaged (for example, by virtue of being poor, female, and/or members of a disenfranchised racial, ethnic, or religious group) at further disadvantage with respect to their health; health is essential to wellbeing and to overcoming other effects of social disadvantage. Equity is an ethical principle; it also is consonant with and closely related to human rights principles. The proposed definition of equity supports operationalisation of the right to the highest attainable standard of health as indicated by the health status of the most socially advantaged group. Assessing health equity requires comparing health and its social determinants between more and less advantaged social groups. These comparisons are essential to assess whether national and international policies are leading toward or away from greater social justice in health. PMID:12646539

  16. Defining Neonatal Sepsis

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    Wynn, James L.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose of the review Although infection rates have modestly decreased in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as a result of ongoing quality improvement measures, neonatal sepsis remains a frequent and devastating problem among hospitalized preterm neonates. Despite multiple attempts to address this unmet need, there have been minimal advances in clinical management, outcomes, and accuracy of diagnostic testing options over the last three decades. One strong contributor to a lack of medical progress is a variable case definition of disease. The inability to agree on a precise definition greatly reduces the likelihood of aligning findings from epidemiologists, clinicians, and researchers, which, in turn, severely hinders progress towards improving outcomes. Recent findings Pediatric consensus definitions for sepsis are not accurate in term infants and are not appropriate for preterm infants. In contrast to the defined multi-stage criteria for other devastating diseases encountered in the NICU (e.g., bronchopulmonary dysplasia), there is significant variability in the criteria used by investigators to substantiate the diagnosis of neonatal sepsis. Summary The lack of an accepted consensus definition for neonatal sepsis impedes our efforts towards improved diagnostic and prognostic options as well as accurate outcomes information for this vulnerable population. PMID:26766602

  17. Library Reference Services.

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    Miller, Constance; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Seven articles on library reference services highlight reference obsolescence in academic libraries, major studies of unobtrusive reference tests, methods for evaluating reference desk performance, reference interview evaluation, problems of reference desk control, online searching by end users, and reference collection development in…

  18. Defining Life: Synthesis and Conclusions

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    Gayon, Jean

    2010-04-01

    The first part of the paper offers philosophical landmarks on the general issue of defining life. §1 defends that the recognition of “life” has always been and remains primarily an intuitive process, for the scientist as for the layperson. However we should not expect, then, to be able to draw a definition from this original experience, because our cognitive apparatus has not been primarily designed for this. §2 is about definitions in general. Two kinds of definition should be carefully distinguished: lexical definitions (based upon current uses of a word), and stipulative or legislative definitions, which deliberately assign a meaning to a word, for the purpose of clarifying scientific or philosophical arguments. The present volume provides examples of these two kinds of definitions. §3 examines three traditional philosophical definitions of life, all of which have been elaborated prior to the emergence of biology as a specific scientific discipline: life as animation (Aristotle), life as mechanism, and life as organization (Kant). All three concepts constitute a common heritage that structures in depth a good deal of our cultural intuitions and vocabulary any time we try to think about “life”. The present volume offers examples of these three concepts in contemporary scientific discourse. The second part of the paper proposes a synthesis of the major debates developed in this volume. Three major questions have been discussed. A first is