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dc.contributor.authorLiu, Wenzhi
dc.contributor.authorYao, Lu
dc.contributor.authorJiang, Xiaoliang
dc.contributor.authorGuo, Laodong
dc.contributor.authorCheng, Xiaoli
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Guihua
dc.description.abstractGlobally, shallow lakes have suffered from excessive nitrogen (N) loading due to increased human activities in catchments, resulting in water quality degradation and aquatic biodiversity loss. Sediment denitrification, which reduces nitrate (NO3-) to N gaseous products, is the most important mechanism for permanent N removal in freshwater lakes. However, the relative contribution of abiotic and biotic factors to the sediment denitrification is highly variable. Here, we determined the unamended denitrification rate and nitrous oxide (N2O) production rate of 74 sediment samples from 22 eutrophic lakes in the Yangtze River basin. We also quantified the diversity and abundance of denitrifying communities using nirK and nirS genes. The results of variance partitioning analyses showed that water physicochemical properties (e.g., dissolved oxygen) and nutrients (e.g., NO3- concentration) but not denitrifier communities and submerged vegetation were the major factor groups predicting denitrification and N2O production rates. Path analyses further revealed that water physicochemical properties and nutrients could affect denitrification and N2O production rates both directly and indirectly, and the direct effects were considerably higher than the indirect effects mediated through changes in sediment characteristics, denitrifier communities and submerged vegetation. These findings suggest that the dominant N removal process in Yangtze lakes is largely regulated by abiotic factors rather than diversity and abundance of denitrifiers and submerged macrophytes. Additionally, the findings in this study are helpful in developing a targeted strategy to assess and enhance the N removal capability of eutrophic lakes in China.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalScience of The Total Environmenten_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSurface water quality processes and contaminated sediment assessmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicineen_US
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Sciences & Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsDenitrification genesen_US
dc.titleSediment denitrification in Yangtze lakes is mainly influenced by environmental conditions but not biological communitiesen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articlesen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationLiu, W; Yao, L; Jiang, X; Guo, L; Cheng, X; Liu, G, Sediment denitrification in Yangtze lakes is mainly influenced by environmental conditions but not biological communities, Science of The Total Environment, 2018, 616, pp. 978-987en_US
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