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Zinc cycling in the Tasman Sea: distribution, speciation and relation to phytoplankton community


Sinoir, M and Ellwood, MJ and Butler, ECV and Bowie, AR and Mongin, M and Hassler, CS, Zinc cycling in the Tasman Sea: distribution, speciation and relation to phytoplankton community, Marine Chemistry, 182 pp. 25-37. ISSN 0304-4203 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2016.03.006


Zinc (Zn) is essential for phytoplankton growth as it plays a central role within many enzymatic systems within phytoplankton. Here, we present dissolved Zn concentration and Zn chemical speciation results for samples collected at four stations in the Tasman Sea east of Australia. Dissolved Zn concentrations determined using isotope dilution inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) ranged between 0.02 to 0.19 nmol L−1 (15 m depth) and 0.02 to 0.11 nmol L−1 (150 m depth) along a north–south transect. Zn speciation determined using Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV) on four selected profiles from the Tasman Sea indicated that dissolved Zn is strongly complexed to natural organic ligands, with the conditional stability constant for the Zn–ligand complex (log K′ZnL) ranging between 9.3 and 11.4. Dissolved ligand concentrations showed variations with concentrations ranging between 0.8 and 4 nmol L−1. In surface waters, ligand concentrations always exceeded dissolved Zn concentrations, lowering free Zn2+ ion concentrations into the picomolar range. Based on comparisons between Zn speciation and the phytoplankton community of the Tasman Sea, we suggest that there is the potential for zinc limitation of certain phytoplankton groups in this region and feedback by phytoplankton on ligands, hence, on Zn biogeochemistry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:zinc, cycling, speciation, Tasman Sea, voltammetry, ligands, bioavailability
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Chemical oceanography
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition
UTAS Author:Sinoir, M (Miss Marie Sinoir)
UTAS Author:Bowie, AR (Professor Andrew Bowie)
ID Code:108916
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP1092892)
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Oceans and Cryosphere
Deposited On:2016-05-10
Last Modified:2017-11-17

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