|Title||Interactions between sunlight and microorganisms influence dissolved organic matter degradation along the aquatic continuum|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Cory, RM, Kling, GW|
|Journal||Limnology and Oceanography Letters|
Abstract CO2 emissions from inland surface waters to the atmosphere are almost as large as the net carbon transfer from the atmosphere to Earth's land surface. This large flux is supported by dissolved organic matter (DOM) from land and its complete oxidation to CO2 in freshwaters. A critical nexus in the global carbon cycle is the fate of DOM, either complete or partial oxidation. Interactions between sunlight and microbes control DOM degradation, but the relative importance of photodegradation vs. degradation by microbes is poorly known. The knowledge gaps required to advance understanding of key interactions between photochemistry and biology influencing DOM degradation include: (1) the efficiencies and products of DOM photodegradation, (2) how do photo-products control microbial metabolism of photo-altered DOM and on what time scales, and (3) how do water and DOM residence times and light exposure interact to determine the fate of DOM moving across the landscape to oceans?