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A Note on Manganese in Marine Plankton

  • L. H. N. Cooper (a1)

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Although to many organisms manganese is known to be of great importance (Berkeley, 1922; Brenchley, 1927; Hopkins, 1930) its part in the economy of the sea is unknown. Some attempts were therefore made in 1934 to estimate the manganese in marine plankton using the residues from the determinations of phosphorus (Cooper, 1934; Harvey et alia, 1935). The residues from the triplicate digests from each cruise were combined and concentrated from about 200 to 70 ml. The concentrates were then examined quantitatively for manganese by the periodate method of Willard and Greathouse as described by Yoe (1928). In all cases but one the concentration of manganese was less than could be detected with certainty (Table I). In the absence of confirmatory data the figure of 5γ per litre of the diatom catch of May 15th must be regarded as suspect and attributable to chance contamination. Thus in these catches at L4 (5 miles off shore) during the spring outburst in 1934 manganese amounted to less than three parts per million million parts of water filtered, equivalent to one-thousandth or less of the phosphorus content.

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Berkeley, C. 1922. On the Occurrence of Manganese in the Tube and Tissues of Mesochœtopteros Taylori, Potts and in the Tube of Chœtopteros variopedatus, Renier. Biochem. Journ. Vol. XVI, p. 70.
Brenchley, W. E. 1927. Inorganic Plant Poisons and Stimulants. Chapter VII. Cambridge.
Cooper, L. H. N. 1934. The Determination of Phosphorus and Nitrogen in Plankton. Journ. Mar. Biol. Assoc., N.S., Vol. XIX, pp. 755760.
Harvey, H. W., Cooper, L. H. N., Lebour, M. V., and Russell, F. S. 1935. Plankton Production and its Control. Journ. Mar. Biol. Assoc., N.S., Vol. XX. No. 2.
Hopkins, E. F. 1930. Necessity and Function of Manganese in the Growth of Chlorella sp. Science, Vol. 72, pp. 609610.
Yoe, J. H. 1928. Photometric Chemical Analysis. Vol. I. Colorimetry, pp. 273279.

A Note on Manganese in Marine Plankton

  • L. H. N. Cooper (a1)

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