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Respiration in Aquatic Ecosystems$
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Paul del Giorgio and Peter Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198527084

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527084.001.0001

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Respiration in aquatic ecosystems: history and background

Respiration in aquatic ecosystems: history and background

(p.1) CHAPTER 1 Respiration in aquatic ecosystems: history and background
Respiration in Aquatic Ecosystems

Peter J. le B. Williams

Paul A. del Giorgio

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter presents a general historical, biochemical, and ecological background to the topics covered in this book, and sets the following chapters in a broad context. The various forms of respiration are identified and categorized, as is the fundamental basis of the trophic connections through the passage of the products of photosynthesis (the acquired protons and electrons) through the food web. Historical developments in the understanding of respiration in aquatic ecosystems and communities are mapped out. The chapter concludes by raising a set of key questions, which are addressed in subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   biochemical process, oxygen cycling, energy dissipation, energy provision, respiratory quotient

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