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Title: Spectroscopic properties of sedimentary humic acids from a salt marsh (Ria de Aveiro, Portugal): comparison of sediments colonized by Halimione portulacoides (L.) Aellen and non-vegetated sediments
Author: Mendonca, A.
Duarte, A. C.
Santos, E. B. H.
Keywords: Halophytes
Humic substances
Salt marshes
Spectroscopic analysis
Issue Date: Jun-2004
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Abstract: The influence of the colonization of salt marsh sediments with Halimione portulacoides, on the composition of the sedimentary humic acids was evaluated. For this purpose, cores of colonized and non-colonized sediments from a salt marsh in Ria de Aveiro (Portugal) were collected, and the humic acids of different layers were extracted and characterized by Fourier transform infrared, synchronous molecular fluorescence (Δλ = 60 nm) and UV-visible spectroscopies and also by elemental analysis. The infrared spectra suggest the presence of more peptide residues and carbohydrates in the sedimentary humic acids from surface and around the plant roots at the site colonized by H. portulacoides, when compared with the humic acids from the depth-equivalent sediment layers at the non-colonized site. The higher content of protein-type materials is confirmed by the lowest values of C/N ratios and the highest relative intensities of a band at λexc = 280 nm in the fluorescence spectra. The lowest ε280 values obtained in the UV-visible spectra, and the infrared spectra suggest a lower aromatic content of the humic acids from the colonized site.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1023/b:biog.0000031078.38692.62
ISSN: 0168-2563
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