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Collos, Y., Jauzein, C., & Hatey, E. (2014). Particulate carbon and nitrogen determinations in tracer studies: The neglected variables. Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 94, 14–22.
We address two issues in the determination of particulate carbon and nitrogen in suspended matter of aquatic environments. One is the adsorption of dissolved organic matter on filters, leading to overestimate particulate matter. The second is the material loss during filtration due to fragile algal cells breaking up. Examples from both laboratory cultures and natural samples are presented. We recommend using stacked filters in order to estimate the first and filtering different volumes of water in order to evaluate the second.