Lorrain Anne, Savoye N., Chauvaud L., Paulet Y.M., Naulet N. (2003). A decarbonation and preservation method for the analysis of organic C and N contents and stable isotope ratios of low-carbonated suspended particulate material. Analytica Chimica Acta, 491, p. 125-133.
Titre du document
A decarbonation and preservation method for the analysis of organic C and N contents and stable isotope ratios of low-carbonated suspended particulate material
Année de publication
Lorrain Anne, Savoye N., Chauvaud L., Paulet Y.M., Naulet N.
Analytica Chimica Acta, 2003,
491, p. 125-133
The aim of this study was to determine a simple routine procedure to preserve, decarbonate and analyse low-carbonated filters of suspended particulate organic matter (POM) for particulate organic carbon and nitrogen content, ?13C and ?15N. Our goal was to analyse these four parameters from a single and entire filter of POM without altering the organic material. First, freezing (-20°C) versus oven-drying (60°C) were compared as the initial preservation step. Afterwards, non-acidified samples were compared to acid-treated samples using 0.12N HCl (diluted HCl rinsing at the end of the filtration) or 12N HCl (filters exposed to HCl fumes for four hours in a dessicator). Regarding the preservation methods, our results indicate that freezing increases the uncertainty of ?15N measurements and, in combination with concentrated HCl treatment, leads to a loss of particulate nitrogen and an alteration of the ?15N signature. Consequently, we recommend drying to preserve filter samples. Regarding acid treatments, we found that (i) diluted HCl would not be sufficient to fully remove the carbonate from our samples, (ii) in contrast, a four-hour exposure of the filters to the HCl fumes was enough to remove all the inorganic carbon, and (iii) the concentrated HCl treatment did not alter the nitrogen measurements (only when drying without freezing is used to preserve the filters). Consequently, we propose that low-carbonated POM filters are preserved by drying and carbonates are removed by exposing the filters to HCl fumes (four hours) for the analysis of particulate organic C and N content and isotope ratios.
Plan de classement
Sciences fondamentales / Techniques d'analyse et de recherche 
Limnologie physique / Océanographie physique