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|Title:||Spatial variability of biochemical composition in coral reef sediments of Kavaratti and Pitti islands, Lakshadweep archipelago|
|Keywords:||Coral reef sediments;Kavaratti;Pitti;Organic matter;Biochemical composition;Labile organic matter|
|Abstract:||In this study, variability of biochemical composition in the surficial coral reef sediments of Kavaratti and Pitti islands in Lakshadweeep archipelago was investigated. Biochemical composition of sedimentary organic matter from the study area was characterized by the dominance of proteins in Pitti and carbohydrates in Kavaratti over lipids. The percentage ratio of the labile to total organic matter indicated that most of the deposited organic matter was refractory in both environments. The higher PRT:CHO ratios in Pitti sediments compared to that of Kavaratti indicated that in the former there was low dead organic matter accumulation. The lower LPD:CHO ratios estimated for sediments in both islands indicated low quality of labile organic matter to support benthic fauna.|
|ISSN:||0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.48(03) [March 2019]|
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