Journal article

A protocol to assess the enzymatic release of dissolved organic phosphorus species in waters under environmentally relevant conditions

Phil Monbett, Ian D Mckelvie, Asep Saefumillah, Paul J Worsfold

Environmental Science and Technology | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2007


A protocol to assess the potential release of dissolved reactive phosphorus (DRP) by enzymatic hydrolysis of dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) in waters (sediment porewater and sewage liquors in this study) under environmental conditions is presented. This protocol enables the quantification of different classes of DOP compounds using a variety of phosphatase enzymes, i.e., alkaline phosphatase, phosphodiesterase, and phytase. All experiments were carried out within the pH range of most natural waters, i.e., at neutral (pH 7) or slightly alkaline pH (pH 9). Tri-sodium citrate and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) were used in the assays to prevent interferences due to adsorption processes in the..

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