3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
[HTT18-17] A mechanitic metabolic model of nitrogen stable isotope dynamics in trophic processes
Keywords:metabolic model, nitrogen stable isotope, ecological conditions
Based on these observations, we developed a simple dynamic model of the isotopic fractionation in nitrogen metabolic processes that are common to animals composing most grazing food chains. Particularly, we focused on and incorporated the transamination and deamination processes of two classes of amino acid, essential and non-essential, respectively into the model. With this model we investigated how d15N signatures of the two amino acid classes and whole-body change. Preliminary result suggests that the instant isotopic composition of animals are sensitive to the change of their diet composition and growth rate, but on the other hand, the isotopic composition converges as the integrating period becomes long. Based on this model we will discuss possible negative feedback processes in isotopic enrichment for nitrogen to explain the commonly observed trophic-step 15N-enrichment factor through many food chains.