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The Dependence of Marine Primary Productivity on Limiting Phosphate and Nitrate

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Title: The Dependence of Marine Primary Productivity on Limiting Phosphate and Nitrate
Authors: Stecker, Cindy
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Plant production by photosynthesis in the ocean is of supreme importance because it forms the base of the whole marine food pyramid. The greatest aquatic photosynthesizers are collectively called phytoplankton, a term encompassing the algae (including the blue-green), dinoflagellates, silica flagellates and diatoms (Strickland, 1945). Hawaiian waters, like most tropical waters, are typically oligotrophic (Steeman-Nielsen, 1960), with sparse phytoplankton populations. Nutrient-poor water may be one factor causing this condition. If this is the case, the enrichment of ocean water with these vital nutrients should cause an increase in growth, resulting in a detectable increase in photosynthesis. The main consideration of this project was to measure the possible increase of photosynthesis with different combinations of nutrient enrichment.
Pages/Duration: 14 pages
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