A highly unsaturated fatty acid predicts carbon transfer between primary producers and consumers

@article{MllerNavarra2000AHU,
  title={A highly unsaturated fatty acid predicts carbon transfer between primary producers and consumers},
  author={D{\"o}rthe C. M{\"u}ller-Navarra and Michael T. Brett and Anne M. Liston and Charles Remington Goldman},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={403},
  pages={74-77}
}
The factors that regulate energy transfer between primary producers and consumers in aquatic ecosystems have been investigated for more than 50 years (refs 1,2,3). Among all levels of the food web (plants, herbivores, carnivores), the plant–animal interface is the most variable and least predictable link. In hypereutrophic lakes, for example, biomass and energy transfer is often inhibited at the phytoplankton–zooplankton link, resulting in an accumulation of phytoplankton biomass instead of… 

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