A mesoscale phytoplankton bloom in the polar Southern Ocean stimulated by iron fertilization

  title={A mesoscale phytoplankton bloom in the polar Southern Ocean stimulated by iron fertilization},
  author={P. Boyd and A. J. Watson and C. Law and E. Abraham and T. Trull and Rob C. Murdoch and D. Bakker and A. R. Bowie and K. Buesseler and H. Chang and M. Charette and P. Croot and Ken Downing and R. Frew and M. Gall and M. Hadfield and J. Hall and M. Harvey and Greg Jameson and J. LaRoche and M. Liddicoat and R. Ling and M. Maldonado and R. Mckay and S. Nodder and Stu Pickmere and R. Pridmore and Steve Rintoul and Karl A. Safi and P. Sutton and R. Strzepek and Kim Tanneberger and S. Turner and A. Waite and J. Zeldis},
  • P. Boyd, A. J. Watson, +32 authors J. Zeldis
  • Published 2000
  • Chemistry, Medicine, Environmental Science
  • Nature
  • Changes in iron supply to oceanic plankton are thought to have a significant effect on concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide by altering rates of carbon sequestration, a theory known as the ‘iron hypothesis’. For this reason, it is important to understand the response of pelagic biota to increased iron supply. Here we report the results of a mesoscale iron fertilization experiment in the polar Southern Ocean, where the potential to sequester iron-elevated algal carbon is probably… CONTINUE READING
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