Allometric scaling and taxonomic variation in nutrient utilization traits and maximum growth rate of phytoplankton

  title={Allometric scaling and taxonomic variation in nutrient utilization traits and maximum growth rate of phytoplankton},
  author={Kyle F. Edwards and Mridul K. Thomas and Christopher A. Klausmeier and Elena Litchman},
  journal={Limnology and Oceanography},
Nutrient utilization traits can be used to link the ecophysiology of phytoplankton to population dynamic models and the structure of communities across environmental gradients. Here we analyze a comprehensive literature compilation of four traits: maximum nutrient uptake rate; the half‐saturation constant for nutrient uptake; the minimum subsistence quota, measured for nitrate and phosphate; and maximum growth rate. We also use these traits to analyze two composite traits, uptake affinity and… 

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