Crustacean zooplankton release copious amounts of dissolved organic matter as taurine in the ocean

  title={Crustacean zooplankton release copious amounts of dissolved organic matter as taurine in the ocean},
  author={Elisabeth L Clifford and Dennis A. Hansell and Marta M. Varela and Mar Nieto-Cid and Gerhard J. Herndl and Eva Sintes},
  journal={Limnology and Oceanography},
  pages={2745 - 2758}
Abstract Taurine (Tau), an amino acid‐like compound, is present in almost all marine metazoans including crustacean zooplankton. It plays an important physiological role in these organisms and is released into the ambient water throughout their life cycle. However, limited information is available on the release rates by marine organisms, the concentrations and turnover of Tau in the ocean. We determined dissolved free Tau concentrations throughout the water column and its release by abundant… Expand
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