Degradation of copepod faecal pellets in the upper layer: role of microbial community and Calanus finmarchicus

@inproceedings{Svensen2012DegradationOC,
  title={Degradation of copepod faecal pellets in the upper layer: role of microbial community and Calanus finmarchicus},
  author={Camilla Svensen and Christian Wexels Riser and Marit Reigstad and Lena Seuthe},
  year={2012}
}
Copepod faecal pellets (FP) are considered important contributors to vertical carbon flux, but investigations comparing FP production with FP export using sediment traps conclude that vertical export is not their only fate. FP are degraded to a large extent in the upper 60 m, and even among large, fast-sinking FP, only a fraction reaches sediment traps deeper than 200 m. Retention mechanisms for copepod FP are still not well understood. In order to investigate the relative importance of the… CONTINUE READING

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