Global relationship between phytoplankton diversity and productivity in the ocean

@inproceedings{Vallina2014GlobalRB,
  title={Global relationship between phytoplankton diversity and productivity in the ocean},
  author={Sergio M. Vallina and Michael J. Follows and Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Jos{\'e} M Montoya and Pedro Cerme{\~n}o and Michel Loreau},
  booktitle={Nature communications},
  year={2014}
}
The shape of the productivity-diversity relationship (PDR) for marine phytoplankton has been suggested to be unimodal, that is, diversity peaking at intermediate levels of productivity. However, there are few observations and there has been little attempt to understand the mechanisms that would lead to such a shape for planktonic organisms. Here we use a marine ecosystem model together with the community assembly theory to explain the shape of the unimodal PDR we obtain at the global scale. The… CONTINUE READING
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