Interplay between Energy Limitation and Nutritional Deficiency : Empirical Data and Food Web Models

  title={Interplay between Energy Limitation and Nutritional Deficiency : Empirical Data and Food Web Models},
  author={Ursula Gaedke and SILKE HOCHST{\"A}DTER and Dietmar Straile},
Food quality may play an important role in consumer population dynamics. The frequently large differences in elemental and biochemical composition observed between autotrophs and their grazers suggest that food quality may be of particular importance for herbivores. Under nutrient-depleted conditions the carbon-to-nutrient ratios of autotrophs can increase to such an extent that consumers become nutrient rather than energy limited. Estimating the importance of this effect in situ in pelagic… CONTINUE READING
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