Mesozooplankton grazing effect on primary production: A global comparative analysis in marine ecosystems

  title={Mesozooplankton grazing effect on primary production: A global comparative analysis in marine ecosystems},
  author={Albert Calbet},
  journal={Limnology and Oceanography},
  • A. Calbet
  • Published 1 November 2001
  • Environmental Science
  • Limnology and Oceanography
A comparative analysis of the importance of mesozooplankton (200–20,000 µm) as grazers of the phytoplanktonic primary production (PP) across a wide spectrum of marine ecosystems revealed mesozooplankton ingestion rates to increase nonlinearly with increasing PP. The slope of the log‐log relationship between ingestion rates and PP was significantly ,1, indicating a decline of relative importance of mesozooplankton grazing with increasing PP. The effect of mesozooplankton on PP (as the percent PP… 

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