On relating physical limits to the carbon: nitrogen ratio of unicellular algae and benthic plants

@article{Baird2004OnRP,
  title={On relating physical limits to the carbon: nitrogen ratio of unicellular algae and benthic plants},
  author={M. E. Baird and J. Middleton},
  journal={Journal of Marine Systems},
  year={2004},
  volume={49},
  pages={169-175}
}
  • M. E. Baird, J. Middleton
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Journal of Marine Systems
  • Unicellular algae such as phytoplankton and benthic microalgae have an elemental ratio of carbon to nitrogen to phosphorus (C/N/P) of approximately 106:16:1, known as the Redfield ratio. Benthic plants, including benthic macroalgae and seagrass, have a significantly different and more variable C/N/P ratio, with a median of 550:30:1, herein called the Atkinson ratio. In this paper, the implications of physically limited light absorption and nutrient uptake, combined with the biological… CONTINUE READING
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