Optimal phytoplankton cell size in an allometric model

@inproceedings{Verdy2009OptimalPC,
  title={Optimal phytoplankton cell size in an allometric model},
  author={Ariane Verdy and Mick Follows and Glenn Richard Flierl},
  year={2009}
}
The competitive ability of phytoplankton cells is simulated in a model chemostat in which cell size is considered to be an adaptive trait. Parameters describing nutrient uptake kinetics are constrained by empirically derived allometric rules. With a steady input of a single nutrient, the evolutionarily stable cell size is selected through competition among phytoplankton. We find that large cells may be favored when (1) phytoplankton growth is limited by the rate at which internally stored… CONTINUE READING

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