The Paradox of the Plankton

@article{Hutchinson1961ThePO,
  title={The Paradox of the Plankton},
  author={G. Hutchinson},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1961},
  volume={95},
  pages={137 - 145}
}
  • G. Hutchinson
  • Published 1961
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
  • The problem that I wish to discuss in the present contribution is raised by the very paradoxical situation of the plankton, particularly the phytoplankton, of relatively large bodies of water. We know from laboratory experiments conducted by many workers over a long period of time (summary in Provasoli and Pintner, 1960) that most members of the phytoplankton are phototrophs, able to reproduce and build up populations in inorganic media containing a source of CO2, inorganic nitrogen, sulphur… CONTINUE READING
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