The oligotrophic ocean is heterotrophic.

@article{Duarte2013TheOO,
  title={The oligotrophic ocean is heterotrophic.},
  author={Carlos M Duarte and Aurore Regaudie-de-Gioux and Jes{\'u}s M Arrieta and Antonio Delgado-Huertas and Susana Agust{\'i}},
  journal={Annual review of marine science},
  year={2013},
  volume={5},
  pages={551-69}
}
Incubation (in vitro) and incubation-free (in situ) methods, each with their own advantages and limitations, have been used to derive estimates of net community metabolism in the oligotrophic subtropical gyres of the open ocean. The hypothesis that heterotrophic communities are prevalent in most oligotrophic regions is consistent with the available evidence and supported by scaling relationships showing that heterotrophic communities prevail in areas of low gross primary production, low… CONTINUE READING
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