The stable carbon isotope ratio of some components of an eelgrass, Zostera marina, bed

  title={The stable carbon isotope ratio of some components of an eelgrass, Zostera marina, bed},
  author={Gordon W. Thayer and Patrick L. Parker and Michael W. LaCroix and Brian Fry},
Living and dead Zostera marina blades, plankton samples, sediments, and several animal components of an eelgrass bed near Beaufort, N.C. were collected and analyzed for 13C/12C ratios (δ 13C). The δ 13C values of producer and consumer organisms were compared in order to examine the possible origins of organic matter present in the consumers. Living and dead eelgrass blades displayed similar δ13C values,-12.2 and-10.6 per mil ‰ respectively, while the epiphytic community growing on the grass… CONTINUE READING
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