Widespread iron limitation of phytoplankton in the south pacific ocean

  title={Widespread iron limitation of phytoplankton in the south pacific ocean},
  author={Behrenfeld and Kolber},
  volume={283 5403},
Diel fluorescence patterns were discovered in phytoplankton sampled over 7000 kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean that appear indicative of iron-limiting growth conditions. These patterns were rapidly lost after in situ iron enrichment and were not observed during a 15,000-kilometer transect in the Atlantic Ocean where iron concentrations are relatively high. Laboratory studies of marine Synechococcus sp. indicated that the patterns in the South Pacific are a unique manifestation of iron… CONTINUE READING
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