Articles | Volume 12, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 12, 6809–6822, 2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 6809–6822, 2015

Research article 27 Nov 2015

Research article | 27 Nov 2015

Seasonal and size-dependent variations in the phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing in the southern South China Sea under the influence of the East Asian monsoon

L. Zhou et al.

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We observed that phytoplankton biomass and growth rate (μ), microzooplankton grazing rate (m), and coupling (correlation) between the μ and m significantly varied between the summer and winter, and microzooplankton selectively grazed more on the larger-sized phytoplankton, and a low grazing impact on phytoplankton (m/μ < 50%) in the SSCS. The salient seasonal variations in μ and m, and their coupling were closely related to environmental variables under the influence of the East Asian monsoon.
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