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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4767-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4767-2016
Research article
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23 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 23 Aug 2016

Effect of the silica content of diatom prey on the production, decomposition and sinking of fecal pellets of the copepod Calanus sinicus

Hongbin Liu and Chih-Jung Wu

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The transport of organic C from the surface to the deep ocean by sinking particles composed of remains of dead cells and zooplankton fecal pellets can reduce the atmospheric CO2. Study of the effect of the silica content of diatoms, one of the most important primary products, on the production, degradation and sinking of its fecal pellets provides a better understanding of the complexity and variability of the planktonic food web and its implication on the vertical flux of C in the global ocean.
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