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https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5983-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-5983-2016
Research article
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02 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 02 Nov 2016

Growth of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi in light- and nutrient-limited batch reactors: relevance for the BIOSOPE deep ecological niche of coccolithophores

Laura Perrin, Ian Probert, Gerald Langer, and Giovanni Aloisi

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Coccolithophores are calcifying marine algae that play an important role in the oceanic carbon cycle. Deep niches of coccolithophores exist in the ocean and are poorly understood. Laboratory cultures with the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi were carried out to reproduce the environmental conditions (light–nutrient limitation) of a deep niche in the South Pacific Ocean. Physiological modelling of experimental results allows us to estimate the growth rates of coccolithophores in this niche.
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