Articles | Volume 15, issue 9
Research article
09 May 2018
Research article |  | 09 May 2018

Marine phytoplankton stoichiometry mediates nonlinear interactions between nutrient supply, temperature, and atmospheric CO2

Allison R. Moreno, George I. Hagstrom, Francois W. Primeau, Simon A. Levin, and Adam C. Martiny

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