Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Research article
06 Feb 2019
Research article |  | 06 Feb 2019

Main drivers of transparent exopolymer particle distribution across the surface Atlantic Ocean

Marina Zamanillo, Eva Ortega-Retuerta, Sdena Nunes, Pablo Rodríguez-Ros, Manuel Dall'Osto, Marta Estrada, Maria Montserrat Sala, and Rafel Simó


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Nov 2018) by S. Wajih A. Naqvi
AR by Rafel Simó on behalf of the Authors (12 Dec 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Dec 2018) by S. Wajih A. Naqvi
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (27 Dec 2018)
ED: Publish as is (30 Dec 2018) by S. Wajih A. Naqvi
Short summary
Many marine microorganisms produce polysaccharide-rich transparent exopolymer particles (TEPs) for rather unknown reasons but with important consequences for the ocean carbon cycle, sea–air gas exchange and formation of organic aerosols. Here we compare surface–ocean distributions of TEPs and physical, chemical and biological variables along a N–S transect in the Atlantic Ocean. Our data suggest that phytoplankton and not bacteria are the main TEP producers, and solar radiation acts as a sink.
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