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Biogeosciences, 18, 5595–5607, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5595-2021

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Biogeosciences, 18, 5595–5607, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5595-2021
Research article
18 Oct 2021
Research article | 18 Oct 2021

Grazing behavior and winter phytoplankton accumulation

Mara Freilich et al.

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Observations reveal that in some regions phytoplankton biomass increases during the wintertime when growth conditions are sub-optimal, which has been attributed to a release from grazing during mixed layer deepening. Measurements of grazer populations to support this theory are lacking. We demonstrate that a release from grazing when the winter mixed layer is deepening holds only for certain grazing models, extending the use of phytoplankton observations to make inferences about grazer dynamics.
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