Articles | Volume 19, issue 23
Research article
02 Dec 2022
Research article |  | 02 Dec 2022

Controls on the relative abundances and rates of nitrifying microorganisms in the ocean

Emily J. Zakem, Barbara Bayer, Wei Qin, Alyson E. Santoro, Yao Zhang, and Naomi M. Levine

Model code and software

eco-nitrify_Cfixation Emily J. Zakem

Short summary
We use a microbial ecosystem model to quantitatively explain the mechanisms controlling observed relative abundances and nitrification rates of ammonia- and nitrite-oxidizing microorganisms in the ocean. We also estimate how much global carbon fixation can be associated with chemoautotrophic nitrification. Our results improve our understanding of the controls on nitrification, laying the groundwork for more accurate predictions in global climate models.
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