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


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2022-139', Anonymous Referee #1, 01 Aug 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Emily Zakem, 08 Sep 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2022-139', Christopher Somes, 04 Aug 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Emily Zakem, 08 Sep 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (22 Sep 2022) by Caroline P. Slomp
AR by Emily Zakem on behalf of the Authors (18 Oct 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 Oct 2022) by Caroline P. Slomp
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.
Final-revised paper