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Volume 12, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 12, 6809–6822, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-6809-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Biogeosciences, 12, 6809–6822, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-6809-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 27 Nov 2015

Research article | 27 Nov 2015

Seasonal and size-dependent variations in the phytoplankton growth and microzooplankton grazing in the southern South China Sea under the influence of the East Asian monsoon

L. Zhou et al.

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Jul 2015) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Linbin Zhou on behalf of the Authors (16 Jul 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (17 Jul 2015) by Koji Suzuki
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (28 Jul 2015)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (24 Aug 2015)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 Aug 2015) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Linbin Zhou on behalf of the Authors (19 Sep 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Sep 2015) by Koji Suzuki
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (30 Sep 2015)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (12 Oct 2015)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (13 Oct 2015) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Linbin Zhou on behalf of the Authors (15 Oct 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Oct 2015) by Koji Suzuki
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (20 Oct 2015)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (20 Oct 2015) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Linbin Zhou on behalf of the Authors (28 Oct 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Oct 2015) by Koji Suzuki
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (14 Nov 2015)
ED: Publish as is (16 Nov 2015) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Linbin Zhou on behalf of the Authors (16 Nov 2015)  Author's response
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We observed that phytoplankton biomass and growth rate (μ), microzooplankton grazing rate (m), and coupling (correlation) between the μ and m significantly varied between the summer and winter, and microzooplankton selectively grazed more on the larger-sized phytoplankton, and a low grazing impact on phytoplankton (m/μ < 50%) in the SSCS. The salient seasonal variations in μ and m, and their coupling were closely related to environmental variables under the influence of the East Asian monsoon.
We observed that phytoplankton biomass and growth rate (μ), microzooplankton grazing rate (m),...
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