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Volume 12, issue 22
Biogeosciences, 12, 6809–6822, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-6809-2015
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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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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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