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Size of marine phytoplankton: Why does it matter?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Marine phytoplankton, such as diatoms and coccolithophores, constitute the base of the marine food chain and are a fundamental component in biogeochemical cycles. The overall ecological success of marine phytoplankton, but also its taxonomic diversity and size distribution, determines the efficiency by which fixed carbon is transferred to higher trophic levels and into the deep ocean- and sedimentary carbon reservoirs. In recent years, several hypotheses have been invoked to explain distinct macroevolutionary decreases in the cell size of phytoplankton during the Cenozoic. Global, long-term cooling has been cast a major role in driving these cell size decreases. Despite overall correspondence between long-term trends, however, it's becoming more and more clear that not all phytoplankton dance to the same tune. The latter is particularly evident when looking at different coccolithophore lineages. Here, I will review the state-of-the-art and highlight some open avenues that are worth exploring.

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2011. 9- p.
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Natural Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179824OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179824DiVA: diva2:546469
The 2nd Wiman Meeting, Uppsala 17-18 November
Available from: 2012-08-23 Created: 2012-08-23 Last updated: 2012-08-23

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