Plankton ecology: The past two decades of progress

Sommer, Ulrich (1996) Plankton ecology: The past two decades of progress Naturwissenschaften, 83 (7). pp. 293-301. DOI 10.1007/BF01152210.

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This is a selected account of recent developments
in plankton ecology. The examples have been
chosen for their degree of innovation during the
past two decades and for their general ecological
importance. They range from plankton autecology
over interactions between populations to community
ecology. The autecology of plankton is
represented by the hydromechanics of plankton
(the problem of life in a viscous environment) and
by the nutritional ecology of phyto- and zooplankton.
Population level studies are represented
by competition, herbivory (grazing), and zooplankton
responses to predation. Community
ecology is represented by the debate about bottom-
up vs. top-down control of community organization,
by the PEG model of seasonal plankton
succession, and by the recent discovery of the microbial
food web.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Food Webs; Plankton ecology
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EOE-N Experimental Ecology - Food Webs
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1007/BF01152210
ISSN: 0028-1042
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2012 08:40
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 12:49

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