Iron deficiency limits phytoplankton growth in the north-east Pacific subarctic

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Martin, J. H., & Fitzwater, S. E. (1988). Iron deficiency limits phytoplankton growth in the north-east Pacific subarctic. Nature, 331(6154), 341-343.
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TitleIron deficiency limits phytoplankton growth in the north-east Pacific subarctic
AuthorsH. Martin, E. Fitzwater
AbstractAn interesting oceanographic problem concerns the excess major plant nutrients (PO 4, NO 3, SiO 3) occurring in offshore surface waters of the Antarctic 1-3 and north-east Pacific subarctic Oceans 4. In a previous study 5, we presented indirect evidence suggesting that inadequate Fe input was responsible for this limitation of growth; recently we had the opportunity to seek direct evidence for this hypothesis in the north-east Pacific subarctic. We report here that the addition of nmol amounts of dissolved iron resulted in the nearly complete utilization of excess NO 3, whereas in the controls-without added Fe-only 25% of the available NO 3 was used. We also observed that the amounts of chlorophyll in the phytoplankton increased in proportion to the Fe added. We conclude that Fe deficiency is limiting phytoplankton growth in these major-nutrient-rich waters.
JournalNature
Date1988
Start page341
End page343
ISSN00280836
NoteCited By (since 1996):854

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