The influence of nitrogen inputs on biomass and trophic structure of ocean plankton: a study using biomass and stable isotope size-spectra
KAUST DepartmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
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AbstractLarge scale patterns in planktonic food web structure were studied by applying continuous size-scaled models of biomass and δ15N to plankton samples, collected at 145 stations during the Malaspina-2010 Expedition across three ocean basins and including major biomes. Carbon biomass and δ15N were determined in size-fractionated samples (40 to 5000 μm) collected by vertical hauls (0–200 m). Biomass-normalized size-spectra were constructed to summarize food web structure and spatial patterns in spectral parameters were analyzed using geographically-weighted regression analysis. Except in the northwestern Atlantic, size-spectra showed low variability, reflecting a homogeneity in nitrogen sources and food web structure for the central oceans. Estimated predator-to-prey mass ratios <104 and mean trophic transfer efficiency values between 16% (coastal biome) and >20% (Trades and Westerlies biomes) suggested that oceanic plankton food webs may support a larger number of trophic levels than current estimates based on high efficiency values. The largest changes in spectral parameters and nitrogen sources were related to inputs of atmospheric nitrogen, either from diazotrophic organisms or dust deposition. These results suggest geographic homogeneity in the net transfer of nitrogen up the food web.
CitationMompeán C, Bode A, Latasa M, Fernández-Castro B, Mouriño-Carballido B, et al. (2016) The influence of nitrogen inputs on biomass and trophic structure of ocean plankton: a study using biomass and stable isotope size-spectra. Journal of Plankton Research 38: 1163–1177. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plankt/fbw052.
SponsorsMalaspina-2010 (CSD2008-00077) funded by program CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010; Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain), project EURO-BASIN (FP7-ENV-2010 264933) of the EU; Instituto Español de Oceanografia (IEO); PFPI (grant of IEO) to C.M.; FPU grant from the Spanish government (AP2010-5594) to B.F.-C.
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
JournalJournal of Plankton Research