The size spectrum predation pressure on the pico-level micro food loop community in the Southern Yellow Sea

Pei Qu

Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China

Min Pang, Zongling Wang & Xinming Pu

Research Center for Marine Ecology, The First Institute of Oceanography, SOA, Qingdao, China

Xuexi Tang*

Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China

ABSTRACT:   To investigate how the pico-level micro food loop transfers energy and material to higher trophic levels, five size spectrum experiments were designed and each was performed at eight levels (3 μm, 5 μm, 10 μm, 20 μm, 50 μm, 100 μm, 200 μm, and pico-2 μm) in August 2011. Environmental factors including temperature, light, nutrients, chlorophyll and initial population were fully taken into account. ...

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