Decreasing phytoplankton size adversely affects ocean food chains

Keith Brander*, Thomas Kiørboe

*Corresponding author for this work

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Skilful projection of the impacts of global changes on marine systems depends on better representation of the mechanisms that link processes across scales from the sub-microscopic to the oceanic. The diversity, complexity and range of scales over which the life histories of bacteria, primary producers and animals play out in the oceans makes this is a daunting challenge. However, a recent paper on the increasing abundance of picocyanobacteria in NE Atlantic shelf waters in summer (Schmidt et al. 2020) provides an example of our ability to observe and interpret across a huge range of scales.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Change Biology
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)5356-5357
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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