Allometry and stoichiometry of unicellular, colonial and multicellular phytoplankton

Beardall, John, Allen, Drew, Bragg, Jason, Finkel, Zoe V., Flynn, Kevin J., Quigg, Antonietta, Rees, T. Alwyn V., Richardson, Anthony and Raven, John A. (2009) Allometry and stoichiometry of unicellular, colonial and multicellular phytoplankton. New Phytologist, 181 2: 295-309. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02660.x

Author Beardall, John
Allen, Drew
Bragg, Jason
Finkel, Zoe V.
Flynn, Kevin J.
Quigg, Antonietta
Rees, T. Alwyn V.
Richardson, Anthony
Raven, John A.
Title Allometry and stoichiometry of unicellular, colonial and multicellular phytoplankton
Journal name New Phytologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-8137
Publication date 2009
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02660.x
Volume 181
Issue 2
Start page 295
End page 309
Total pages 15
Editor F. Ian Woodward
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley- Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Abstract Phytoplankton life forms, including unicells, colonies, pseudocolonies, and multicellular organisms, span a huge size range. The smallest unicells are less than 1 µm3 (e.g. cyanobacteria), while large unicellular diatoms may attain 109 µm3, being visible to the naked eye. Phytoplankton includes chemo-organotrophic unicells, colonies and multicellular organisms that depend on symbionts or kleptoplastids for their capacity to photosynthesize. Analyses of physical (transport within cells, diffusion boundary layers, package effect, turgor, and vertical movements) and biotic (grazing, viruses and other parasitoids) factors indicate potential ecological constraints and opportunities that differ among the life forms. There are also variations among life forms in elemental stoichiometry and in allometric relations between biovolume and specific growth. While many of these factors probably have ecological and evolutionary significance, work is needed to establish those that are most important, warranting explicit description in models. Other factors setting limitations on growth rate (selecting slow-growing species) await elucidation.
Keyword allometry
multicellular organism
vertical motion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Published online 2008 and in journal 2009

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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