Is the global primary production at it’s maximum rate?

Lauderdale and co-authors (2020, see reference below) are seriously questioning the paradigm establishing that marine phytoplankton growth is limited by iron on a global scale. Iron availability to marine microbes is facilitated by binding with organic molecules which, in turn, are produced by microbes. The authors hypothesize this forms a reinforcing cycle between biological activity […]

Feb / 25 / 2020

Can phytoplankton help us determine the bioavailability of iron in the world ocean?

Joint Science Highlight with US Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB). Iron (Fe) is a key element to life but in seawater it is present at extremely low concentrations. The scarcity of this important micronutrient limits phytoplankton growth in large swaths of the global ocean with consequences to the marine food-web and carbon cycling. Understanding the […]

Feb / 24 / 2020