NANOPHYTOPLANKTON PHYSIOLOGY AND THE CARBON CYCLE

Foch-Gatrell, Sian (2015) NANOPHYTOPLANKTON PHYSIOLOGY AND THE CARBON CYCLE. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

Laboratory experiments on the physiological response of members of the nanophytoplankton to temperature and light limitation and nutrient saturation were conducted in order to investigate if nanophytoplankton conforms to Plankton Functional Types (PFTs) for modelling purposes. This thesis concluded that nanophytoplankton does not follow all of the assumed physiological traits.
The Q10 estimates for members of the nanophytoplankton are considerably lower than Eppley, and since nanophytoplankton does not follow the Eppley curve at warmer temperatures, the results suggest that the Eppley assumptions cannot be used to describe nanophytoplankton. μmax0 is used as a temperature physiological modelling parameter (as well as Q10) which are components of the exponential and linear fits. However, nanophytoplankton best fits to an optimum function which uses μopt, Topt and dT as model parameters. These results are in contrast to the Eppley assumptions.
Using a dynamic photosynthesis model five phytophysiological parameters were derived including the maximum photosynthesis rate (

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Stacey Armes
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 15:31
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2016 15:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59615
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