Fraction of modern-day oceanic primary production that is contributed by diatoms' photosynthetic activity

Range ~40 %
Organism Biosphere
Reference Hopkinson BM, Dupont CL, Allen AE, Morel FM. Efficiency of the CO2-concentrating mechanism of diatoms. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 8 108(10):3830-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1018062108 p.1 left column 2nd paragraphPubMed ID21321195
Comments P.1 left column 2nd paragraph: "Diatoms evolved during the Mesozoic era and have gradually become major actors in the oceanic cycles of elements (ref 1). Their precipitation of siliceous frustules now dominates the reverse weathering of silica, and their photosynthetic activity contributes some 40% of modern-day oceanic primary production."
Entered by Uri M
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