Composition of major elements in phytoplankton cells at balanced growth - The Redfield ratio

Range 106C:16N:1P Molar ratio
Organism phytoplankton
Reference Ilana Berman-Frank and Zvy Dubinsky, Balanced Growth in Aquatic Plants: Myth or Reality? Phytoplankton use the imbalance between carbon assimilation and biomass production to their strategic advantage, BioScience, Vol. 49, No. 1 (Jan., 1999), pp. 29-37
Primary Source Redfield AC, Ketchum BH, Richards FA. 1963. The influence of organisms on the composition of sea-water. Pages 26-77 in Hill MN, ed. The Sea. New York: Wiley Interscience
Comments In phytoplankton cells at balanced growth, the major elements are generally present in relatively constant proportions at the well-known molar ratio of 106C:16N:1P. See BNID 106710
Entered by Uri M
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