Editor: Ian Head
Independence of bacteria on phytoplankton? Insufficient support for Fouilland & Mostajir's (2010) suggested new concept
Article first published online: 1 AUG 2011
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FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Volume 78, Issue 2, pages 203–205, November 2011
How to Cite
Morán, X. A. G. and Alonso-Sáez, L. (2011), Independence of bacteria on phytoplankton? Insufficient support for Fouilland & Mostajir's (2010) suggested new concept. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 78: 203–205. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01167.x
- Issue published online: 14 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 1 AUG 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 6 JUL 2011 11:13AM EST
- Received 14 March 2011; accepted 21 June 2011., Final version published online 1 August 2011.
- aquatic systems;
- trophic coupling
In a recent review, Fouilland & Mostajir questioned the direct dependence of bacterioplankton on phytoplankton based on a dataset of total primary production (particulate plus dissolved) and bacterial carbon demand (bacterial production plus respiration) estimated rates. We point out two problems for this interpretation. Firstly, there is considerable uncertainty in the authors' application of conversion factors to raw data and modelled rates so that the shape of the scatterplots can be substantially altered. Secondly, the current conceptual view of dissolved organic carbon lability and its temporal and spatial variations still provides enough support for the accepted paradigm.