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Bacterial Grazing by Planktonic Lake Algae

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Science  31 Jan 1986:
Vol. 231, Issue 4737, pp. 493-495
DOI: 10.1126/science.231.4737.493

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Abstract

Six common species of lake algae were found to ingest bacteria. The ingestion rates measured were of the same magnitude as those recorded for marine microflagellates totally dependent on external sources of carbon. A large biomass of Dinobryon species removed more bacteria from the water column of a lake than crustaceans, rotifers, and ciliates combined.

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