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Response to Comment on “Dilution limits dissolved organic carbon utilization in the deep ocean”

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Science  18 Dec 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6267, pp. 1483
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac7249

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Abstract

Our recent finding that dilution limits dissolved organic carbon (DOC) utilization in the deep ocean has been criticized based on the common misconception that lability equates to rapid and complete utilization. Even when considering the redefinition of recalcitrant DOC recently proposed by Jiao et al., the dilution hypothesis best explains our experimental observations.

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