Phosphorus Excretion and Body Size in Marine Animals: Microzooplankton and Nutrient Regeneration

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Science  13 Nov 1964:
Vol. 146, Issue 3646, pp. 923-924
DOI: 10.1126/science.146.3646.923


In marine animals the rate of excretion of dissolved phosphorus per unit weight increases as body weight decreases. As a consequence microzooplankton may play a major role in planktonic nutrient regeneration.