Micronutrients and Kelp Cultures: Evidence for Cobalt and Manganese Deficiency in Southern California Deep Seawater

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Science  11 Jun 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4551, pp. 1219-1221
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4551.1219


It has been suggested that naturally occurring copper and zinc concentrations in deep seawater are toxic to marine organisms when the free ion forms are overabundant. The effects of micronutrients on the growth of gametophytes of the ecologically and commercially significant giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) were studied in defined media. The results indicate that toxic copper and zinc ion concentrations as well as cobalt and manganese deficiencies may be among the factors controlling the growth of marine organisms in nature.