A comment on the proper use of nutrient ratios in microalgal ecology
published: Sep 16, 1999
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Repeatable species dominance patterns across nutrient ratio gradients are found both in culture competition experiments and in natural waters. However, the mechanisms behind these similar patterns need not to be identical. In chemostat experiments, such patterns are caused by the two-way competitive interactions between contemporaneously occurring organisms. Nutrient competition may be important in situ too, but there is an additional effect of early successional species influencing the nutrient environment for later successional species, without being influenced themselves by their successors.