Nutrient Excretion of Zooplankton Collected from Naples Reef in the Santa Barbara Channel at the end of the summer season in 2019

Katherine Le
Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera , requires a constant supply of nutrients to maintain rapid growth throughout the year. However, during the summer season, the two major sources of nutrients—terrestrial runoff and upwelling—are absent. We propose that nutrient regeneration by zooplankton plays an important role in providing the necessary nutrients for giant kelp. In this study, we present results from two excretion trials that were conducted in late summer. Our results reveal that the abundance of...
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