Use and Transfer of Organic Matter in Marine Food Webs

  • Ivan Valiela


In this chapter, we examine the production, use, and loss of dissolved and particulate organic matter in marine food webs. We first highlight microbial aspects of food webs, a subject that has recently undergone major advances. We then review past and current views of marine food webs, briefly mention some aspects of dissolved organic matter, then take a closer look at the major groups of taxa involved in the dynamics of dissolved organic matter, go on with a discussion of a series of loose to obligate interspecies relationships, and then end with an introduction to consumers of particulate food items.


Dissolve Organic Matter Microbial Loop Heterotrophic Flagellate Viral Lysis Gelatinous Zooplankton 
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© Springer-Verlag New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Distinguished Scientist The Ecosystems CenterMarine Biological LaboratoryWoods HoleUSA

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