• Javier Romero
  • Kun-Seop Lee
  • Marta Pérez
  • Miguel A. Mateo
  • Teresa Alcoverro


The term‘nutrient’ applies to any material that, taken into a living organism, serves to sustain it in its existence, promoting growth, replacing losses, or providing energy. In the framework of primary production ecology, the term‘nutrients’ is usually understood as ‘inorganic nutrients’, that is, inorganic salts or ions that provide the elements necessary for plant survival, growth, and reproduction. Almost all the natural occurring elements are found in plant tissues; however, only a reduced number (17) are necessary for plant growth: these are called essential elements.


Seagrass Meadow Zostera Marina Nutrient Resorption Dissolve Organic Phosphorus Posidonia Oceanica 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Romero
    • 1
  • Kun-Seop Lee
    • 2
  • Marta Pérez
    • 3
  • Miguel A. Mateo
    • 3
  • Teresa Alcoverro
    • 4
  1. 1.Departament d’EcologiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of BiologyPusan National UniversityPusanKorea
  3. 3.Departament d’EcologiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Centre d’Estudis Avançats de BlanesBlanesSpain

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