• James N. Kremer
  • Scott W. Nixon
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 24)


The keystone of the phytoplankton formulation (Fig. 14) is the maximum growth rate, which is given as an exponential function of temperature. Since photosynthesis and consequent growth are physiological processes, this would appear to be an acceptable assumption, and a Q 10 of about 2.0 might be expected. In fact, in a review of the subject, Eppley (1972) presents strong evidence for an upper physiological limit to phytoplankton growth in conditions where neither light nor nutrients were believed to be limiting (Fig. 15A). He suggests the equation:
$${{\log }_{{10}}}\mu = 0.0275\cdot Temp - 0.070$$
Where: μ=specific growth rate, divisions per day and Temp = temperature,oC.


Specific Growth Rate Phytoplankton Growth Instantaneous Rate Phytoplankton Population Sinking Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James N. Kremer
    • 1
  • Scott W. Nixon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of OceanographyUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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