Modeling Phytoplankton Carbon Metabolism

  • T. T. Bannister
  • E. A. Laws
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 19)


At a 1977 meeting at the Bigelow Laboratories, there were two recurrent questions: (1) What is the value of the assimilation number? and (2) Do different values signify changes in the nutrient supply? The answers we would currently give to these questions are (1) there is a range of values determined primarily by the light regime in which the alga has grown, and (2) the assimilation number appears to be insensitive to nutrient stress except perhaps when the stress is very severe. The bases for these answers will be presented.


Light Curve Light Regime Continuous Light Adaptive Parameter Thalassiosira Pseudonana 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. T. Bannister
    • 1
  • E. A. Laws
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of OceanographyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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