Excretion and Mineralisation Processes in the Open Sea

  • E. Corner
  • U. Brockmann
  • J. C. Goldman
  • G. A. Jackson
  • R. P. LeBorgne
  • M. Lewis
  • A. Yayanos
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 13)


A key feature of the sea area discussed was that the vast majority of the organic material was in the dissolved form (Cauwet, 1981). A substantial fraction of this has still not been adequately characterized chemically (Moppe and Degens, 1979). We occasionally touched on the question of what was dissolved and what was not, but had no clear answer. Estimates seemed to depend on the pore-size of the filters used and it should be noted that some bacteria will not be collected by filters with a pore-size of 0.4μm (Sharp, 1973).


Dissolve Organic Matter Fecal Pellet Sediment Trap Euphotic Zone Excretion Product 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Corner
    • 1
  • U. Brockmann
    • 2
  • J. C. Goldman
    • 3
  • G. A. Jackson
    • 4
  • R. P. LeBorgne
    • 5
  • M. Lewis
    • 6
  • A. Yayanos
    • 4
  1. 1.The Laboratory Citadel HillMarine Biological Association of U.K.Plymouth, DevonUK
  2. 2.Institut für Organische Chemie u. BiochemieUniversität HamburgHamburg 12F. D. R.
  3. 3.Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA
  4. 4.Scripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaUSA
  5. 5.Centre Oceanologique de BretagneBrest CedexFrance
  6. 6.Marine Ecology LaboratoryBedford Institute of OceanographyDartmouthCanada

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