Marine microplankton diversity database

Sal, S, Lopez-Urrutia, A, Irigoien, X, Harbour, D and Harris, RP 2013 Marine microplankton diversity database. Ecology, 94 (7). 1658 - 1658.

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Many macroecological theories have been developed to study the diversity on our planet. All these theories require the existence of consistent databases to test their predictions. In this work, we compiled a data set of marine microplankton species abundances at 788 stations with an extensive geographical coverage. Data were collected on different oceanographic cruises between 1992 and 2002. This database consists of abundances (cells/mL) for each species at each station and depth, together with estimates of the biomass and biovolume for each species. One of the key strengths in this database is that species identifications were made by the same taxonomist, which provides greater strength to the collection and ensures that estimates of species diversity are reliable. Environmental information has also been compiled at each station (chlorophyll, temperature, photosynthetically active radiation [PAR], nutrients) in order to have a characterization of the study area and to be used in studies on the environmental and biological controls of marine biodiversity.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Life Support Systems (expired)
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