Optimal allocation backs Droop’s cell-quota model.

Pahlow, Markus and Oschlies, Andreas (2013) Optimal allocation backs Droop’s cell-quota model. Open Access Marine Ecology Progress Series, 473 . pp. 1-5. DOI 10.3354/meps10181.

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Droop’s cell-quota model is the most successful description of phytoplankton growth in laboratory cultures and is increasingly being introduced into the ecosystem components of biogeochemical models. Although the Droop model’s parameters can be easily interpreted in biological terms, it was nevertheless derived empirically and lacks a sound mechanistic foundation. Here we derive Droop’s model from a simple optimality condition which maximises net growth rate. Our approach links the maximum cell quota to the cost of nutrient acquisition and suggests that respiration is influenced more strongly by C fixation than by N assimilation.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: WOS:000313780300001
Keywords: Optimality-based model · Cell quota · Droop model
Research affiliation: OceanRep > SFB 754 > B2
OceanRep > SFB 754
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-BM Biogeochemical Modeling
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.3354/meps10181
ISSN: 0171-8630
Projects: SFB754, Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 09:19
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 00:10
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/20583

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