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Plankton: the paradox and the power law

Law, Richard; Cuesta, José A.; Delius, Gustav W.;
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  • Published: 15 May 2017
Two basic features of assemblages of unicellular plankton: (1) their high biodiversity and (2) the power-law structure of their abundance, can be explained by an allometric scaling of cell growth and mortality with respect to cell size. To show this, we describe a numerical study of a size-structured, multispecies, population-dynamic model; the model has a single resource, supporting an arbitrary number of phytoplankton and zooplankton species. If the number of plankton species is large enough, the death rate of prey and cell growth rate of predators have approximate allometric scalings with cell size. Together, these scalings give rise to an equilibrium distrib...
Medical Subject Headings: fungi
free text keywords: Quantitative Biology - Populations and Evolution, Physics - Biological Physics
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Science, Technology, and Society Initiative to minimize Unwanted Catches in European Fisheries
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 634495
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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