Published August 1, 2022 | Version v1
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Functional responses of aggregate-colonizing copepods

  • 1. Technical University of Denmark
  • 2. Laboratoire d'Oceanographie de Villefranche

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The article quantifies the functional response of feeding of three aggregate-colonizing copepods on different types of aggregates. This is important, since these organisms feed on sinking particles such as marine snow, and can therefore have a large effect on the attenuation of vertical flux. The process of aggregate-feeding is expected to be important for the efficiency of the biological pump, but is neither well understood not quantified. Our article sheds light on the copepod-aggregate interactions and provides the range for the feeding rates that these copepods can have on different types of aggregates.

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