Functional responses of aggregate-colonizing copepods
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.