Comment on “Dilution limits dissolved organic carbon utilization in the deep ocean”

Nianzhi Jiao, Louis Legendre, Carol Robinson, Helmuth Thomas, Ya-Wei Luo, Hongyue Dang, Jihua Liu, Rui Zhang, Kai Tang, Tingwei Luo, Chao Li, Xiaoxue Wang, Chuanlun Zhang

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Arrieta et al. (Reports, 17 April 2015, p. 331) propose that low concentrations of labile dissolved organic carbon (DOC) preclude prokaryotic consumption of a substantial fraction of DOC in the deep ocean and that this dilution acts as an alternative mechanism to recalcitrance for long-term DOC storage. Here, we show that the authors’ data do not support their claims.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1483a
Number of pages2
Issue number6267
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2015

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