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Towards a more biologically realistic use of Droop's equations to model growth under multiple nutrient limitation
Department of Biology, McGill University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0107-9374
Department of Biology, McGill University.
2010 (English)In: Oikos, ISSN 0030-1299, E-ISSN 1600-0706, Vol. 119, no 6, 897-907 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Droop's model was originally designed to describe the growth of unicellular phytoplankton species in chemostats but it is now commonly used for a variety of organisms in models of trophic interactions, ecosystem functioning, and evolution. Despite its ubiquitous use, Droop's model is still limited by several simplifying assumptions. For example, the assumption of equal theoretical maximum growth rates for all nutrients is commonly used to describe growth limited by multiple nutrients. This assumption, however, is both biologically unrealistic and potentially misleading. We propose the alternative hypothesis of equal realized maximum growth rates for all nutrients. We support our hypothesis with empirical and theoretical arguments and discuss how it may improve our understanding of the biology of growth, while avoiding some of the pitfalls of the previous assumption.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Vol. 119, no 6, 897-907 p.
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-135453DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2010.18397.xISI: 000278036500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-135453DiVA: diva2:1099677
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29 Last updated: 2017-06-07Bibliographically approved

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