Plankton: Optimum Diversity Structure of a Summer Community
Bernard C. Patten
New Series, Vol. 140, No. 3569 (May 24, 1963), pp. 894-898
Published by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Page Count: 5
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The summer plankton community of the York River, Virginia, expends energy to establish and maintain a definite vertical diversity structure in a comparatively unstructured environment. The resultant organization, which involves relationships between diversity, power and efficiency, and stability, is nearly optimal for maximizing profit on the original energy investment.
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