Journal Article

Plankton: Optimum Diversity Structure of a Summer Community

Bernard C. Patten
Science
New Series, Vol. 140, No. 3569 (May 24, 1963), pp. 894-898
https://www.jstor.org/stable/1710621
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Plankton: Optimum Diversity Structure of a Summer Community
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Abstract

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.