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Establishment of trophic continuum in the food web of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea ecosystem: insight from carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16483132     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios (delta (13)C and delta (15)N) are used to study the trophic structure of food web in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea ecosystem. The trophic continuum of pelagic food web from phytoplankton to top preyer was elementarily established, and a trophic structure diagram in the Yellow Sea and East China Sea was outlined in combination with carbon isotopic data of benthic organisms, which is basically consistent with and makes some improvements on the simplified Yellow Sea food web and the trophic structure diagram drawn based on the biomass of main resource population during 1985-1986. This result indicates that the stable isotope method is a potential useful means for further studying the complete marine food web trophic continuum from viruses to top predators and food web stability.
Deling Cai; Hongyan Li; Qisheng Tang; Yao Sun
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Science in China. Series C, Life sciences / Chinese Academy of Sciences     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1006-9305     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. China, C, Life Sci.     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-17     Completed Date:  2006-07-27     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9611809     Medline TA:  Sci China C Life Sci     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  531-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Key Laboratory of Marine Sedimentology & Environment Geology, SOA, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Qingdao 266061, China.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Isotopes / analysis*
Food Chain*
Muscles / chemistry
Nitrogen Isotopes / analysis*
Phytoplankton / chemistry
Zooplankton / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbon Isotopes; 0/Nitrogen Isotopes

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