Comment on Stadmark and Conley (2011) "Mussel farming as a nutrient reduction measure in the Baltic Sea: consideration of nutrient biogeochemical cycles".
NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Fisheries Milford Laboratory, Milford, CT, USA.Marine pollution bulletin (Impact Factor: 2.63). 12/2011; 64(2):449-51; author reply 455-6. DOI:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.11.024
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ABSTRACT: The distribution of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus and bioassay experiments both show that nitrogen is the critical limiting factor to algal growth and eutrophication in coastal marine waters. About twice the amount of phosphate as can be used by the algae is normally present. This surplus results from the low nitrogen to phosphorus ratio in terrigenous contributions, including human waste, and from the fact that phosphorus regenerates more quickly than ammonia from decomposing organic matter. Removal of phosphate from detergents is therefore not likely to slow the eutrophication of coastal marine waters, and its replacement with nitrogen-containing nitrilotriacetic acid may worsen the situation.Science 04/1971; 171(3975):1008-13. · 31.03 Impact Factor
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