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The stoichiometry of food webs

Research project This project is a dual modeling and experimental investigation of the role of stoichiometry in food webs, focusing on bacteria as a node that integrates effects of C, N and P recycling in ecosystems.

Project overview

Project period:

2013-06-01 2021-12-31

Funding

EcoChange

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

Research area

Ecology, Marine science

Project description

Ecological stoichiometry yields exciting, often-counter-intuitive predictions linking the chemical composition of organisms to the biogeochemical cycles of elements in ecosystems. Yet, most of these breakthroughs come from studies of bi-trophic interactions (mainly plant-herbivore and plant-decomposer interactions). However, most natural food webs contain more than two trophic levels. This project is a dual modeling and experimental investigation of the role of stoichiometry in food webs, focusing on bacteria as a node that integrates effects of C, N and P recycling in ecosystems.