Respiration in aquatic ecosystems: history and background
This introductory chapter presents a general historical, biochemical, and ecological background to the topics covered in this book, and sets the following chapters in a broad context. The various forms of respiration are identified and categorized, as is the fundamental basis of the trophic connections through the passage of the products of photosynthesis (the acquired protons and electrons) through the food web. Historical developments in the understanding of respiration in aquatic ecosystems and communities are mapped out. The chapter concludes by raising a set of key questions, which are addressed in subsequent chapters.
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