Received: 31 Jan 2014 – Accepted for review: 21 Mar 2014 – Discussion started: 10 Apr 2014
Abstract. We present a collection of data relating to microzooplankton physiological traits collected from the literature. We define microzooplankton as unicellular zooplankton (protozoans). The collected data mostly relates to grazing rates collected either in the field or through laboratory experiments. There is an equal number of grazing and growth rate measured through laboratory experiments and a smaller number of Gross Growth Efficiency (GGE), respiration and egestion values. Although the collected data showed inconsistencies in units, or gaps in knowledge of microzooplankton (e.g. effect of prey nutrient content, combined measurement of grazing and growth), they also contained information on microzooplankton functional response, and how some external factors affect them (e.g. prey concentration, prey offered, temperature).
Link to the repository: doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.820368 and doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.826106. Note that the sum of all data sets differs from the present data compilations which provides harmonized units and temperature adjusted metabolic. Within the repository there is a link to the "raw" dataset.
How to cite. Sailley, S. F. and Buitenhuis, E. T.: Microzooplankton functional responses in the lab and in the field, Earth Syst. Sci. Data Discuss., 7, 149–167, https://doi.org/10.5194/essdd-7-149-2014, 2014.