Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 3, The Biosphere - Assessment - 3.4 Cycles of Matter - Understand Key Concepts - Page 91: 24


If sufficient water and sunlight are available to primary producers, then the availability of nutrients limits the productivity of these primary producers.

Work Step by Step

Essential nutrient limitation can cause primary producers to become less productive. The essential nutrient that is lacking is called the limiting nutrient. Farmers use fertilizers to counteract the detrimental effects of nutrient limitation.
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