Data from: Allelopathy prevents competitive exclusion and promotes phytoplankton biodiversity

Aldo Barreiro Felpeto, Shovonlal Roy & Vitor Manuel Vasconcelos
It has been hypothesized that allelopathy can prevent competitive exclusion and promote phytoplankton diversity in aquatic ecosystems, where numerous species coexist on a limited number of resources. However, experimental proof-of-principle is not available to support this hypothesis. Here we present the first experimental evidence to support this hypothesis by demonstrating that allelopathy promotes the coexistence of two phytoplankton species, Ankistrodesmus falcatus and Oscillatoria sp., that compete for a single limiting nutrient. By performing long-term competition...
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