Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Variability in Retention of Marine Phytoplankton by Membrane Filters


DURING a series of experiments designed to determine the relative sizes of tropical pelagic phytoplankton labelled with carbon-14, it was noted that the retentive capacity of ‘AA Millipore’ membrane filters varied considerably in three experiments as shown by retention of passed material on a fine filter (Table 1). It seemed surprising that a membrane filter with a pore size of 0.8µ would pass significant amounts of carbon-14 activity, bound in phytoplankton.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Get just this article for as long as you need it


Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


  1. Steemann Nielsen, E., J. du Conseil, 18, 117 (1952).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Cite this article

LASKER, R., HOLMES, R. Variability in Retention of Marine Phytoplankton by Membrane Filters. Nature 180, 1295–1296 (1957).

Download citation

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing