Ocean Acidification (Effects on Marine Plants: Phytoplankton, Foraminifera) -- Summary

July 2010
CO2 Science;7/14/2010, Vol. 13 Issue 28, p1
The article presents several studies that examined the effects of ocean acidification on marine plants, such as phytoplankton and foraminifera. One study involved culturing of Orbulina universa and Globigerinoides sacculifer under high and low irradiances in filtered seawater with manipulated pH and carbonate ion concentrations. They found that an increase in temperature may increase calcite production among foraminifera. Another showed maintained calficication rates at an oceanic pH range of 8.2 to 7.9.


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