How Coccolithophorids Respond to Ocean Acidification
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Very briefly, the three researchers report that "the high CO2-selected cells showed increases in photosynthetic carbon fixation, growth rate, cellular particulate organic carbon (POC) or nitrogen (PON) production, and a decrease in C:N elemental ratio, indicating a greater up-regulation of PON than of POC production under ocean acidification." And they note that these findings are "in good agreement with a recent study in which E. huxleyi positively adapted to increased CO2 levels," citing Lohbeck et al. (2012). Given such findings, Jin et al. state that their data suggest that "the coccolithophorid could adapt to ocean acidification with enhanced assimilations of carbon and nitrogen," becoming even more productive than it is now.
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