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Marine Biology

, Volume 117, Issue 1, pp 129-132

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Calcification in the articulated coralline alga Corallina pilulifera, with special reference to the effect of elevated CO2 concentration

  • K. GaoAffiliated withKansai Environmental Engineering Center
  • , Y. ArugaAffiliated withTokyo University of Fisheries
  • , K. AsadaAffiliated withResearch Institute for Food Science, Kyoto University
  • , T. IshiharaAffiliated withTechnical Research Center, The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc.
  • , T. AkanoAffiliated withTechnical Research Center, The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc.
  • , M. KiyoharaAffiliated withTechnical Research Center, The Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc.

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Abstract

Calcification in Corallina pilulifera Postels et Ruprecht displayed diurnal variations in aerated (350 ppm CO2) culture media, with faster rates during the light than during the dark period. Addition of CO2 (air+1250 ppm) inhibited calcification. This was attributable to the decreased pH resulting from CO2 addition. Both photosynthesis and calcification were enhanced in seawater, with elevated dissolved inorganic carbon concentrations at a constant pH of 8.2.