Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 765–769

Transient sediment load on blades of Arctic Saccharina latissima can mitigate UV radiation effect on photosynthesis

  • Michael Y. Roleda
  • Dirk Dethleff
  • Christian Wiencke
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DOI: 10.1007/s00300-008-0434-z

Cite this article as:
Roleda, M.Y., Dethleff, D. & Wiencke, C. Polar Biol (2008) 31: 765. doi:10.1007/s00300-008-0434-z


We studied the short-term impact of sediment load on the photosynthetic performance of Saccharina latissima sporophytes exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UVR). The algae were collected from different sediment-influenced environments in Svalbard in August 2007. Initial optimum quantum yield (Fv/Fm) of sediment-covered sporophytes was significantly higher compared to sediment-free sporophytes. Experimental sediment coating on blade discs had a photoprotective function by screening out 92% of the weighted UV-B (UVery) treatment. No UVR-induced photoinhibition was observed in sediment-coated blade discs while sediment removal caused a reduction in Fv/Fm not only after 12-h UVR exposure but also after 6-h recovery in low white light compared to the initial value. Thus, sediment coating has a short-term functional significance in mitigating the negative effect of UVR on photosynthesis of an important kelp species and set a baseline for further studies.


Ablation-derived siltationArctic fjord systemClimate changeFv/FmOptimum quantum yield

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Y. Roleda
    • 1
  • Dirk Dethleff
    • 1
  • Christian Wiencke
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Polar EcologyUniversity of KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Section Seaweed BiologyAlfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine ResearchBremerhavenGermany