Marine Biology

, Volume 160, Issue 3, pp 503–517 | Cite as

Influence of local environmental conditions on the seasonal acclimation process and the daily integrated production rates of Laminaria digitata (Phaeophyta) in the English Channel

  • Gaspard DelebecqEmail author
  • Dominique Davoult
  • Dominique Menu
  • Marie-Andrée Janquin
  • Jean-Claude Dauvin
  • François Gevaert
Original Paper


Two populations of Laminaria digitata (Hudson) Lamouroux (Ann Mus Hist Nat Paris 20:21–47, 1813) were examined for their seasonal photosynthetic acclimation to clear and turbid-light environments along the French coast of the English Channel. Photosynthesis–irradiance curves, pigment concentrations and the daily in situ integrated oxygen production rates were measured in both populations. Despite the great differences in light attenuation between the sites, the two populations achieved similar oxygen production rates in the field, in relation to high maximal photosynthetic rates, total pigment concentrations and antenna (fucoxanthin + chlorophyll c)/chl a pigment ratios in sporophytes from the turbid environment. Environmental conditions (i.e. light, temperature and nitrogen availability) changed throughout the year in both sites. While the seasonal acclimation trends were evident in the clear-light environment, the strategy in the turbid-light environment differed, tending to maximize light capture throughout the year. This study highlights the diversity of the response of a single species to contrasted light environments.


Macroalgae Dissolve Inorganic Nitrogen Light Attenuation Pigment Concentration Oxygen Production 
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We would like to thank L. Lévêque, the Service Mer and Observation of the Station Biologique de Roscoff, and also A. Migné for their valuable support during field experiments; T. Cariou from the Station Biologique de Roscoff for providing surface PAR; and the Marel network (Marel Carnot, IFREMER) and the SOMLIT service, managed by Institut National des sciences de l’Univers (INSU), for providing the environmental data. We also thank J. Dekaezemaker for his help in pigment analyses, M. Thorel and V. Delebecq for their assistance in laboratory and field measurements, G. Levavasseur for receiving, helping and supplying the materials and H. Loisel for highly valuable comments on light measurements. We are grateful to the anonymous referees whose suggestions and comments helped strengthen the paper. This study was funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR ECOKELP). We are also grateful to all the ECOKELP team, especially to M. Valero and C. Destombe, for valuable comments on the ecotypic differentiation in macroalgae.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gaspard Delebecq
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dominique Davoult
    • 3
    • 4
  • Dominique Menu
    • 2
  • Marie-Andrée Janquin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jean-Claude Dauvin
    • 5
    • 6
  • François Gevaert
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Lille1, Univ Lille Nord de FranceWimereuxFrance
  2. 2.CNRS, UMR 8187 LOGWimereuxFrance
  3. 3.UPMC Univ Paris 06RoscoffFrance
  4. 4.CNRS, UMR 7144 AD2 MRoscoffFrance
  5. 5.Université de Caen Basse NormandieCaenFrance
  6. 6.CNRS, UMR 6143 M2CCaenFrance

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