Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 1235–1242 | Cite as

The effect of irradiance and temperature on the photosynthesis of an agarophyte, Gelidiella acerosa (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta), from Krabi, Thailand

  • Midori Fujimoto
  • Gregory N. Nishihara
  • Anchana Prathep
  • Ryuta TeradaEmail author


The effect of irradiance and temperature on the photosynthesis of an agarophyte from Thailand, Gelidiella acerosa (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta), was determined using dissolved oxygen sensors and pulse-amplitude modulated fluorometry (PAM). A model of the net photosynthesis–irradiance (PE) curve at 28 °C revealed that the saturation and compensation irradiances were 83 (95 % Bayesian credible interval (BCI), 52–128) μmol photons m−2 s−1 and 37 (BCI, 29–45) μmol photons m−2 s−1, respectively. Gross photosynthesis and dark respiration were also determined over a range of temperatures (16–40 °C), revealing that the gross photosynthetic rate was highest at 18.4 (BCI, 15.9–20.8) mg O2 gww −1 min−1 at 29.2 (BCI, 26.8–32.1) °C. Dark respiration rate could be fitted to a second-order polynomial regression (P < 0.01) over the range of the experimental temperatures, and the magnitudes of the rates ranged from 0.49 to 0.93 mg O2 gww −1 min−1 °C−1. The highest value of the maximum effective quantum yield (ΦPSII at 0 μmol photons m−2 s−1) occurred at 27.7 (BCI, 26.5–28.9) °C and was 0.57 (BCI, 0.55–0.58), and the values of ΦPSII decreased above and below 27.7 °C. Although this species is considered to be well-adapted to the current seawater temperatures of the region, the results of the experiments also suggest that they are likely close to the limiting temperature conditions.


Agarophyte Algae Gelidiella acerosa Photosynthesis Pulse amplitude modulation (PAM)-chlorophyll fluorometry Temperature tolerance 



We express our gratitude to Khanjanapaj Lewmanomont, Eric Coppejans and Ken-ichi Hayashizaki, for their valuable suggestions at the field survey in Krabi, Thailand. We also thank Jaruwan Mayakun, Anuchit Darakrai, Supattra Pongparadon, Ekkalak Ratanachot, and Takashi Tsunoda for their kind assistances to complete the field survey. This research was sponsored in part by a JSPS-Asian CORE Program in the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo (AP and RT), and by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (nos. 22510033, 25340012, and 25450260) from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Technology (RT and GNN); partially funded by Plant Genetic Conservation Project Under the Royal Initiation of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (AP).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Midori Fujimoto
    • 1
  • Gregory N. Nishihara
    • 2
  • Anchana Prathep
    • 3
  • Ryuta Terada
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of FisheriesKagoshima UniversityKagoshimaJapan
  2. 2.Institute for East China Sea Research, Graduate School of Fisheries Science and Environmental StudiesNagasaki UniversityNagasakiJapan
  3. 3.Seaweed and Seagrass Research Unit, Department of Biology, Faculty of SciencePrince of Songkla UniversityHatYaiThailand

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