Russian Journal of Marine Biology

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 131–134

Effects of crude oil on major functional characteristics of macroalgae of the Barents Sea

  • O. V. Stepaniyan

DOI: 10.1134/S1063074008020077

Cite this article as:
Stepaniyan, O.V. Russ J Mar Biol (2008) 34: 131. doi:10.1134/S1063074008020077


On the basis of experimental research on the influence of crude oil on basic functional characteristics (growing speed, photosynthesis, and breadth) of macroalgae of the Barents Sea (Laminaria saccharina, Fucus vesiculosus, Ascophyllum nodosum, Porphyra umbilicalis, Palmaria palmata, and Enteromorpha prolifera) it was shown that kelp are more resistant to the influence of oil carbohydrates while red and green algae are less resistant. Under the short-term influence of oil toxins photosynthesis is depressed and respiration increases, under long-term influence the rate of growth is reduced.

Key words

oil photosynthesis respiration growth rate macroalgae Laminaria saccharina Fucus vesiculosus Ascophyllum nodosum Porphyra umbilicalis Palmaria palmata 

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© MAIK Nauka 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. V. Stepaniyan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine and Ecosystem ResearchSouthern Scientific Center RASRostov-on-DonRussia
  2. 2.Asov Branch, Murmansk Marine Biological InstituteKola Science Center RASRostov-on-DonRussia

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