Light-Shade Adaptation in Marine Phytoplankton

  • Paul G. Falkowski
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 19)


Near the turn of the century, plant biologists noted phenotypic differences between terrestrial plants grown in full sunlight and those grown in the shade (1,2). Early photosynthetic studies revealed that shade plants have characteristically higher light utilization efficiencies than sun plants, but lower light-saturated photosynthetic capacity (3). Cross-transplantation studies showed that some species of higher plants can physiologically acclimate to widely varying light regimes, but most higher plants have evolved to become either sun or shade adapted in a Darwinian sense.


Light Regime Euphotic Zone Marine Phytoplankton Skeletonema Costatum Adenylate Energy Charge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul G. Falkowski
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  1. 1.Oceanographic Sciences Division, Department of Energy and EnvironmentBrookhaven National LaboratoryUptonUSA

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