Physiological responses of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana to increased pCO2 and seawater acidity, supplement to: Yang, Gui yuan; Gao, Kunshan (2012): Physiological responses of the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana to increased pCO2 and seawater acidity. Marine Environmental Research, 79, 142-151


We studied the effects of elevated CO2 concentration and seawater acidity on inorganic carbon acquisition, photoinhibition and photoprotection as well as growth and respiration in the marine diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana. After having grown under the elevated CO2 level (1000 µatm, pH 7.83) at sub-saturating photosynthetically active radiation (PAR, 75 µmol photons/m**2/s) for 20 generations, photosynthesis and dark respiration of the alga increased by 25% (14.69 ± 2.55 fmol C/cell/h) and by 35% (4.42 ± 0.98 fmol O2/cell/h), respectively, compared to that grown under the ambient CO2 level (390 µatm, pH 8.16), leading to insignificant effects on growth (1.09 ± 0.08 (1/d))v 1.04 ± 0.07 (1/d)). The photosynthetic affinity for CO2 was lowered in the high-CO2 grown cells, reflecting a down-regulation of the CO2 concentrating mechanism (CCM). When exposed to an excessively high level of PAR, photochemical and non-photochemical quenching responded similarly in the low- and high-CO2 grown cells, reflecting that photoinhibition was not influenced by the enriched level of CO2. In T. pseudonana, it appeared that the energy saved due to the down-regulated CCM did not contribute to any additional light stress as previously found in another diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum, indicating differential physiological responses to ocean acidification between these two diatom species.

In order to allow full comparability with other ocean acidification data sets, the R package seacarb (Lavigne and Gattuso, 2011) was used to compute a complete and consistent set of carbonate system variables, as described by Nisumaa et al. (2010). In this dataset the original values were archived in addition with the recalculated parameters (see related PI). The date of carbonate chemistry calculation by seacarb is 2014-01-20.

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Creator Yang, Gui yuan; Gao, Kunshan
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Contributor Yang, Yan
Publication Year 2012
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported;
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Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 4682 data points
Discipline Earth System Research