Seawater carbonate chemistry, calcification and Zn uptake during experiments with coral Stylophora pistillata, 2011


Many studies have investigated the effect of an increase in pCO2 on coral calcification and photosynthesis but the physiological consequences are still relatively speculative. We investigated the effects of ocean acidification on zinc incorporation and gross calcification in the scleractinian coral Stylophora pistillata. Zn is an essential element for health and growth of corals. Colonies were maintained at normal pHT (8.1) and at two low-pH conditions (7.8 and 7.5) during 5 weeks. Corals were exposed to 65Zn dissolved in seawater to assess uptake rates of this element. After 5 weeks, 65Zn activity measured in the whole coral and in the two compartments: tissue and skeleton, differed significantly between pH conditions with concentration factors higher at pHT 8.1, compared to lower pH. Zn is therefore taken less efficiently by corals at reduced pH. Their gross calcification, as measured by 45Ca incorporation, photosynthesis and photosynthetic efficiency did not change with pH even at the lowest level.

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Creator Rodolfo-Metalpa, Riccardo;Teyssié, Jean-Louis;Houlbrèque, Fanny;AL-Trabeen, Khalid;Oberhänsli, F;Boisson, Florence;Ferrier-Pagès, Christine;Jeffree, Ross
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2011
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC-BY)
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
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Discipline Earth System Research
Temporal Point 2009-03-20T11:59:59Z