Seawater carbonate chemistry and photosynthetic pigments and photophysiology of polar microalga Chlorella sp.

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Ocean acidification, due to increased levels of anthropogenic carbon dioxide, is known to affect the physiology and growth of marine phytoplankton, especially in polar regions. However, the effect of acidification or carbonation on cellular metabolism in polar marine phytoplankton still remains an open question. There is some evidence that small chlorophytes may benefit more than other taxa of phytoplankton. To understand further how green polar picoplankton could acclimate to high oceanic CO2, studies were conducted on an Antarctic Chlorella sp. Chlorella sp. maintained its growth rate (∼0.180 /day), photosynthetic quantum yield (Fv/Fm = ∼0.69) and chlorophyll a (0.145 fg/cell) and carotenoid (0.06 fg/cell) contents under high CO2, while maximum rates of electron transport decreased and non-photochemical quenching increased under elevated CO2. GCMS-based metabolomic analysis reveal that this polar Chlorella strain modulated the levels of metabolites associated with energy, amino acid, fatty acid and carbohydrate production, which could favour its survival in an increasingly acidified ocean.

In order to allow full comparability with other ocean acidification data sets, the R package seacarb (Gattuso et al, 2019) 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 2020-05-6.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.916160
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2019.105349
Related Identifier https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=seacarb
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.916160
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Creator Tan, Yong Hao; Lim, Phaik Eem; Beardall, John; Poong, Sze Wan; Phang, Siew Moi
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Contributor Yang, Yan
Publication Year 2019
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
OpenAccess true
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Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 2064 data points
Discipline Earth System Research