The morphological response of Emiliania huxleyi to seawater carbonate chemistry changes: an inter-strain comparison

Four strains of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi (RCC1212, RCC1216, RCC1238, RCC1256) were grown in dilute batch culture at four CO2 levels ranging from ~200 µatm to ~1200 µatm. Coccolith morphology was analyzed based on scanning electron micrographs. Three of the four strains did not exhibit a change in morphology over the CO2 range tested. One strain (RCC1256) displayed an increase in the percentage of malformed coccoliths with increasing CO2 concentration. We conclude that the sensitivity of the coccolith-shaping machinery to carbonate chemistry changes is strain-specific. Although it has been shown before that carbonate chemistry related changes in growth- and calcification rate are strain-specific, there seems to be no consistent correlation between coccolith morphology and growth or calcification rate. We did not observe an increase in the percentage of incomplete coccoliths in RCC1256, indicating that the coccolith-shaping machinery per se is affected by acidification and not the signalling pathway that produces the stop-signal for coccolith growth.

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.

Supplement to: Langer, Gerald; Probert, Ian; Nehrke, Gernot; Ziveri, Patrizia (2011): The morphological response of Emiliania huxleyi to seawater carbonate chemistry changes: an inter-strain comparison. Journal of Nannoplankton Research, 32(1), 29-34

Identifier
DOI https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.826456
PID https://hdl.handle.net/10013/epic.37875.d001
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.826456
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Creator Langer, Gerald ORCID logo; Probert, Ian ORCID logo; Nehrke, Gernot ORCID logo; Ziveri, Patrizia ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Contributor Yang, Yan
Publication Year 2011
Funding Reference Seventh Framework Programme https://doi.org/10.13039/100011102 Crossref Funder ID 211384 https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/211384 European Project on Ocean Acidification; Seventh Framework Programme https://doi.org/10.13039/100011102 Crossref Funder ID 265103 https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/265103 Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a Changing Climate
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
OpenAccess true
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Language English
Resource Type Supplementary Dataset; Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 496 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-20.333W, -42.300S, 169.833E, 63.400N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 1998-09-01T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2005-11-30T00:00:00Z