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Resilience of marine life to ocean acidification

12 April 2012

Ocean acidification may present less of a problem than many people thought. A common type of algae, Emiliania huxleyi, is able to adapt, by  means of natural selection, to changing CO2-levels.

A publication in Nature Geoscience by a German research group in Kiel under Kai Lohbeck reveals that these algae, coccolithophores, do grow slower with rising CO2-levels. However, given a year to adapt, 2-4 out of 6 different cell lines had disappeared. The remaining cell lines had adapted to the new circumstances.

 

http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo1441.html

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