Comparative phosphate acquisition in giant-celled rhizophytic algae (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta)

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Demes, K. W., Littler, M. M., & Littler, D. S. (2010). Comparative phosphate acquisition in giant-celled rhizophytic algae (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta): Fleshy vs. calcified forms. Aquatic Botany, 92(2), 157-160. doi:10.1016/j.aquabot.2009.10.012
TitleComparative phosphate acquisition in giant-celled rhizophytic algae (Bryopsidales, Chlorophyta)
AuthorsW. Demes, M. Littler, S. Littler
AbstractPhosphate uptake through above-ground thalli vs. subterranean rhizoids has been compared in siphonaceous rhizophytic green algal species from five globally distributed tropical genera: Avrainvillea nigricans Decaisne, Caulerpa lanuginosa J. Agardh, Halimeda incrassata (J. Ellis) J.V. Lamouroux, Penicillus capitatus Lamarck, and Udotea flabellum (J. Ellis & Solander) M. Howe. Plants were collected, acclimated to lab conditions for 3 days, and then incubated for 8 h at saturating light intensity with 30 μM PO43- added to their above-ground thallus or below-ground rhizoids. Percent tissue phosphorus was then compared to control specimens, which were run simultaneously in the absence of phosphate. The two fleshy species, A. nigricans and C. lanuginosa, showed no significant differences in tissue nutrient status, and displayed much larger variation among controls than the three calcified species. Calcified species showed greater phosphorus content after being exposed to either above- or below-ground thallus portions, indicating that these seaweeds can respond to short term increases in nutrient availability and have a more regulated nutrient acquisition mechanism. Results suggest that calcification may play an important role in phosphorus absorption. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
JournalAquatic Botany
Start page157
End page160
Subjectsalga, calcification, comparative study, gametophyte, geographical distribution, green alga, light intensity, nutritional status, phosphate, algae, Avrainvillea nigricans, Caulerpa, Caulerpa lanuginosa, Caulerpales, Chlorophyta, Decaisne, Halimeda incrassata, Penicillus capitatus, Udotea flabellum
NoteCited By (since 1996):2 Seaweeds, CODEN: AQBOD