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The capacity for HCO 3 − use by Porphyra leucosticta Thur. in Le Jolis grown at different concentrations of inorganic carbon (Ci) was investigated. The use of HCO 3 − at alkaline pH by P. leucosticta was demonstrated by comparing the O2 evolution rates measured with the O2 evolution rates theoretically supported by the CO2 spontaneously formed from HCO 3 −(More)
The effects of increased CO2 levels (10,000 μl l−1) in cultures of the green nitrophilic macroalga Ulva rigida C. Agardh were tested under conditions of N saturation and N limitation, using nitrate as the only N source. Enrichment with CO2 enhanced growth, while net photosynthesis, gross photosynthesis, dark respiration rates and soluble protein content(More)
Photosynthesis and cell composition of Porphyraleucosticta discs grown at low (< 0.0001% in air), current (control) and high (1% CO2 in air)inorganic carbon (Ci) concentrations were analyzed. Carbohydrate content in discs grown at high Ci increased (15.1 mg g-1 FW) with respect to the control (6.4 mg g FW-1), whereas soluble protein content decreased to(More)
Fuente de Piedra is a shallow, temporary saline lake whoseseasonal behavior is strongly dependent on the annual hydrologicalbudget. In this study, we outline the characteristics of Fuente dePiedra Lake for two years that had different hydrological budgets.The high precipitations in 1989–90 caused the lake not to dry asusual, and decreased both salinity and(More)
Lipid class composition of Dunaliella viridis Teodoresco was analysed using thin layer chromatography coupled with flame ionisation detection (TLC/FID technique). D. viridis was cultured under four different photon fluence rates and in darkness, and under two different conditions of CO2 supply (atmospheric and 1%) with and without nitrogen sufficiency. Nine(More)
The consequences of the addition of CO2 (1%) in cultures of S. platensis are examined in terms of biomass yield, cell composition and external medium composition. CO2 enrichment was tested under nitrogen saturating and nitrogen limiting conditions. Increasing CO2 levels did not cause any change in maximum growth rate while it decreased maximum biomass(More)
The growth of a strain ofD. viridis has been studied in batch culture under different combinations of temperature, salinity and nitrogen concentrations. Changes in these variables have a significant effect on cell division, biomass production, cell volume and pigment yield. This strain grows optimally at 1 M NaCl and 30 °C. Increasing salinity up to 4 M(More)
An in situ method for measuring nitrate reductase (NR) activity in Dunaliella viridis was optimized in terms of incubation time, concentration of KNO3, permeabilisers (1-propanol and toluene), pH, salinity, and reducing power (glucose and NADH). NR activity was measured by following nitrite production and was best assayed with 50 mM KNO3, 1.2 mM NADH, 5%(More)
This review provides an account of the phosphatase activities of benthicmarine algae and is based on reports for more than a hundred species, includingcyanobacteria, red, brown and green algae. Particular emphasis is given to theuse of phosphomonoesterase activity as a rapid means of assessing thephosphorusstatus of the alga and thus indirectly that of the(More)
Gelidium sesquipedale, the most important raw material for the extraction of Spanish agar, was studied ecophysiologically. Plant material came from a stressed intertidal system of high temperatures and high photon fluences. The plants were photoresistant and showed saturation of photosynthesis near a PFD of 300 µmol m−2 s−1 and a compensation point under(More)