Mechanical robustness of the calcareous tubeworm Hydroides elegans: warming mitigates the adverse effects of ocean acidification.

@article{Li2016MechanicalRO,
  title={Mechanical robustness of the calcareous tubeworm Hydroides elegans: warming mitigates the adverse effects of ocean acidification.},
  author={Chaoyi Li and Yuan Meng and Chong He and Vera Bin San Chan and Haimin Yao and Vengatesen Thiyagarajan},
  journal={Biofouling},
  year={2016},
  volume={32 2},
  pages={191-204}
}
Development of antifouling strategies requires knowledge of how fouling organisms would respond to climate change associated environmental stressors. Here, a calcareous tube built by the tubeworm, Hydroides elegans, was used as an example to evaluate the individual and interactive effects of ocean acidification (OA), warming and reduced salinity on the mechanical properties of a tube. Tubeworms produce a mechanically weaker tube with less resistance to simulated predator attack under OA (pH 7.8… CONTINUE READING