Articles | Volume 13, issue 15
Biogeosciences, 13, 4379–4388, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4379-2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 4379–4388, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-4379-2016

Research article 08 Aug 2016

Research article | 08 Aug 2016

Assessing approaches to determine the effect of ocean acidification on bacterial processes

Timothy J. Burrell et al.

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Bacterial extracellular enzymes play a significant role in the degradation of organic matter in the open ocean. Using artificial fluorogenic substrates, this research highlights potential artefacts in the response of bacterial glucosidase and aminopeptidase to ocean acidification, and the effects of three different acidification techniques. We conclude that fluorogenic substrate degradation is affected by, or alters pH, and bubbling CO2 may lead to the overestimation of carbohydrate degradation.
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