Articles | Volume 13, issue 24
Biogeosciences, 13, 6625–6635, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-6625-2016

Special issue: Effects of rising CO2 on a Baltic Sea plankton...

Biogeosciences, 13, 6625–6635, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-13-6625-2016
Research article
16 Dec 2016
Research article | 16 Dec 2016

Effect of ocean acidification on the structure and fatty acid composition of a natural plankton community in the Baltic Sea

Rafael Bermúdez et al.

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Increasing CO2 is changing seawater chemistry towards a lower pH, which affects marine organisms. We investigate the response of a brackish plankton community to a CO2 gradient in terms of structure and fatty acid composition. The structure was resilient to CO2 and did not diverge between treatments. FA was influenced by community structure, which was driven by silicate and phosphate. This suggests that CO2 effects are dampened in communities already experiencing high natural pCO2 fluctuation.
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