Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Research article
27 Jan 2017
Research article |  | 27 Jan 2017

Ciliate and mesozooplankton community response to increasing CO2 levels in the Baltic Sea: insights from a large-scale mesocosm experiment

Silke Lischka, Lennart T. Bach, Kai-Georg Schulz, and Ulf Riebesell


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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 May 2016) by C.P.D. Brussaard
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (12 Sep 2016)  Author's response
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (27 Sep 2016) by C.P.D. Brussaard
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (01 Dec 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish as is (20 Dec 2016) by C.P.D. Brussaard
Short summary
We conducted a large-scale field experiment using 55 m3 floating containers (mesocosms) to investigate consequences of near-future projected CO2 elevations (ocean acidification) on a Baltic Sea plankton community in Storfjärden (Finland). The focus of our study was on single- and multicelled small-sized organisms dwelling in the water column. Our results suggest that increasing CO2 concentrations may change the species composition and promote specific food web interactions.
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