Articles | Volume 15, issue 16
Biogeosciences, 15, 4871–4882, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 4871–4882, 2018

Research article 17 Aug 2018

Research article | 17 Aug 2018

Regulation of inorganic carbon acquisition in a red tide alga (Skeletonema costatum): the importance of phosphorus availability

Guang Gao et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (28 Mar 2018) by Clare Woulds
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (03 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (25 Apr 2018) by Clare Woulds
RR by Chris Hunt (15 May 2018)
RR by Douglas Campbell (18 Jun 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (10 Jul 2018) by Clare Woulds
AR by Jianrong Xia on behalf of the Authors (18 Jul 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Aug 2018) by Clare Woulds
Short summary
Diatoms commonly dominate algal blooms. However, little is known regarding how diatoms overcome CO2 limitation and maintain growth during blooms. Our results show that enrichment of phosphorus enhances diatoms’ photosynthetic pigment, photosynthetic rate, and the capacity for inorganic carbon acquisition. This study indicates the essential role of phosphorus in coping with CO2 limitation for diatoms and sheds light on how bloom-forming algae cope with carbon limitation during blooms.
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