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Long-Term Conditioning to Elevated pCO(2) and Warming Influences the Fatty and Amino Acid Composition of the Diatom Cylindrotheca fusiformis
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2015 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 10, no 5, e0123945Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The unabated rise in anthropogenic CO2 emissions is predicted to strongly influence the ocean's environment, increasing the mean sea-surface temperature by 4 degrees C and causing a pH decline of 0.3 units by the year 2100. These changes are likely to affect the nutritional value of marine food sources since temperature and CO2 can influence the fatty (FA) and amino acid (AA) composition of marine primary producers. Here, essential amino (EA) and polyunsaturated fatty (PUFA) acids are of particular importance due to their nutritional value to higher trophic levels. In order to determine the interactive effects of CO2 and temperature on the nutritional quality of a primary producer, we analyzed the relative PUFA and EA composition of the diatom Cylindrotheca fusiformis cultured under a factorial matrix of 2 temperatures (14 and 19 degrees C) and 3 partial pressures of CO2 (180, 380, 750 mu atm) for >250 generations. Our results show a decay of similar to 3% and similar to 6% in PUFA and EA content in algae kept at a pCO(2) of 750 mu atm (high) compared to the 380 mu atm (intermediate) CO2 treatments at 14 degrees C. Cultures kept at 19 degrees C displayed a similar to 3% lower PUFA content under high compared to intermediate pCO(2), while EA did not show differences between treatments. Algae grown at a pCO(2) of 180 mu atm (low) had a lower PUFA and AA content in relation to those at intermediate and high CO2 levels at 14 degrees C, but there were no differences in EA at 19 degrees C for any CO2 treatment. This study is the first to report adverse effects of warming and acidification on the EA of a primary producer, and corroborates previous observations of negative effects of these stressors on PUFA. Considering that only similar to 20% of essential biomolecules such as PUFA (and possibly EA) are incorporated into new biomass at the next trophic level, the potential impacts of adverse effects of ocean warming and acidification at the base of the food web may be amplified towards higher trophic levels, which rely on them as source of essential biomolecules.

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2015. Vol. 10, no 5, e0123945
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences Agricultural Science, Forestry and Fisheries
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118358DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123945ISI: 000354544200021OAI: diva2:822318
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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