Temperature- and light-dependent growth and metabolism of the invasive red algae Gracilaria vermiculophylla - a comparison with two native macroalgae

L.B. Nejrup, P.A. Stæhr, Mads Thomsen

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    Abstract

    We conducted two temperature experiments to investigate the invasion success of the coarsely branched red algae, Gracilaria vermiculophylla. Our working hypothesis was that the coarsely branched G. vermiculophylla, with well-known broad environmental tolerances, would have physiological traits in-between the typical r and K strategies. A factorial experiment provided light-dependent models of growth rate at six temperatures, with maximum growth of 0.045 day-1 at 20°C. Light-saturated growth and maximum light utilization efficiency both displayed a bell-shaped temperature dependency, with optima at 21°C and 23°C respectively. The minimum light required to maintain growth was low (
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)295-308
    JournalEuropean Journal of Phycology
    Volume48
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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