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Type: Journal article
Title: Eco-physiological adaptations that favour freshwater cyanobacteria in a changing climate
Author: Carey, C.
Ibelings, B.
Hoffmann, E.
Hamilton, D.
Brookes, J.
Citation: Water Research, 2012; 46(5):1394-1407
Publisher: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0043-1354
1879-2448
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Cayelan C. Carey, Bas W. Ibelings, Emily P. Hoffmann, David P. Hamilton, Justin D. Brookes
Abstract: Climate change scenarios predict that rivers, lakes, and reservoirs will experience increased temperatures, more intense and longer periods of thermal stratification, modified hydrology, and altered nutrient loading. These environmental drivers will have substantial effects on freshwater phytoplankton species composition and biomass, potentially favouring cyanobacteria over other phytoplankton. In this Review, we examine how several cyanobacterial eco-physiological traits, specifically, the ability to grow in warmer temperatures; buoyancy; high affinity for, and ability to store, phosphorus; nitrogen-fixation; akinete production; and efficient light harvesting, vary amongst cyanobacteria genera and may enable them to dominate in future climate scenarios. We predict that spatial variation in climate change will interact with physiological variation in cyanobacteria to create differences in the dominant cyanobacterial taxa among regions. Finally, we suggest that physiological traits specific to different cyanobacterial taxa may favour certain taxa over others in different regions, but overall, cyanobacteria as a group are likely to increase in most regions in the future.
Keywords: Algal blooms; Buoyancy regulation; Climate change; Luxury uptake; Nitrogen fixation; Phosphorus; Photosynthesis; Temperature
Rights: Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020117080
DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.12.016
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