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Increased Carbon Dioxide enhances plankton growth as well as plant growth

Source: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
Date: 16 January 2016

Increased CO2 enhances plankton growth

Coccolithophores—tiny calcifying plants that are part of the foundation of the marine food web—have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean waters has increased. Their relative abundance has increased 10 times, or by an order of magnitude, during this sampling period. This finding was diametrically opposed to what scientists had expected since coccolithophores make their plates out of calcium carbonate, which is becoming more difficult as the ocean becomes more acidic and pH is reduced. Continue reading Increased Carbon Dioxide enhances plankton growth as well as plant growth

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