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Solar UV-B radiation, associated with ozone depletion, inhibits the Antarctic terrestrial microalga, Stichococcus bacillaris

Hughes, Kevin A.. 2006 Solar UV-B radiation, associated with ozone depletion, inhibits the Antarctic terrestrial microalga, Stichococcus bacillaris. Polar Biology, 29 (4). 327-336. 10.1007/s00300-005-0057-6

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Abstract/Summary

This study shows that increased UV-B arising from stratospheric ozone depletion over Antarctica reduced cell viability and the maximum quantum yield of photochemistry (F v/F m) in a unicellular terrestrial microalga, Stichococcus bacillaris. In the UV waveband, rates of F v/F m decline increased with decreasing wavelength. Photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) also reduced F v/F m, though less than UV radiation. Further experiments under different ozone column thicknesses showed a significantly greater decline in cell viability and F v/F m under ozone depletion compared with non-depleted conditions. The inhibitory effects of ambient solar radiation suggest that S. bacillaris is unlikely to inhabit soil surfaces, but colonises shaded areas beneath soil surface particles. During periods of ozone depletion, increases in the ratio of UV-B:PAR may reduce the thickness of the sub-surface zone where light conditions are suitable for colonisation by this alga.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s00300-005-0057-6
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Antarctic Science in the Global Context (2000-2005) > Life at the Edge - Stresses and Thresholds
ISSN: 0722-4060
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Additional Keywords: Algae ; Ultraviolet
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 30 Aug 2007 15:41
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/65

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