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Moira Llabrés, Jordi Dachs and Susana Agustí Transference of Atmospheric Hydroxyl Radical to the Ocean Surface Induces High Phytoplankton Cell Death Photochemistry and Photobiology 88

Article first published online: 2 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.2012.01184.x

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In the atmosphere OH radical is mainly produced by a reaction initiated by UV photolysis of ozone. Once produced in the atmosphere, a fraction is transferred to the surface layer of the ocean. In this study we demonstrated that the air-water transference of OH radical induces strong cell death on marine phytoplakton being picophytoplankton organisms the most vulnerable to its effects.

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