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Patrick Neale Species-Specific Responses to Combined Thermal-irradiance Stress in Microalgae – “Each is to its Own” Photochemistry and Photobiology 89

Version of Record online: 26 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/php.12081

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Phytoplankton grow throughout the surface waters of the world's oceans and lakes, from warmest tropical seas to frigid melt ponds on polar sea ice. Survival in all these environments requires strategies to reduce high light stress on the photosynthetic apparatus. However, species use different strategies depending on the ambient water temperature. The thermal conditions in their native habitat govern which strategies are used by morphologically similar strains within one microalgal genus, even for cultures maintained for decades in moderate conditions. (image: global distribution of average sea surface temperature from NASA)

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