Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Bacteria

By | March 11, 2015



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Cyanobacteria-also known as blue-green algae, blue-green bacteria or Cyanophyta (the smallest of which, less than two micrometers in diameter, are typically referred to as picocyanobacteria)- obtain their energy through the process of photosynthesis and are thus important primary producers in many areas of the world’s oceans, as well as significant components of the marine nitrogen cycle. This summary briefly reviews the results of studies that indicate how they may be affected by ocean acidification in a CO2-enriched world of the future, several of which findings challenge alarming negative projections of the IPCC.