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Acidification slows algal movement

Ocean acidification is changing the productivity and composition of phytoplankton communities at the base of the aquatic food web. Now a study shows that acidification impairs the swimming ability of flagellated microalgae, suggesting that their capacity to survive is threatened in a high CO2 world.

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Fig. 1: Ocean acidification impedes swimming in flagellated phytoplankton.


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Verspagen, J.M.H. Acidification slows algal movement. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 497–498 (2020).

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