Photosynthesis in air and in water of Acanthophora najadiformis growing within a narrow zone of the intertidal

R. Einav*, S. Beer

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Abstract

In this work, we investigated photosynthetic gas exchange responses of the red alga Acanthophora najadiformis (collected in 1991 from a shore near Netanya, Israel) to heating, light, inorganic carbon and desiccation of the thalli. This was done to elucidate some of the contributing causes for its particular restricted vertical distribution within the lower intertidal zone of the Israeli Mediterranean rocky shore. In contrast to other common intertidal species, the photosynthetic performance of A. najadiformis was very sensitive to desiccation and to high temperature, and these factors may thus prevent the alga from growing above the surge zone. On the other hand, this species photosynthesized five times faster in air than in water (provided it was kept highly hydrated), and this may be the reason why it does not succeed in competing with other algae in the subtidal which use HCO3-more efficiently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalMarine Biology
Volume117
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1993

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