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Inorganic carbon acquisition by Gracilaria edulis and its effect on growth

Lavania Baloo, Lavania Baloo and Azman, Shamila and Mohd. Said, Mohd. Ismid and Mawi, Saberi (2019) Inorganic carbon acquisition by Gracilaria edulis and its effect on growth. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 18 (2). pp. 283-289. ISSN 1582-9596

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.30638/eemj.2019.027


The utilization of inorganic carbon by the red macroalgae, Gracilaria edulis (G. edulis) was investigated in this study. G. edulis were grown in brackish water aerated with varying concentration of carbon dioxide-350 ppm (actual atmospheric carbon dioxide, CO2), 700 ppm and 1400 ppm CO2 gas. Higher growth rate was observed in culture medium aerated with 1400 ppm CO2 and the lowest growth rate was observed at actual atmospheric carbon concentration. Besides that, significant pH drift was observed in the culture medium with and without enriched carbon dioxide. In the control flask, the pH was higher with a mean of 8.65 ± 0.14, and it greatly differed with carbon dioxide enriched air that exhibited lower pH of a 0.8 unit difference. Photosynthetic rate increased with an increment of inorganic carbon concentration and the highest oxygen evolution were 45µmol g-1FW h-1 and 35µmol g-1FW h-1 at 1400 ppm and 350 ppm, respectively. Therefore, elevated concentration of CO2 significantly decreased the pH of the medium, enhanced growth of macroalgae and evolved more O2.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gracilaria edulis, Growth
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Civil Engineering
ID Code:88404
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:15 Dec 2020 08:02
Last Modified:15 Dec 2020 08:02

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