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The use of the fluorescence signal in studies of seagrasses and macroalgae

Enríquez, S. and Borowitzka, M.A.ORCID: 0000-0001-6504-4563 (2010) The use of the fluorescence signal in studies of seagrasses and macroalgae. In: Suggett, D.J., Prášil, O. and Borowitzka, M.A., (eds.) Chlorophyll a Fluorescence in Aquatic Sciences: Methods and Applications. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 187-208.

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Seagrasses and macroalgae (seaweeds) are important primary producers and habitats in estuarine and marine intertidal and shallow benthic areas. Unlike terrestrial plants, aquatic macrophytes also show a wide diversity in photosynthetic and accessory pigment systems and chloroplast structure (Larkum and Vesk 2003; Larkum 2003). Furthermore, aquatic plants are exposed to a more variable light field than terrestrial plants with significant spectral changes with depth and water quality and, in shallow waters, extremely high light flashes due to the lensing effects of waves (Enríquez et al. 2002; Hanelt et al. 2003). Considering that the main structural and most likely functional diversity of photosynthetic mechanisms is present in the wide taxonomic diversity of the aquatic environment, the study of the fluorescence signal on marine macrophytes presents unique challenges and opportunities for the better understanding of how photosynthetic organisms utilize light.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
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