Intra-strain Variability in the Effects of Temperature on UV-B Sensitivity of Cyanobacteria

Md Ashraful Islam, John Beardall, Perran Cook

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Stratospheric ozone depletion is mostly marked over the Antarctic and to a lesser extent over the Arctic, though recent reports have revealed that this also occurs at lower latitudes. Continued depletion of ozone in the lower stratosphere allows more UVR to reach the Earth's surface. Furthermore, it is projected that surface water temperatures will increase by between 0.2 and 2.0°C by the year 2060 and this will directly or indirectly influence algal growth. The interactions between environmental factors are complicated by the existence of different strains (ecotypes) of the same species that may respond differently. To understand the interactive effects of temperature and UV-B on two strains of Anabaena circinalis, we investigated the damaging effects of UV-B on cell numbers and photosynthetic characteristics and also examined the effect of temperature on the capacity of cells to recover from such stress. Both strains of A. circinalis responded differently in terms of survival, photosynthetic characteristics and recovery with interactions between temperature and UV-B. This could be due to the variations in strain-specific photoreactive mechanisms. This needs to be explored further including more strains and species before definitive conclusions can be reached about effects of global change on cyanobacteria generally.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-314
Number of pages9
JournalPhotochemistry and Photobiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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