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Volume 57, Issue 6


Determining light suppression of mitochondrial respiration for three temperate marine macrophytes using the Kok method

Lina M. RasmussonORCID iD: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4297-0956 / Mats Björk
  • Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
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Published Online: 2014-11-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2014-0046


To properly calculate the carbon budgets of coastal marine habitats, potential fluctuations in oxygen consumption due to mitochondrial respiration must be taken into account. As mitochondrial respiration is sometimes inhibited in light, we used the Kok method to estimate whether such suppression occurs in the seagrasses Zostera marina and Ruppia maritima as well as in the macroalga Ulva intestinalis. For Z. marina and U. intestinalis, the respiration rate was clearly downregulated in light, a finding that might be important when determining the impact of respiration on estimated net primary productivity in these marine habitats.

Keywords: coastal primary production; Kok effect; mitochondrial respiration in light


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Corresponding author: Lina M. Rasmusson, Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden, e-mail: .

Received: 2014-07-25

Accepted: 2014-10-29

Published Online: 2014-11-20

Published in Print: 2014-12-01

Citation Information: Botanica Marina, Volume 57, Issue 6, Pages 483–486, ISSN (Online) 1437-4323, ISSN (Print) 0006-8055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2014-0046.

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