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A developmental and energetic basis linking larval oyster shell formation to acidification sensitivity
Description: Acidified waters are impacting commercial oyster production in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, and favorable carbonate chemistry conditions are predicted to become less frequent. Within 48 h of fertilization, unshelled Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) larvae precipitate roughly 90% of their body weight as calcium carbonate. The authors of this paper measured stable carbon isotopes in larval shell and tissue and in algal food and seawater dissolved inorganic carbon in a longitudinal study of larval development and growth. [Source: Geophysical Research Letters]
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Source: Geophysical Research Letters
Publish Date: 5/29/2013
Reading Level: Expert
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