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A future scenario, with a greater amounts of nutrients and more acidification in the water bodies, has a differential impact on phytoplankton communities of Patagonia.

Commerson’s dolphin in Playa Unión

A scenario of higher acidification and more nutrients has a differential impact on the different communities studied on the coast of Chubut (Patagonia), being the highest in the estuarine one (Playa Unión). This scenario is due to the emissions of greenhouse gases, and to land use (for instance, fertilizers) and/or anthropogenic activities. However, and in general, this future scenario will favor the growth of large diatoms, and the communities will use energy in a more effective way.

This work was published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science and is part of the international cooperation activities between the EFPU and the Institute of Microbiology, The Czech Academy of Sciences.

Complete reference

Masuda, T., O. Prášil, V. E. Villafañe, M. S. Valiñas, K. Inomura & E. Walter Helbling. Impact of increased nutrients and lowered pH on photosynthesis and growth of three marine phytoplankton communities from the coastal South West Atlantic (Patagonia, Argentina). Frontiers in Marine Science 8:609962. DOI: 10.3389 / fmars.2021.609962


This work was funded by the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas – The Czech Academy of Sciences, Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica, and Fundación Playa Unión.