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Title: Abiotic modulation of Spartina maritima photobiology in different latitudinal populations
Authors: Duarte, B. 
Couto, Thiago 
Freitas, J. 
Valentim, J. 
Silva, H. 
Marques, J. C. 
Dias, J. M. 
Caçador, I. 
Keywords: halophyte; pigments; photosynthetic efficiency; climate
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
Serial title, monograph or event: Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Volume: 130
Abstract: Spartina maritima has a very wide distribution in the northern hemisphere salt marshes crossing a wide variety of climatic environments. Therefore, it is not strange that some differences arise when observing the photosynthetic mechanisms of different populations inhabiting different latitudes. During this study it could be observed that climate is the most important factor controlling the photosynthetic traits of different populations distributed along a climatic gradient, namely the air temperature, humidity and light environment. Also some sediment physicochemical parameters such as pH and pore water salinity showed important influences driving the photosynthetic mechanisms in S. maritima. Furthermore S. maritima is one of the most abundant halophytes colonizing the Portuguese salt marshes. These facts have greater importance if one considers the large abundance of this halophytic species and how climate change will affect their metabolism and thus the ecosystem services provided by this species to the estuarine system.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/25672
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2013.02.008
Rights: openAccess
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