Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Ocean Sci., 15, 1159–1175, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1159-2019
Ocean Sci., 15, 1159–1175, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1159-2019

Research article 28 Aug 2019

Research article | 28 Aug 2019

CO2 effects on diatoms: a synthesis of more than a decade of ocean acidification experiments with natural communities

Lennart Thomas Bach and Jan Taucher

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AR by Lennart Bach on behalf of the Authors (19 Jul 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (25 Jul 2019) by Piers Chapman
AR by Lennart Bach on behalf of the Authors (01 Aug 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (01 Aug 2019) by Piers Chapman

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AA by Lennart Bach on behalf of the Authors (22 Aug 2019)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (23 Aug 2019) by Piers Chapman
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Diatoms are a group of phytoplankton species responsible for ~ 25 % of primary production on Earth. Ocean acidification (OA) could influence diatoms but the key question is if they become more or less important within marine food webs. We synthesize OA experiments with natural communities and found that diatoms are more likely to be positively than negatively affected by high CO2 and larger species may profit in particular. This has important implications for ecosystem services diatoms provide.