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Alkaline phosphatase activity in symbiotic dinoflagellates (zooxanthellae) as a biological indicator of environmental phosphate exposure

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Date Issued:
2002
Title: Alkaline phosphatase activity in symbiotic dinoflagellates (zooxanthellae) as a biological indicator of environmental phosphate exposure.
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Name(s): Annis, E. R., creator
Cook, Clayton B., creator
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Inter-Research Science Center
Extent: 11 p.
Physical Description: pdf
Language(s): English
Identifier: 3350894 (digitool), FADT3350894 (IID), fau:6486 (fedora), 10.3354/meps245011 (doi)
Note(s): Alkaline phosphatase activity (APA) is an indicator of phosphorus status in marine plants. We examined APA in the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium bermudense, which occurs with the sea anemone Aiptasia pallida. We have developed an assay for APA that serves as a biological indicator of inorganic phosphate (Pi) exposure in coral reef environments and phosphorus deficiency in zooxanthellae. Zooxanthellae maintained in culture responded to a lack of Pi with elevated levels of APA. Laboratory experiments with A. pallida demonstrated that this effect occurs in symbiosis, although at a longer timescale.
This manuscript is available at http://www.int-res.com/ and may be cited as: Annis, E. R., & Cook, C. B. (2002). Alkaline phosphatase activity in symbiotic dinoflagellates (zooxanthellae) as a biological indicator of environmental phosphate exposure. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 245, 11-20. doi:10.3354/meps245011
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #1481.
Subject(s): Dinoflagellates
Zooxanthella
Symbiosis
Alkaline phosphatase
Acid phosphatase
Montastraea
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/FCLA/DT/3350894
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps245011
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Host Institution: FAU