|Community and environmental influences on reef coral calcification|
Adey, W.H.; Small, A.M. (2000). Community and environmental influences on reef coral calcification. Limnol. Oceanogr. 45(7): 1667-1671
In: Limnology and Oceanography. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography: Waco, Tex., etc.. ISSN 0024-3590, more
Algae; Calcification; Coral reefs; Environmental effects; Interspecific relationships; Marine
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Reef corals calcify faster in the presence of noncalcareous algae. Ratios of calcification to photosynthesis appear to be affected by the ratio of alkalinity to acidity, which controls how efficiently the protons from calcification convert bicarbonate to carbon dioxide. By forcing calcifiers to calcify faster, algal proliferation on nutrient-enriched reefs may adversely affect the reef-builders.