Acidification of oceans may contribute to global declines of shellfish

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Images of 36-d-old M. mercenaria grown under different levels of CO2, <250, 390, 750, and 1,500 ppm. (Credit: Image courtesy of Stony Brook University)

ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2010) — The acidification of the Earth’s oceans due to rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) may be contributing to a global decline of clams, scallops and other shellfish by interfering with the development of shellfish larvae, according to two Stony Brook University scientists, whose findings are published online and in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Journal Reference:
Stephanie C. Talmage And, Christopher J. Gobler. Effects of past, present, and future ocean carbon dioxide concentrations on the growth and survival of larval shellfish. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 20, 2010 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0913804107

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