The influence of temperature on the duration of infradian (over 28 h) rhythms of reproduction in the green alga Ulva fenestrata was studied in the laboratory under controlled conditions combining four temperatures (5, 10, 15, and 20°C), two irradiance levels (40 and 60 μE/(m2 s)) and neutral daylengths (12: 12 h light: dark). The rise in water temperature explained 78.4% of the reduction in the reproduction cycles (from 30 to 5 days). It is suggested that U. fenestrata has an endogenous reproductive rhythm with a period of 5 days. In unfavorable conditions, one or more reproduction cycles are omitted, and formation of gametes or spores attains a periodicity of 10, 15, or more days.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 5, 2011
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