Frommel, Andrea Y; Stiebens, V; Clemmesen, Catriona; Havenhand, Jon N (2010): Seawater carbonate chemistry and Gadus morhua length, weight and sperm biological processes, 2010. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.758632, Supplement to: Frommel, AY et al. (2010): Effect of ocean acidification on marine fish sperm (Baltic cod: Gadus morhua). Biogeosciences, 7(12), 3915-3919, doi:10.5194/bg-7-3915-2010
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Ocean acidification, as a consequence of increasing marine pCO2, may have severe effects on the physiology of marine organisms. However, experimental studies remain scarce, in particular concerning fish. While adults will most likely remain relatively unaffected by changes in seawater pH, early life-history stages are potentially more sensitive - particularly the critical stage of fertilization, in which sperm motility plays a central role. In this study, the effects of ocean acidification (decrease of pHT to 7.55) on sperm motility of Baltic cod, Gadus morhua, were assessed. We found no significant effect of decreased pH on sperm speed, rate of change of direction or percent motility for the population of cod analyzed. We predict that future ocean acidification will probably not pose a problem for sperm behavior, and hence fertilization success, of Baltic cod.
In order to allow full comparability with other ocean acidification data sets, the R package seacarb (Lavigne and Gattuso, 2011) was used to compute a complete and consistent set of carbonate system variables, as described by Nisumaa et al. (2010). In this dataset the original values were archived in addition with the recalculated parameters (see related PI).
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