Effect of caffeine on the growth and photosynthetic efficiency of marine macroalgae
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Caffeine is present in coastal environments worldwide and there is a need to assess its impact on marine organisms. Here, we exposed two species of ecologically important marine macroalgae (Chondrus crispus and Codium fragile subsp. fragile) to a suite of caffeine concentrations and measured their response. Caffeine concentrations of 10-100 ng L-1 had no significant effect on the growth rate or photosynthetic efficiency of either algae. Extremely high concentrations (100-200 mg L-1), which may occur acutely, produced sublethal effects for both species and mortality in C. fragile subsp. fragile. Our results highlight the need to understand how caffeine impacts marine species.
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Gray, Ira, Lindsay A. Green-Gavrielidis, and Carol Thornber. "Effect of caffeine on the growth and photosynthetic efficiency of marine macroalgae." Botanica Marina 64, 1 (2021). doi: 10.1515/bot-2020-0055.