Ocean Acidification Preventing Marine Species from Adapting to Climate Change

Ocean acidification may be impacting upon the population dynamics of marine species and hindering their ability to genetically adapt to future climate change.

These are the findings of a team of scientists, whose report is published in the journalScientific Reports, following an investigation into how the gastropod Hexaplex trunculus has responded to ocean acidification over multiple generations.

The project, led by Aberystwyth University, in conjunction with a number of European partners, including the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway; Plymouth University; and the University of Palermo, found evidence that individuals have to trade-off maintaining their shells in order to compensate for a higher cost of living in acidified conditions.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/uop-oai012916.php

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