Evidence from laboratory experiments (Kuffner et al. 2008) indicates that elevated seawater CO2 concentrations significantly inhibit recruitment and growth rates of coralline algae. Given that coralline algae species are major structural and ecological components of benthic communities, ocean acidification may have detrimental impacts on these habitats (Brodie et al., 2009).
The UK coralline algae collection at the Natural History Museum is well suited for research into biotic response to environmental change, including potentially ocean acidification, due to:
Mid-19th century to the present day. Specimens date back to 1856 and the latest specimens in the database are from 2004.
Cryptogamic Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London.
20,924 of the Museum's UK marine algal specimens have been databased, 3,667 (17.5%) are coralline species.
Specimen-level British coralline algae collection database Excel (826.0 KB)
For most species, occurrence maps and summaries of temporal sampling effort are available.