Dataset: Chloroplast migration in Halimeda species from the Great Barrier Reef


A series of experiments examining the migration of chloroplasts in a number of Halimeda species (Halimeda distorta, Halimeda hederacea, Halimeda opuntia, Halimeda spp., Halimeda tuna) \n \nTime-lapse photography was used to record the change in colour from dark-green to almost white condition. The surface area of growing segments on the time-lapse films was measured using a computer interface with the video frames. \n \nHalimeda spp. (collected from Cockle Bay, Magnetic Island) was used in laboratory experiments (conducted at AIMS) and was also studied in conjunction with Halimeda hederacea and Halimeda opuntia at Davies Reef. \n \nSpectrophotometry of acetone extracts was used to determine the chlorophyll a and b contents of freeze-dried Halimeda. A LICOR LI 3000 area meter with a LI 3050 conveyor system measured surface areas of segments and also the segments from branches used to measure photosynthesis and respiration rates which were placed in an adjacent tank. Pigment content and oxygen metabolism are expressed per unit area of segment. \n \nThe effects of temperature (5 degree increments between 15 and 30°C) were examined in laboratory experiments on Halimeda distorta and Halimeda tuna. \n \nThe effect of circadian rhythms was examined in a further laboratory experiment on Halimeda distorta.\n To better understand paling patterns in Halimeda species.\n

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