Marine macroalgae are an overlooked sink of silicon in coastal systems

Mollie R. Yacano, Sarah Q. Foster, Nicholas E. Ray, Autumn Oczkowski, John A. Raven, Robinson W. Fulweiler (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Across the marine landscape - from estuaries to the open ocean, biota take up silicon (Si) as monosilicic acid (Si(OH4 )) and deposit it into their tissues as biogenic silica (BSi, SiO2 ). Along the coast, vegetated ecosystems such as salt marshes and mangroves sequester a significant amount of Si in their tissues and likely help regulate the availability of Si in surrounding waters (Carey & Fulweiler, 2014; Elizondo et al., 2021).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2330-2336
    Number of pages7
    JournalNew Phytologist
    Issue number6
    Early online date1 Dec 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2022


    • Biogenic silica
    • C:Si molar ratios
    • estuary
    • macroalgae
    • Si cycle
    • Si limitation
    • biogenic silica
    • silicon
    • C : Si molar ratios

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physiology
    • Plant Science


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