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The Catalase Activity of the Red Alga Ceramium virgatum Roth, 1797 as a Marker of the Quality of the Marine Environment Based on the Example of the Coastal Zone of Southwestern Crimea

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Abstract

This study determined the range of conditionally normal values of the catalase activity (СA) in the Black Sea red macroalga Ceramium virgatum. The level of CА in the alga corresponded to its conditionally normal functioning (26.79 ± 10.32 μg H2O2/(g wet weight min)). The minimum concentrations of hydrochemical parameters that correspond to the sensitivity threshold of CА in C. virgatum were found; these minimum values are 40 μM/L for organic nitrogen, 0.03 μM/L for nitrites, 0.3 μM/L for nitrates, 0.12 μM/L for inorganic phosphorus, and 0.47 μM/L for organic phosphorus.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The authors are grateful to N.Yu. Rodionova for the provided data on hydrochemical studies and to D.S. Parchevskaya for her help with mathematical processing and data analysis.

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The studies were carried out as part of the state assignment of the Kovalevsky Institute of Marine Biological Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, on the theme Regularities of Formation and Anthropogenic Transformation of Biodiversity and Biological Resources of the Azov-Black Sea Basin and Other Regions of the World Ocean, the State Registration Number AAAA-A18-118020890074-2.

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Correspondence to O. A. Shakhmatova.

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Shakhmatova, O.A., Kovardakov, S.A. The Catalase Activity of the Red Alga Ceramium virgatum Roth, 1797 as a Marker of the Quality of the Marine Environment Based on the Example of the Coastal Zone of Southwestern Crimea. Russ J Mar Biol 45, 436–442 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1134/S1063074019060087

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Keywords:

  • The Black Sea
  • Ceramium virgatum
  • catalase activity
  • biomarker
  • hydrochemical parameters
  • sensitivity threshold
  • conditional norm