Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Volume 409, Issues 1–2, 1 December 2011, Pages 200–207
Overall, results obtained in this study have shown that phosphate enrichment mainly affected the coral symbionts, by decreasing their C:P and N:P ratios, while increasing their carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus contents, as well as their specific growth rate, maximal photosynthetic efficiency of the PSII, and rate of photosynthesis normalized to chlorophyll content. Phosphate enrichment also affected the skeletal compartment, by increasing the skeletal growth and the P/Ca ratio. Conversely, few changes were observed in the animal host tissue.