Can eelgrass in Newport Beach help fight acidity in the ocean?

Researchers are using seagrass from Newport Beach and other locations across the state to see if the salt-water flowering plant can fight ocean acidity, which they say could possibly curb the effects of climate change.

Ocean acidification is a global problem that occurs when seawater takes in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making it difficult for some species — such as shelled organisms — to survive. Eelgrass absorbs the carbon through photosynthesis and removes it from the water, researchers say…


GRGC student: Melissa Ward


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