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Invertebrate reproduction

Anna-Katharina Buchberger, Denise Brettschneider, Kristin Berg, Dirk Jungmann, Jörg Oehlmann, Marco Scheurer, Matthias Oetken
Aquatic organisms are impacted by various biotic and abiotic stressors such as current, inter- and intraspecific competition for food resources and habitat, neobiota as well as an increasing number of chemicals. The latter also include pharmaceuticals, which are increasingly being detected in surface waters due to their growing use. The aim of our study was to determine effect data for metoprolol as a model compound for beta-blockers under an environmentally realistic exposure scenario on aquatic invertebrates inhabiting lotic environments...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Katherine A Farquharson, Carolyn J Hogg, Catherine E Grueber
Successfully establishing captive breeding programs is a priority across diverse industries to address food security, demand for ethical laboratory research animals, and prevent extinction. Differences in reproductive success due to birth origin may threaten the long-term sustainability of captive breeding. Our meta-analysis examining 115 effect sizes from 44 species of invertebrates, fish, birds, and mammals shows that, overall, captive-born animals have a 42% decreased odds of reproductive success in captivity compared to their wild-born counterparts...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Carolyn J Foley, Zachary S Feiner, Timothy D Malinich, Tomas O Höök
Microplastics are present in aquatic ecosystems the world over and may influence the feeding, growth, reproduction, and survival of freshwater and marine biota; however, the extent and magnitude of potential effects of microplastics on aquatic organisms is poorly understood. In the current study, we conducted a meta-analysis of published literature to examine impacts of exposure to microplastics on consumption (and feeding), growth, reproduction, and survival of fish and aquatic invertebrates. While we did observe within-taxa negative effects for all four categories of responses, many of the effects summarized in our study were neutral, indicating that the effects of exposure to microplastics are highly variable across taxa...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Paula C Dos Reis Oliveira, Michiel H S Kraak, Harm G van der Geest, Sofia Naranjo, Piet F M Verdonschot
Despite the widely acknowledged connection between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the contribution of runoff to the sediment composition in lowland stream deposition zones and the subsequent effects on benthic invertebrates remain poorly understood. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the mechanisms by which runoff affects sediment composition and macroinvertebrates in deposition zones of lowland stream ecosystems. To this end, sediment from runoff and adjacent instream deposition zones from streams with different land use was chemically characterized and the biological effects were assessed at the species, community and ecosystem level...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
John W Hargrove, M Odwell Muzari, Sinead English
Theory suggests females should optimize resource allocation across reproductive bouts to maximize lifetime reproduction, balancing current and future reproductive efforts according to physiological state and projected survival and reproduction. Tests of these ideas focus on long-lived vertebrates: few measure age-related reproductive output in iteroparous invertebrates, or partition reserves between those allocated to offspring versus mothers. We investigated how maternal age, and environmental and physiological factors influence reproductive investment in wild tsetse, Glossina pallidipes Austen and G...
February 2018: Royal Society Open Science
M Rockwell Parker, Saumya M Patel, Jennifer E Zachry, Bruce A Kimball
Pheromones are useful tools for the management of invasive invertebrates, but have proven less successful in field applications for invasive vertebrates. The brown treesnake, Boiga irregularis, is an invasive predator that has fundamentally altered the ecology of Guam. The development of control tools to manage Boiga remains ongoing. Skin-based, lipophilic pheromone components facilitate mating in brown treesnakes, with females producing the same long-chain, saturated and monounsaturated (ketomonoene) methyl ketones known to function as pheromones in garter snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis...
February 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
Jorge de Jesus Tirado-Ibarra, Mariany Loya-Rodriguez, Jose Carlos Morales-Arevalo, Isabel Rosario Muñoz-Garcia, Francisco Martinez-Perez, Jorge Saul Ramirez-Perez, Laura Rebeca Jimenez-Gutierrez
The shrimp fishery is one of the most important fisheries in the world, although the low selectivity from trawling nets has led to the capture of a large number of non-target species. Shrimp-bycatch species include a large number of fish and invertebrate species, of which fish species are the most abundant. The present study aims to determine the community structure as well as the average sizes at first maturity of the fish species from shrimp-bycatch caught from industrial fisheries in the Mexican Pacific from Sinaloa to Guerrero, from January to March 2015...
2018: PeerJ
Miriama Malcicka, Bertanne Visser, Jacintha Ellers
The diet of organisms generally provides a sufficient supply of energy and building materials for healthy growth and development, but should also contain essential nutrients. Species differ in their exogenous requirements, but it is not clear why some species are able to synthesize essential nutrients, while others are not. The unsaturated fatty acid, linoleic acid (LA; 18:2n-6) plays an important role in functions such as cell physiology, immunity, and reproduction, and is an essential nutrient in diverse organisms...
2018: Evolutionary Biology
Júlia Carina Niemeyer, Letícia Scopel Camargo Carniel, Fernanda Benedet de Santo, Mayrine Silva, Osmar Klauberg-Filho
Reference substances are recommended to evaluate the quality of laboratory test species and the reliability of ecotoxicity data. Boric acid (BA) has been recommended as reference substance in some standardized tests in OECD soil, but no data are available for Tropical Artificial Soil (TAS). For this purpose, avoidance tests with Eisenia andrei, lethality tests with E. andrei and Folsomia candida, and reproduction tests with E. andrei, Enchytraeus crypticus and F. candida were carried out in TAS (5% organic matter), following ISO guidelines, and compared between two laboratories...
February 28, 2018: Ecotoxicology
Gabrielle A Gurule-Small, Robin M Tinghitella
Phenotypic plasticity facilitates survival and reproduction in rapidly changing and novel environments. Traffic noise spectrally overlaps with (i.e. masks) the sounds used by many acoustically signalling organisms to locate and secure mates. To determine if pre-reproductive exposure to noise improves adult performance in noisy environments, we reared field crickets ( Teleogryllus oceanicus ) in one of three noise environments: masking traffic noise, traffic noise from which frequencies that spectrally overlap with the crickets' song were removed (non-masking), or silence...
February 2018: Biology Letters
Xiao Li, Ming-Jing Qu, Yi Zhang, Jian-Wen Li, Tong-Xian Liu
Neuropeptide F (NPF) signaling systems are widespread and highly evolutionarily conserved from vertebrates to invertebrates. In fact, NPF has been identified in many insect species and plays regulatory roles in diverse physiological processes, such as feeding, learning, reproduction and stress responses. NPF operates by interacting with the NPF receptor (NPFR). Here, we characterized and determined the presumed role of NPF signaling in the wingless parthenogenetic pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum . Quantitative real-time reverse transcription-PCR (qRT-PCR) revealed that the expression levels of both NPF and NPFR transcripts varied across developmental stages, which implies that the NPF signaling system might participate in the developmental regulation of aphid physiological processes or behaviors...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
M V Skulachev, V P Skulachev
(i) In 2015-2017 we compared possible reasons for longevity of two mammalian highly social species, i.e. naked mole rats and humans. We proposed that in both cases longevity is a result of neoteny, prolongation of youth by deceleration of late ontogeny (Skulachev, V. P. (2015) Abst. 11th Conf. on Mitochondrial Physiology (MiP2015), Lucni Bouda, Czech Republic, pp. 64-66; Skulachev, V. P., Holtze, S., Vyssokikh, M. Y., Bakeeva, L. E., Skulachev, M. V., Markov, A. V., Hildebrandt, T. B., and Sadovnichii, V. A...
December 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Nicole M Templeman, Shijing Luo, Rachel Kaletsky, Cheng Shi, Jasmine Ashraf, William Keyes, Coleen T Murphy
A decline in female reproduction is one of the earliest hallmarks of aging in many animals, including invertebrates and mammals [1-4]. The insulin/insulin-like growth factor-1 signaling (IIS) pathway has a conserved role in regulating longevity [5] and also controls reproductive aging [2, 6]. Although IIS transcriptional targets that regulate somatic aging have been characterized [7, 8], it was not known whether the same mechanisms influence reproductive aging. We previously showed that Caenorhabditis elegans daf-2 IIS receptor mutants extend reproductive span by maintaining oocyte quality with age [6], but IIS targets in oocytes had not been identified...
February 22, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Ajit D Kamath, Mark A Deehan, Horacio M Frydman
Bacteria are critical partners in the development and evolution of vertebrates and invertebrates. A large fraction of insects harbor Wolbachia , a bacterial endosymbiont that manipulate host reproduction to favor their spreading. Since they are maternally inherited, Wolbachia are under selective pressure to reach the female germline and infect the offspring. However, Wolbachia infection is not limited to the germline. Somatic cell types, including stem cell niches, have higher Wolbachia loads compared to the surrounding tissue...
February 21, 2018: Development
Ya'arit Levitt-Barmats, Noa Shenkar
Symbiotic relationships between shrimps and other invertebrates are a very common phenomenon in tropical environments. Although the caridean shrimp-ascidian association has been known for many years, the nature of this relationship is still unclear. The current study investigated the association between the caridean shrimp Odontonia sibogae (Bruce, 1972) and solitary ascidians. A combination of field work conducted along the Red Sea coast of Israel and laboratory experiments, conducted during 2015-2016, revealed a clear preference of the shrimps for the ascidian species Herdmania momus (Savigny, 1816), with a low survival ability of the shrimp outside their host's body...
2018: PloS One
Ross A D Bathgate, Martina Kocan, Daniel J Scott, M Akhter Hossain, Sara V Good, Sergey Yegorov, Jan Bogerd, Paul Gooley
The peptide relaxin was first identified as an important circulating hormone during pregnancy over 90 years ago. Research over many years defined the numerous biological roles that relaxin plays throughout pregnancy in many mammalian species. These important biological actions have led to the testing of relaxin as a therapeutic agent for a number of indications. The discovery of the relaxin receptor, RXFP1, in 2002 facilitated the better understanding of the cellular targets of relaxin, its mechanism of action and enabled the development of relaxin mimetics and screening for small molecule agonists...
February 16, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Neil Fuller, Alex T Ford, Liubov L Nagorskaya, Dmitri I Gudkov, Jim T Smith
Nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima have led to contamination of the environment that will persist for many years. The consequences of chronic low-dose radiation exposure for non-human organisms inhabiting contaminated environments remain unclear. In radioecology, crustaceans are important model organisms for the development of environmental radioprotection. Previous laboratory studies have demonstrated deleterious effects of radiation exposure on crustacean reproduction. However, no studies have documented the effects of chronic radiation exposure on the reproduction of natural crustacean populations...
February 7, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Wenchao Tang, Yuanyuan Xiao, Guannan Li, Xi Zheng, Yaru Yin, Lingyan Wang, Yong Zhu
Fluorine is an essential element, but excessive fluoride can cause serious effects on the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. Fluorine has been suggested to cause reproductive toxicity in vertebrates, but its potential to reproductively affect invertebrates remains unknown. In the present study, the lepidopteran model insect Bombyx mori was used to assess the reproductive toxicity of NaF. The underlying molecular mechanisms were explored by RNA sequencing, and we investigated the testes transcriptomic profile of B...
February 6, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Júlia Carina Niemeyer, Fernanda Benedet de Santo, Naiara Guerra, Altair Maçaneiro Ricardo Filho, Tatiani Maria Pech
Despite glyphosate-based herbicides are widely used in agriculture, forestry and gardens, little is known about its effects on non-target organisms. The present work evaluated the ecotoxicity of four formulated products (Roundup ® Original, Trop ® , Zapp ® Qi 620 and Crucial ® ) on soil invertebrates. Screening ecotoxicity tests were carried out with soil and oat straw collected in a field experiment, besides laboratory-spiked soils. Screening tests included avoidance behaviour of earthworms (Eisenia andrei), collembolans (Folsomia candida) and isopods (Porcellio dilatatus) in single and multispecies tests; reproduction of collembolans (F...
January 31, 2018: Chemosphere
Christian Pansch, Giannina S I Hattich, Mara E Heinrichs, Andreas Pansch, Zuzanna Zagrodzka, Jonathan N Havenhand
Climate change research is advancing to more complex and more comprehensive studies that include long-term experiments, multiple life-history stages, multi-population, and multi-trait approaches. We used a population of the barnacle Balanus improvisus known to be sensitive to short-term acidification to determine its potential for long-term acclimation to acidification. We reared laboratory-bred individuals (as singles or pairs), and field-collected assemblages of barnacles, at pH 8.1 and 7.5 (≈ 400 and 1600 μatm pCO2 respectively) for up to 16 months...
2018: PloS One
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