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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149758/oligotrophy-as-a-major-driver-of-mercury-bioaccumulation-in-medium-to-high-trophic-level-consumers-a-marine-ecosystem-comparative-study
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Tiphaine Chouvelon, Pierre Cresson, Marc Bouchoucha, Christophe Brach-Papa, Paco Bustamante, Sylvette Crochet, Françoise Marco-Miralles, Bastien Thomas, Joël Knoery
Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant of environmental concern. Numerous factors influencing its bioaccumulation in marine organisms have already been described at both individual and species levels (e.g., size or age, habitat, trophic level). However, few studies have compared the trophic characteristics of ecosystems to explain underlying mechanisms of differences in Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification among food webs and systems. The present study aimed at investigating the potential primary role of the trophic status of systems on Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification in temperate marine food webs, as shown by their medium-to high-trophic level consumers...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149730/divergence-of-insulin-superfamily-ligands-receptors-and-igf-binding-proteins-in-marine-versus-freshwater-stickleback-evidence-of-selection-in-known-and-novel-genes
#2
Tim Pellissier, Hend Al Nafea, Sara V Good
Three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is a teleost model for understanding genetic, physiological and morphological changes accompanying freshwater (FW) adaptation. There is growing evidence that the insulin superfamily plays important roles in traits involved in marine and FW adaptation. We performed a candidate gene analysis to look for evidence of selection on 33 insulin superfamily ligand-receptor genes and insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (Igfbp's) in stickleback. Using genotype data from 11 marine and 10 FW populations, we calculated the number of SNPs per site in regulatory and intronic regions, the number of synonymous and nonsynonymous mutations in coding regions, Wright's fixation index (Fst), and performed t-tests to identify SNPs with divergent genotype frequencies between marine/FW versus Atlantic/Pacific populations...
November 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148584/metabolic-effects-of-p-p-dde-on-atlantic-salmon-hepatocytes
#3
Pål A Olsvik, Liv Søfteland
Decades after being banned in many countries, DDT and its metabolites are still considered major environmental hazards. The p,p'-DDE isomer, the DDT metabolite found in highest concentration in aquaculture feeds, is an endocrine disruptor with demonstrated ability to induce epigenetic effects. This study aimed at examining the impact of p,p'-DDE on Atlantic salmon. Primary hepatocytes were exposed to four concentrations of p,p'-DDE (0.1, 1, 10, 100 μm) for 48 hours, and endpoints included cytotoxicity, global DNA methylation, targeted transcription and metabolomics profiling (100 μm)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148583/study-of-the-hooking-behaviour-of-lepeophtheirus-salmonis-kr%C3%A3-yer-1837-copepodids-on-atlantic-salmon-salmo-salar-l-using-a-novel-in%C3%A2-vivo-test-system
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C Delfosse, C Lafont-Lecuelle, H Barthélémy, C Chabaud, E Teruel, C Bienboire-Frosini, P Pageat
The screening of putative semiochemicals involved in the interaction between Lepeophtheirus salmonis copepodid and the Atlantic salmon could be used to develop methods to prevent infestation. A bioassay was designed to evaluate the attractiveness of Atlantic salmon for L. salmonis copepodids by counting the number of hooked parasites. A salmon was bathed in a tank with 60 copepodids during 45 min. The salmon was humanely killed and its body was scrubbed above a plastic bag. The content of the bag was filtered to count the number of hooked parasites...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146770/environmental-population-and-life-stage-plasticity-in-the-visual-system-of-atlantic-cod
#5
Ragnhild Valen, Rita Karlsen, Jon Vidar Helvik
The visual system is for many fishes essential in guiding behaviors such as foraging, predator avoidance and mate choice. The marine environment is characterized by large spatiotemporal fluctuations in light intensity and spectral composition. However, visual capabilities are restricted by both space limitations set by eye size, and by the genomic content of light absorbing opsin genes. The rich array of visual opsins in teleosts may be used differentially to tune vision towards specific needs during ontogeny, and to changing light...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146353/handheld-nir-device-a-non-targeted-approach-to-assess-authenticity-of-fish-fillets-and-patties
#6
Silvia Grassi, Ernestina Casiraghi, Cristina Alamprese
This study evaluates the reliability of a handheld NIR device in distinguishing fillets and patties of Atlantic cod (n = 80) from those of haddock (n = 90), in comparison with a FT-NIR benchtop spectrometer. The authentication issue was faced by Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) and Soft Independent Modelling of Class Analogy (SIMCA), pre-treating spectral data with different algorithms, and validating models both internally and externally. The best LDA models gave 100% correct classification in prediction...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145101/the-distribution-and-trends-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-and-mercury-in-marine-mammals-from-canada-s-eastern-arctic
#7
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Tanya M Brown, Robie W Macdonald, Derek C G Muir, Robert J Letcher
Arctic contaminant research in the marine environment has focused on organohalogen compounds and mercury mainly because they are bioaccumulative, persistent and toxic. This review summarizes and discusses the patterns and trends of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the Eastern Canadian Arctic relative to the rest of the Canadian Arctic. The review provides explanations for these trends and looks at the implications of climate-related changes on contaminants in these marine mammals in a region that has been reviewed little...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143962/comparison-of-gene-expression-in-post-smolt-atlantic-salmon-challenged-by-lf-89-like-and-em-90-like-piscirickettsia-salmonis-isolates-reveals-differences-in-the-immune-response-associated-with-pathogenicity
#8
M Rozas-Serri, A Peña, G Arriagada, R Enríquez, L Maldonado
Piscirickettsiosis is the main bacterial disease affecting the Chilean salmon farming industry and is responsible for high economic losses. The aim of this study was to describe and comparatively quantify the immune response of post-smolt Atlantic salmon infected by cohabitation with fish bearing LF-89-like and EM-90-like Piscirickettsia salmonis. The expression of 17 genes related to the immune response was studied in head kidney from cohabitant fish by RT-qPCR. Our results at the transcriptomic level suggest that P...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139534/beyond-the-sea-crepidula-atrasolea-as-a-spiralian-model-system
#9
Jonathan Q Henry, Maryna P Lesoway, Kimberly J Perry, C Cornelia Osborne, Marty Shankland, Deirdre C Lyons
This paper introduces the black-footed slipper snail, Crepidula atrasolea, as a new model for biological studies in the Spiralia. C. atrasolea is a calyptraeid gastropod, and congener of the Atlantic slipper snail, C. fornicata. Like C. fornicata, C. atrasolea shares a sedentary, filter-feeding, protandrous lifestyle, but is preferable as a developmental model because of its short generation time, year-round reproduction, and direct development. In our lab, individuals go from egg to reproductive females in under six months, as compared to an estimated 1-2 years for C...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139117/size-dependent-social-attraction-and-repulsion-explains-the-decision-of-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua-to-enter-baited-pots
#10
N Anders, A Fernö, O-B Humborstad, S Løkkeborg, G Rieucau, A C Utne-Palm
The present study tested whether the presence of already retained fishes inside baited fish pots acted as a social attraction and affected the entrance probability of Atlantic cod Gadus morhua in a fjord in northern Norway. Video analysis revealed that the probability of an entrance initially increased with the presence of low numbers of fishes inside the pot, but subsequently decreased at a critical number of caught fishes. The critical number was dependent on the size of the G. morhua attempting to enter...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138402/impacts-of-hemispheric-solar-geoengineering-on-tropical-cyclone-frequency
#11
Anthony C Jones, James M Haywood, Nick Dunstone, Kerry Emanuel, Matthew K Hawcroft, Kevin I Hodges, Andy Jones
Solar geoengineering refers to a range of proposed methods for counteracting global warming by artificially reducing sunlight at Earth's surface. The most widely known solar geoengineering proposal is stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI), which has impacts analogous to those from volcanic eruptions. Observations following major volcanic eruptions indicate that aerosol enhancements confined to a single hemisphere effectively modulate North Atlantic tropical cyclone (TC) activity in the following years. Here we investigate the effects of both single-hemisphere and global SAI scenarios on North Atlantic TC activity using the HadGEM2-ES general circulation model and various TC identification methods...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137957/phylogenetic-analyses-of-transcriptome-data-resolve-familial-assignments-for-genera-of-the-red-algal-acrochaetiales-palmariales-complex-nemaliophycidae
#12
Gary W Saunders, Chris Jackson, Eric D Salomaki
Phylogenetic analyses of transcriptome data for representatives of the red algal Acrochaetiales-Palmariales Complex provided robust support for the assignment of genera to the constituent families. In the Acrochaetiales, the genera Acrochaetium, Grania, and an unnamed genus-level lineage (Acrochaetiac sp._1Aus) were assigned to the Acrochaetiaceae, while Audouinella is placed in a resurrected Audouinellaceae and Rhodochorton and Rhododrewia constitute the resurrected Rhodochortonaceae. For the Palmariales, transcriptome data solidly support the inclusion of Camontagnea and Rhodothamniella in the Rhodothamniellaceae, Meiodiscus and Rubrointrusa in the Meiodiscaceae, Rhodonematella and Rhodophysema in the Rhodophysemataceae, while Devaleraea and Palmaria remained in the Palmariaceae...
November 11, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137557/the-impact-of-a-state-medicaid-peer-review-authorization-program-on-pediatric-use-of-antipsychotic-medications
#13
Dinci Pennap, Mehmet Burcu, Daniel J Safer, Julie Magno Zito
OBJECTIVE: This cross-sectional study assessed the impact of a peer-review program on the prevalence of pediatric antipsychotic use among Medicaid-insured youths in a Mid-Atlantic state. METHODS: Medicaid claims (2010-2014) were assessed among continuously enrolled youths in the 12 months before and after implementation of peer review. The study identified children ages zero to four preimplementation (N=118,815) and postimplementation (N=121,431), ages five to nine preimplementation (N=98,681) and postimplementation (N=107,872), and ages 10 to 17 preimplementation (N=154,696) and postimplementation (N=161,370)...
November 15, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137146/the-dynamics-of-arrivals-of-maine-migratory-breeding-birds-results-from-a-24-year-study
#14
W Herbert Wilson
This citizen-science project is the first systematic study of patterns of spring migration of Maine migratory birds. A comparison of arrival data from the Maine Ornithological Society from 1899-1911 with the modern data (1994-2017) collected for this study indicated that most species are now not arriving earlier, contrary to the predictions of earlier arrivals in the face of global warming. Arrival was synchronous across the lower two-thirds of the state for most species, although some species showed delayed arrivals along the northeastern coast compared to southern coastal areas...
November 12, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136658/community-ecology-in-3d-tensor-decomposition-reveals-spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-large-ecological-communities
#15
Romain Frelat, Martin Lindegren, Tim Spaanheden Denker, Jens Floeter, Heino O Fock, Camilla Sguotti, Moritz Stäbler, Saskia A Otto, Christian Möllmann
Understanding spatio-temporal dynamics of biotic communities containing large numbers of species is crucial to guide ecosystem management and conservation efforts. However, traditional approaches usually focus on studying community dynamics either in space or in time, often failing to fully account for interlinked spatio-temporal changes. In this study, we demonstrate and promote the use of tensor decomposition for disentangling spatio-temporal community dynamics in long-term monitoring data. Tensor decomposition builds on traditional multivariate statistics (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136657/contrasts-in-the-marine-ecosystem-of-two-macaronesian-islands-a-comparison-between-the-remote-selvagens-reserve-and-madeira-island
#16
Alan M Friedlander, Enric Ballesteros, Sabrina Clemente, Emanuel J Gonçalves, Andrew Estep, Paul Rose, Enric Sala
The islands of Madeira and Selvagens are less than 300 km apart but offer a clear contrast between a densely populated and highly developed island (Madeira), and a largely uninhabited and remote archipelago (Selvagens) within Macaronesia in the eastern Atlantic. The Madeira Archipelago has ~260,000 inhabitants and receives over six million visitor days annually. The Selvagens Islands Reserve is one of the oldest nature reserves in Portugal and comprises two islands and several islets, including the surrounding shelf to a depth of 200 m...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136178/identification-of-genomic-regions-associated-with-sex-in-pacific-halibut
#17
Daniel P Drinan, Timothy Loher, Lorenz Hauser
Understanding and identifying the genetic mechanisms responsible for sex-determination are important for species management, particularly in exploited fishes where sex biased harvest could have implications on population dynamics and long-term persistence. The Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) supports important fisheries in the North Pacific Ocean. The proportion of each sex in the annual harvest is currently estimated using growth curves, but genetic techniques may provide a more accurate method. We used restriction-site associated DNA (RAD) sequencing to identify RAD-tags that were linked to genetic sex, based on differentiation (FST) between the sexes...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133990/the-acoustic-repertoire-of-the-atlantic-forest-rocket-frog-and-its-consequences-for-taxonomy-and-conservation-allobates-aromobatidae
#18
Lucas Rodriguez Forti, Thaís Renata Ávila da Silva, Luís Felipe Toledo
The use of acoustic signals is a common characteristic of most anuran species to mediate intraspecific communication. Besides many social purposes, one of the main functions of these signals is species recognition. For this reason, this phenotypic trait is normally applied to taxonomy or to construct evolutionary relationship hypotheses. Here the acoustic repertoire of five populations of the genus Allobates from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest are presented for the first time, on a vulnerable to extinction Neotropical taxon...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133905/deglacial-tropical-atlantic-subsurface-warming-links-ocean-circulation-variability-to-the-west-african-monsoon
#19
Matthew W Schmidt, Ping Chang, Andrew O Parker, Link Ji, Feng He
Multiple lines of evidence show that cold stadials in the North Atlantic were accompanied by both reductions in Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and collapses of the West African Monsoon (WAM). Although records of terrestrial change identify abrupt WAM variability across the deglaciation, few studies show how ocean temperatures evolved across the deglaciation. To identify the mechanism linking AMOC to the WAM, we generated a new record of subsurface temperature variability over the last 21 kyr based on Mg/Ca ratios in a sub-thermocline dwelling planktonic foraminifera in an Eastern Equatorial Atlantic (EEA) sediment core from the Niger Delta...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133903/the-winter-pack-ice-zone-provides-a-sheltered-but-food-poor-habitat-for-larval-antarctic-krill
#20
Bettina Meyer, Ulrich Freier, Volker Grimm, Jürgen Groeneveld, Brian P V Hunt, Sven Kerwath, Rob King, Christine Klaas, Evgeny Pakhomov, Klaus M Meiners, Jessica Melbourne-Thomas, Eugene J Murphy, Sally E Thorpe, Sharon Stammerjohn, Dieter Wolf-Gladrow, Lutz Auerswald, Albrecht Götz, Laura Halbach, Simon Jarman, So Kawaguchi, Thomas Krumpen, Gernot Nehrke, Robert Ricker, Michael Sumner, Mathias Teschke, Rowan Trebilco, Noyan I Yilmaz
A dominant Antarctic ecological paradigm suggests that winter sea ice is generally the main feeding ground for krill larvae. Observations from our winter cruise to the southwest Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean contradict this view and present the first evidence that the pack-ice zone is a food-poor habitat for larval development. In contrast, the more open marginal ice zone provides a more favourable food environment for high larval krill growth rates. We found that complex under-ice habitats are, however, vital for larval krill when water column productivity is limited by light, by providing structures that offer protection from predators and to collect organic material released from the ice...
November 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
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