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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528408/the-glaucous-winged-gull-larus-glaucescens-as-an-indicator-of-chemical-contaminants-in-the-canadian-pacific-marine-environment-evidence-from-stable-isotopes
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M L Davis, J E Elliott, T D Williams
The Glaucous-winged gull (Larus glaucescens) has been selected by Environment Canada as a marine indicator species for long-term monitoring of persistent contaminants in the Canadian Pacific. However, the indicator value of this species depends on its trophic level and proportion of marine prey in its diet. Eggs, used as the monitoring medium, are produced entirely from maternal resources and knowledge of adult diet before and during egg production is critical to interpreting contaminant levels. Due to a lack of recent and reliable dietary ecology work, we examined the diet of breeding Glaucous-winged gulls through carbon (δ(13)C) and nitrogen (δ(15)N) stable isotope analysis at three colonies on the Pacific coast...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528407/effects-of-feeding-strategy-sediment-characteristics-and-chemical-properties-on-polychlorinated-biphenyl-and-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-bioaccumulation-from-marine-sediments-in-two-invertebrates
#2
H Frouin, P Jackman, N D Dangerfield, P S Ross
Shellfish and sediment invertebrates have been widely used to assess pollution trends over space and time in coastal environments around the world. However, few studies have compared the bioaccumulation potential of different test species over a range of sediment-contaminant concentrations and profiles. The bioavailability of sediment-related contaminants was evaluated using sediments collected from sites (n = 12) throughout the Salish Sea, British Columbia, Canada. Two benthic marine invertebrates-the Baltic clam Macoma balthica and the polychaete worm Neanthes arenaceodentata-were exposed for 28 days in a controlled environment to these field-collected coastal sediments...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526851/characterization-of-trpa-channels-in-the-starfish-patiria-pectinifera-involvement-of-thermally-activated-trpa1-in-thermotaxis-in-marine-planktonic-larvae
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Shigeru Saito, Gen Hamanaka, Narudo Kawai, Ryohei Furukawa, Jun Gojobori, Makoto Tominaga, Hiroyuki Kaneko, Yoko Satta
The vast majority of marine invertebrates spend their larval period as pelagic plankton and are exposed to various environmental cues. Here we investigated the thermotaxis behaviors of the bipinnaria larvae of the starfish, Patiria pectinifera, in association with TRPA ion channels that serve as thermal receptors in various animal species. Using a newly developed thermotaxis assay system, we observed that P. pectinifera larvae displayed positive thermotaxis toward high temperatures, including toward temperatures high enough to cause death...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525787/metals-in-the-scheldt-estuary-from-environmental-concentrations-to-bioaccumulation
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Evy Van Ael, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
To investigate the relationship between metal concentrations in abiotic compartments and in aquatic species, sediment, suspended matter and several aquatic species (Polychaeta, Oligochaeta, four crustacean species, three mollusc species and eight fish species) were collected during three seasons at six locations along the Scheldt estuary (the Netherlands-Belgium) and analysed on their metal content (Ag, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn and the metalloid As). Sediment and biota tissue concentrations were significantly influenced by sampling location, but not by season...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523621/ecotoxicological-assessment-of-the-impact-of-fluoride-f-and-turbidity-on-the-freshwater-snail-physella-acuta-in-a-polluted-river-receiving-an-industrial-effluent
#5
Julio A Camargo, Álvaro Alonso
We carried out field studies and laboratory experiments to assess the impact of fluoride (F(-)) and turbidity on the freshwater snail Physella acuta in a polluted river receiving an industrial effluent (the middle Duraton River, Central Spain). Fluoride concentrations and turbidity levels significantly increased downstream from the industrial effluent (with the highest values being 0.6 mg F(-)/L and 55.2 nephelometric turbidity unit). In addition, higher deposition of fine inorganic matter was evident at polluted sampling sites...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522418/immunotoxicity-of-nanoparticle-ntio2-to-a-commercial-marine-bivalve-species-tegillarca-granosa
#6
Wei Shi, Yu Han, Cheng Guo, Xinguo Zhao, Saixi Liu, Wenhao Su, Shanjie Zha, Yichen Wang, Guangxu Liu
The increasing production and extensive application of nanoparticles (NPs) inevitably leads to increased release of NPs into the marine environment and therefore poses a potential threat to marine organisms, especially the sessile benthic bivalves. However, the impacts of NPs on the immunity of commercial and ecological important bivalve species, Tegillarca granosa, still remain unknown to date. In addition, the molecular mechanism of the immunotoxicity of NPs still remains unclear in marine invertebrates. Therefore, the immunotoxicity of nTiO2 exposure to T...
May 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515888/unpacking-brown-food-webs-animal-trophic-identity-reflects-rampant-microbivory
#7
Shawn A Steffan, Yoshito Chikaraishi, Prarthana S Dharampal, Jonathan N Pauli, Christelle Guédot, Naohiko Ohkouchi
Detritivory is the dominant trophic paradigm in most terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems, yet accurate measurement of consumer trophic position within detrital (="brown") food webs has remained unresolved. Measurement of detritivore trophic position is complicated by the fact that detritus is suffused with microbes, creating a detrital complex of living and nonliving biomass. Given that microbes and metazoans are trophic analogues of each other, animals feeding on detrital complexes are ingesting other detritivores (microbes), which should elevate metazoan trophic position and should be rampant within brown food webs...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515169/osmoregulation-bioenergetics-and-oxidative-stress-in-coastal-marine-invertebrates-raising-the-questions-for-future-research
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Georgina A Rivera-Ingraham, Jehan-Hervé Lignot
Osmoregulation is by no means an energetically cheap process, and its costs have been extensively quantified in terms of respiration and aerobic metabolism. Common products of mitochondrial activity are reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, which may cause oxidative stress by degrading key cell components, while playing essential roles in cell homeostasis. Given the delicate equilibrium between pro- and antioxidants in fueling acclimation responses, the need for a thorough understanding of the relationship between salinity-induced oxidative stress and osmoregulation arises as an important issue, especially in the context of global changes and anthropogenic impacts on coastal habitats...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514838/macroinvertebrate-short-term-responses-to-flow-variation-and-oxygen-depletion-a-mesocosm-approach
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Ana R Calapez, Paulo Branco, José M Santos, Teresa Ferreira, Thomas Hein, António G Brito, Maria João Feio
In Mediterranean rivers, water scarcity is a key stressor with direct and indirect effects on other stressors, such as water quality decline and inherent oxygen depletion associated with pollutants inputs. Yet, predicting the responses of macroinvertebrates to these stressors combination is quite challenging due to the reduced available information, especially if biotic and abiotic seasonal variations are taken under consideration. This study focused on the response of macroinvertebrates by drift to single and combined effects of water scarcity and dissolved oxygen (DO) depletion over two seasons (winter and spring)...
May 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511938/floating-marine-litter-as-a-raft-for-drifting-voyages-for-planes-minutus-crustacea-decapoda-grapsidae-and-liocarcinus-navigator-crustacea-decapoda-polybiidae
#10
P Tutman, K Kapiris, M Kirinčić, A Pallaoro
The Columbus crab Planes minutus and Arch-fronted swimming crab Liocarcinus navigator, within their distribution ranges in the Mediterranean, were found rafted on plastic macro-litter floating on the open south Adriatic. While P. minutus was recorded from inanimate flotsam outside of the Mediterranean, L. navigator is herein reported for the first time on floating marine litter. The role of floating litter as habitat or as a dispersal agent for marine invertebrates has received quite attention however, records of decapod crabs drifting on litter has been relatively sparse...
May 13, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511356/effects-of-sewage-effluents-and-seasonal-changes-on-the-metabolism-of-three-atlantic-rivers
#11
Tamara Rodríguez-Castillo, José Barquín, Mario Álvarez-Cabria, Francisco J Peñas, César Álvarez
Sewage inputs on fluvial ecosystems affect benthic communities and alter trophic networks resulting in changes on river functioning. Functional indicators (e.g. river metabolism) have been proposed as a valuable tool to evaluate ecosystem impairment. In the present study we monitored river metabolism in spring (few days after a major flood) and in summer (after 35days of low flow conditions) using both single-station and two-stations methods over a 24h period up and downstream of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents on three Atlantic river reaches located in northern Spain (Europe)...
May 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508709/characterisation-of-the-biofouling-community-on-a-floating-wave-energy-device
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Christopher R Nall, Marie-Lise Schläppy, Andrew J Guerin
Wave energy devices are novel structures in the marine environment and, as such, provide a unique habitat for biofouling organisms. In this study, destructive scrape samples and photoquadrats were used to characterise the temperate epibenthic community present on prototypes of the Pelamis wave energy converter. The biofouling observed was extensive and diverse with 115 taxa recorded including four non-native species. Vertical zonation was identified on the sides of the device, with an algae-dominated shallow subtidal area and a deeper area characterised by a high proportion of suspension-feeding invertebrates...
May 2017: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508058/new-technology-reveals-the-role-of-giant-larvaceans-in-oceanic-carbon-cycling
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Kakani Katija, Rob E Sherlock, Alana D Sherman, Bruce H Robison
To accurately assess the impacts of climate change on our planet, modeling of oceanic systems and understanding how atmospheric carbon is transported from surface waters to the deep benthos are required. The biological pump drives the transport of carbon through the ocean's depths, and the rates at which carbon is removed and sequestered are often dependent on the grazing abilities of surface and midwater organisms. Some of the most effective and abundant midwater grazers are filter-feeding invertebrates. Although the impact of smaller, near-surface filter feeders is generally known, efforts to quantify the impact of deeper filter feeders, such as giant larvaceans, have been unsuccessful...
May 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507147/plate-tectonic-regulation-of-global-marine-animal-diversity
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Andrew Zaffos, Seth Finnegan, Shanan E Peters
Valentine and Moores [Valentine JW, Moores EM (1970) Nature 228:657-659] hypothesized that plate tectonics regulates global biodiversity by changing the geographic arrangement of continental crust, but the data required to fully test the hypothesis were not available. Here, we use a global database of marine animal fossil occurrences and a paleogeographic reconstruction model to test the hypothesis that temporal patterns of continental fragmentation have impacted global Phanerozoic biodiversity. We find a positive correlation between global marine invertebrate genus richness and an independently derived quantitative index describing the fragmentation of continental crust during supercontinental coalescence-breakup cycles...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507034/sleep-supports-inhibitory-operant-conditioning-memory-in-aplysia
#15
Albrecht P A Vorster, Jan Born
Sleep supports memory consolidation as shown in mammals and invertebrates such as bees and Drosophila. Here, we show that sleep's memory function is preserved in Aplysia californica with an even simpler nervous system. Animals performed on an inhibitory conditioning task ("learning that a food is inedible") three times, at Training, Retrieval 1, and Retrieval 2, with 17-h intervals between tests. Compared with Wake animals, remaining awake between Training and Retrieval 1, Sleep animals with undisturbed post-training sleep, performed significantly better at Retrieval 1 and 2...
June 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506725/the-first-invertebrate-nfil3-transcription-factor-with-role-in-immune-defense-identified-from-the-hong-kong-oyster-crassostrea-hongkongensis
#16
Jun Li, Yang Zhang, Yuehuan Zhang, Fan Mao, Zhiming Xiang, Shu Xiao, Haitao Ma, Ziniu Yu
NFIL3 (nuclear factor interleukin 3-regulated) is a basic leucine zipper type transcription factor that mediates a variety of immune responses in vertebrates. However, the sequence information and function of NFIL3 homologs in invertebrates, especially mollusks, remains unknown. In the present study, the first NFIL3 homolog was identified in a marine mollusk, Crassostrea hongkongensis (designated as ChNFIL3), followed by its functional characterization. The full-length cDNA of ChNFIL3 is 2221 bp and consists of an open reading frame (ORF) of 1536 bp that encodes a polypeptide of 551 amino acids...
May 12, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505302/the-first-whole-genome-and-transcriptome-of-the-manila-clam-ruditapes-philippinarum-isolated-in-korea
#17
Seyoung Mun, Yun-Ji Kim, Kesavan Markkandan, Wonseok Shin, Sumin Oh, Jiyoung Woo, Jongsu Yoo, Hyesuck An, Kyudong Han
The manila clam, Ruditapes philippinarum, is an important bivalve species in worldwide aquaculture including Korea. The aquaculture production of R. philippinarum is under threat from diverse environmental factors including viruses, microorganisms, parasites, and water conditions with subsequently declining production. In spite of its importance as a marine resource, the reference genome of R. philippinarum for comprehensive genetic studies is largely unexplored. Here, we report the de novo whole-genome and transcriptome assembly of R...
May 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504834/resource-stoichiometry-and-availability-modulate-species-richness-and-biomass-of-tropical-litter-macro-invertebrates
#18
Malte Jochum, Andrew D Barnes, Patrick Weigelt, David Ott, Katja Rembold, Achmad Farajallah, Ulrich Brose
1. The high biodiversity and biomass of soil communities is crucial for litter decomposition in terrestrial ecosystems such as tropical forests. However, the leaf litter that these communities consume is of particularly poor quality as indicated by elemental stoichiometry. The impact of resource quantity, quality, and other habitat parameters on species richness and biomass of consumer communities is often studied in isolation, although much can be learned from simultaneously studying both community characteristics...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504426/mosquito-distribution-in-a-saltmarsh-determinants-of-eggs-in-a-variable-environment
#19
Raylea Rowbottom, Scott Carver, Leon A Barmuta, Philip Weinstein, Geoff R Allen
Two saltmarsh mosquitoes dominate the transmission of Ross River virus (RRV, Togoviridae: Alphavirus), one of Australia's most prominent mosquito-borne diseases. Ecologically, saltmarshes vary in their structure, including habitat types, hydrological regimes, and diversity of aquatic fauna, all of which drive mosquito oviposition behavior. Understanding the distribution of vector mosquitoes within saltmarshes can inform early warning systems, surveillance, and management of vector populations. The aim of this study was to identify the distribution of Ae...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502987/early-social-isolation-impairs-development-mate-choice-and-grouping-behaviour-of-predatory-mites
#20
Peter Schausberger, Marian Gratzer, Markus A Strodl
The social environment early in life is a key determinant of developmental, physiological and behavioural trajectories across vertebrate and invertebrate animals. One crucial variable is the presence/absence of conspecifics. For animals usually reared in groups, social isolation after birth or hatching can be a highly stressful circumstance, with potentially long-lasting consequences. Here, we assessed the effects of social deprivation (isolation) early in life, that is, absence of conspecifics, versus social enrichment, that is, presence of conspecifics, on developmental time, body size at maturity, mating behaviour and group-living in the plant-inhabiting predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis...
May 2017: Animal Behaviour
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