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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106469/building-a-dna-barcode-library-of-alaska-s-non-marine-arthropods
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Derek S Sikes, Matthew Bowser, John M Morton, Casey Bickford, Sarah Meierotto, Kyndall Hildebrandt
Climate change may result in ecological futures with novel species assemblages, trophic mismatch, and mass extinction. Alaska has a limited taxonomic workforce to address these changes. We are building a DNA barcode library to facilitate a metabarcoding approach to monitoring non-marine arthropods. Working with the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding, we obtained DNA barcodes from recently collected and authoritatively identified specimens in the University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Insect Collection and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge collection...
October 21, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105597/environmental-and-ecological-risk-of-heavy-metals-in-the-marine-sediment-from-dakhla-bay-morocco
#2
Zidane Hakima, Maanan Mohamed, Mouradi Aziza, Maanan Mehdi, El Barjy Meryem, Zourarah Bendahhou, Blais Jean-Francois
Heavy metal assessment in Dakhla Bay (Atlantic coast) was carried out using different environmental and ecological indices. Heavy metal concentrations were measured using ICP-AES and were compared with consensus-based sediment quality guidelines. The distribution of heavy metal concentrations varies for the three groups: (i) lead distribution is dominated by its associations with copper and chromium. These elements have the same source, most probably related to anthropogenic activities. (ii) Nickel, zinc and cobalt are associated with aluminium and iron indicating their terrigenous origin (natural content), and (iii) cadmium concentration is related to upwelling currents...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103796/phylogenomic-analysis-of-copepoda-arthropoda-crustacea-reveals-unexpected-similarities-with-earlier-proposed-morphological-phylogenies
#3
Seong-Il Eyun
BACKGROUND: Copepods play a critical role in marine ecosystems but have been poorly investigated in phylogenetic studies. Morphological evidence supports the monophyly of copepods, whereas interordinal relationships continue to be debated. In particular, the phylogenetic position of the order Harpacticoida is still ambiguous and inconsistent among studies. Until now, a small number of molecular studies have been done using only a limited number or even partial genes and thus there is so far no consensus at the order-level...
January 19, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098987/predicting-copper-speciation-in-estuarine-waters-is-dissolved-organic-carbon-a-good-proxy-for-the-presence-of-organic-ligands
#4
Holly Beverley Clare Pearson, Sean David W Comber, Charlotte Braungardt, Paul J Worsfold
A new generation of speciation-based aquatic environmental quality standards (EQS) for metals have been developed using models to predict the free metal ion concentration, the most ecologically relevant form, to set site-specific values. Some countries such as the UK have moved towards this approach by setting a new estuarine and marine water EQS for copper, based on an empirical relationship between copper toxicity to mussels (Mytilus sp.) and ambient dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations. This assumes an inverse relationship between DOC and free copper ion concentration owing to complexation by predominantly organic ligands...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096504/opportunity-for-marine-fisheries-reform-in-china
#5
Ling Cao, Yong Chen, Shuanglin Dong, Arthur Hanson, Bo Huang, Duncan Leadbitter, David C Little, Ellen K Pikitch, Yongsong Qiu, Yvonne Sadovy de Mitcheson, Ussif Rashid Sumaila, Meryl Williams, Guifang Xue, Yimin Ye, Wenbo Zhang, Yingqi Zhou, Ping Zhuang, Rosamond L Naylor
China's 13th Five-Year Plan, launched in March 2016, provides a sound policy platform for the protection of marine ecosystems and the restoration of capture fisheries within China's exclusive economic zone. What distinguishes China among many other countries striving for marine fisheries reform is its size-accounting for almost one-fifth of global catch volume-and the unique cultural context of its economic and resource management. In this paper, we trace the history of Chinese government priorities, policies, and outcomes related to marine fisheries since the 1978 Economic Reform, and examine how the current leadership's agenda for "ecological civilization" could successfully transform marine resource management in the coming years...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095778/the-pangenome-of-antarctic-pseudoalteromonas-bacteria-evolutionary-and-functional-insights
#6
Emanuele Bosi, Marco Fondi, Valerio Orlandini, Elena Perrin, Isabel Maida, Donatella de Pascale, Maria Luisa Tutino, Ermenegilda Parrilli, Angelina Lo Giudice, Alain Filloux, Renato Fani
BACKGROUND: Pseudoalteromonas is a genus of ubiquitous marine bacteria used as model organisms to study the biological mechanisms involved in the adaptation to cold conditions. A remarkable feature shared by these bacteria is their ability to produce secondary metabolites with a strong antimicrobial and antitumor activity. Despite their biotechnological relevance, representatives of this genus are still lacking (with few exceptions) an extensive genomic characterization, including features involved in the evolution of secondary metabolites production...
January 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094795/impacts-of-chemical-gradients-on-microbial-community-structure
#7
Jianwei Chen, Anna Hanke, Halina E Tegetmeyer, Ines Kattelmann, Ritin Sharma, Emmo Hamann, Theresa Hargesheimer, Beate Kraft, Sabine Lenk, Jeanine S Geelhoed, Robert L Hettich, Marc Strous
Succession of redox processes is sometimes assumed to define a basic microbial community structure for ecosystems with oxygen gradients. In this paradigm, aerobic respiration, denitrification, fermentation and sulfate reduction proceed in a thermodynamically determined order, known as the 'redox tower'. Here, we investigated whether redox sorting of microbial processes explains microbial community structure at low-oxygen concentrations. We subjected a diverse microbial community sampled from a coastal marine sediment to 100 days of tidal cycling in a laboratory chemostat...
January 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093608/spatiotemporal-drivers-of-energy-expenditure-in-a-coastal-marine-fish
#8
Jacob W Brownscombe, Steven J Cooke, Andy J Danylchuk
Animal behavior and energy expenditure often vary significantly across the landscape, and quantifying energy expenditure over space and time provides mechanistic insight into ecological dynamics. Yet, spatiotemporal variability in energy expenditure has rarely been explored in fully aquatic species such as fish. Our objective was to quantify spatially explicit energy expenditure for a tropical marine teleost fish, bonefish (Albula vulpes), to examine how bonefish energetics vary across landscape features and temporal factors...
January 16, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079282/troubling-issues-at-the-frontier-of-animal-tracking-for-conservation-and-management
#9
Steven J Cooke, Vivian M Nguyen, Steven T Kessel, Nigel E Hussey, Nathan Young, Adam T Ford
Developments in electronic tagging and tracking, including biotelemetry and biologging, have provided unprecedented insight into the ecology of wild animals (Cooke et al. 2004) and revealed hidden movement patterns, habitat associations, animal-environment interactions, and mortality rates for even the most cryptic of species (Hussey et al. 2015; Kays et al. 2015). Natural history, ecology (including movement ecology), conservation, and resource management have all benefitted from the application of this technology...
January 12, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079272/salinity-dissolved-organic-carbon-and-inter-population-variability-hardly-influence-the-accumulation-and-effect-of-cu-in-mytilus-edulis
#10
David Deruytter, Michiel B Vandegehuchte, Jan Garrevoet, Ronny Blust, Laszlo Vincze, Karel A C De Schamphelaere, Colin R Janssen
To improve the ecological relevance of environmental risk assessment (ERA) we need to improve our understanding of: (1) the influence of environmental conditions on the toxicity of pollutants, and (2) the effect of these factors in combination with possible inter-population variability. In this study the influence of salinity and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on the accumulation and effect of Cu to settled mussels was investigated with mussels from a North Sea and a Baltic Sea population. We found that both populations were equally Cu sensitive even though the Baltic Sea population lives in suboptimal conditions...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078754/evaluating-the-core-microbiota-in-complex-communities-a-systematic-investigation
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Carmen Astudillo-Garcia, James J Bell, Nicole S Webster, Bettina Glasl, Jamaluddin Jompa, Jose M Montoya, Michael W Taylor
The study of complex microbial communities poses unique conceptual and analytical challenges, with microbial species potentially numbering in the thousands. With transient or allochthonous microorganisms often adding to this complexity, a 'core' microbiota approach, focusing only on the stable and permanent members of the community, is becoming increasingly popular. Given the various ways of defining a core microbiota, it is prudent to examine whether the definition of the core impacts upon the results obtained...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073566/mixotrophy-in-the-phototrophic-dinoflagellate-takayama-helix-family-kareniaceae-predator-of-diverse-toxic-and-harmful-dinoflagellates
#12
Hae Jin Jeong, Jin Hee Ok, An Suk Lim, Ji Eun Kwon, So Jin Kim, Sung Yeon Lee
Takayama spp. are phototrophic dinoflagellates belonging to the family Kareniaceae and have caused fish kills in several countries. Understanding their trophic mode and interactions with co-occurring phytoplankton species are critical steps in comprehending their ecological roles in marine ecosystems, bloom dynamics, and dinoflagellate evolution. To investigate the trophic mode and interactions of Takayama spp., the ability of Takayama helix to feed on diverse algal species was examined, and the mechanisms of prey ingestion were determined...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073555/molecular-and-phylogenetic-characterization-of-ostreopsis-dinophyceae-and-the-description-of-a-new-species-ostreopsis-rhodesae-sp-nov-from-a-subtropical-australian-lagoon
#13
Arjun Verma, Mona Hoppenrath, Juan José Dorantes-Aranda, D Tim Harwood, Shauna A Murray
Cryptic and pseudo-cryptic species are common amongst marine phytoplankton, and may cause misleading inferences of ecological and physiological data of plankton community studies. Deciphering the diversity and distribution of species of the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis is one example, as there are many morphologically indistinct clades that differ greatly genetically and toxicologically from one another. In this study, a new species, Ostreopsis rhodesae from the southern Great Barrier Reef was described...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073523/metabolic-and-physiological-changes-in-prymnesium-parvum-when-grown-under-and-grazing-on-prey-of-variable-nitrogen-phosphorus-stoichiometry
#14
Veronica M Lundgren, Patricia M Glibert, Edna Granéli, Nayani K Vidyarathna, Emanuela Fiori, Linjian Ou, Kevin J Flynn, Aditee Mitra, Diane K Stoecker, Per J Hansen
Mixotrophy is found in almost all classes of phytoplankton in a wide range of aquatic habitats ranging from oligotrophic to eutrophic marine and freshwater systems. Few studies have addressed how the nutritional status of the predator and/or the prey affects mixotrophic metabolism despite the realization that mixotrophy is important ecologically. Laboratory experiments were conducted to examine changes in growth rates and physiological states of the toxic haptophyte Prymnesium parvum when fed Rhodomonas salina of varying nutritional status...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073500/initial-skill-assessment-of-the-california-harmful-algae-risk-mapping-c-harm-system
#15
Clarissa R Anderson, Raphael M Kudela, Mati Kahru, Yi Chao, Leslie K Rosenfeld, Frederick L Bahr, David M Anderson, Tenaya A Norris
Toxic algal events are an annual burden on aquaculture and coastal ecosystems of California. The threat of domoic acid (DA) toxicity to human and wildlife health is the dominant harmful algal bloom (HAB) concern for the region, leading to a strong focus on prediction and mitigation of these blooms and their toxic effects. This paper describes the initial development of the California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) system that predicts the spatial likelihood of blooms and dangerous levels of DA using a unique blend of numerical models, ecological forecast models of the target group, Pseudo-nitzschia, and satellite ocean color imagery...
November 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073487/distribution-and-ecological-risk-assessment-of-heavy-metals-in-surface-sediments-of-a-typical-restored-mangrove-aquaculture-wetland-in-shenzhen-china
#16
Jianxiang Feng, Xiaoshan Zhu, Hao Wu, Cunxin Ning, Guanghui Lin
The restoration of wetlands has attracted the attention in different countries. Restored coastal wetlands, especially urban wetlands, are sensitive to external pressures. Thus, it is necessary to evaluate the efficiency of the restoration of coastal wetlands, which benefits their management and functional maintenance. In this study, a restored mangrove-aquaculture system in Waterlands Resort at Shenzhen was selected for analysis. The distribution and ecological risk assessment of heavy metals in surface sediments were investigated...
January 7, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073458/the-ichthyotoxic-genus-pseudochattonella-dictyochophyceae-distribution-toxicity-enumeration-ecological-impact-succession-and-life-history-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Lisa Eckford-Soper, Niels Daugbjerg
The marine genus Pseudochattonella is a recent addition to the list of fish killing microalgae. Currently two species are recognised (viz. P. verruculosa and P. farcimen) which both form recurrent coastal blooms sometimes overlapping in space and time. These events and their ecological and economic consequences have resulted in great interest and concern from marine biologists and the aquaculture industry. Since the first recorded blooms in Japanese (late 1980s), Scandinavian (1993) and Chilean (2004) waters numerous studies have focused on understanding the causative means of the fish killing...
September 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073441/applied-simulations-and-integrated-modelling-for-the-understanding-of-toxic-and-harmful-algal-blooms-asimuth-integrated-hab-forecast-systems-for-europe-s-atlantic-arc
#18
Julie Maguire, Caroline Cusack, Manuel Ruiz-Villarreal, Joe Silke, Deirdre McElligott, Keith Davidson
Reasons for the emergent interest in HABs are abundant, including concerns associated with human health, adverse effects on biological resources, economic losses attributed to recreation, tourism and seafood related industries, and the cost of maintaining public advisory services and monitoring programs for shellfish toxins and water quality. The impact of HABs can potentially be mitigated by early warning of their development. In this regard the project ASIMUTH (Applied Simulations and Integrated Modelling for the Understanding of Toxic and Harmful algal blooms) was borne in order to develop short term HAB alert systems for Atlantic Europe...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073059/role-of-microgel-formation-in-scavenging-of-chromophoric-dissolved-organic-matter-and-heavy-metals-in-a-river-sea-system
#19
Ruei-Feng Shiu, Chon-Lin Lee
We use riverine and marine dissolved organic carbon (DOC) polymers to examine their aggregation behavior, and to evaluate the roles of microgel formation in scavenging of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and heavy metals in a river-sea system. Our results indicate that riverine and marine microgels did not exhibit very much difference in size and self-assembly curve; however, the assembly effectiveness ([microgel]/DOC) of marine samples was much higher than riverine. Instead of concentration of DOC, other factors such as types and sources of DOC polymers may control the microgel abundance in aquatic environments...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071699/rye-polyphenols-and-the-metabolism-of-n-3-fatty-acids-in-rats-a-dose-dependent-fatty-fish-like-effect
#20
Fayçal Ounnas, Michel de Lorgeril, Patricia Salen, François Laporte, Luca Calani, Pedro Mena, Furio Brighenti, Daniele Del Rio, Christine Demeilliers
As long-chain fatty acids (LCFA) of the n-3 series are critically important for human health, fish consumption has considerably increased in recent decades, resulting in overfishing to respond to the worldwide demand, to an extent that is not sustainable for consumers' health, fisheries economy, and marine ecology. In a recent study, it has been shown that whole rye (WR) consumption improves blood and liver n-3 LCFA levels and gut microbiota composition in rats compared to refined rye. The present work demonstrates that specific colonic polyphenol metabolites may dose dependently stimulate the synthesis of n-3 LCFA, possibly through their microbial and hepatic metabolites in rats...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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