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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091726/predation-cues-rather-than-resource-availability-promote-cryptic-behaviour-in-a-habitat-forming-sea-urchin
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Arie J P Spyksma, Richard B Taylor, Nick T Shears
It is well known that predators often influence the foraging behaviour of prey through the so-called "fear effect". However, it is also possible that predators could change prey behaviour indirectly by altering the prey's food supply through a trophic cascade. The predator-sea urchin-kelp trophic cascade is widely assumed to be driven by the removal of sea urchins by predators, but changes in sea urchin behaviour in response to predators or increased food availability could also play an important role. We tested whether increased crevice occupancy by herbivorous sea urchins in the presence of abundant predatory fishes and lobsters is a response to the increased risk of predation, or an indirect response to higher kelp abundances...
January 13, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075025/warmer-temperatures-reduce-the-influence-of-an-important-keystone-predator
#2
Chiara Bonaviri, Michael Graham, Paola Gianguzza, Nick T Shears
Predator-prey interactions may be strongly influenced by temperature variations in marine ecosystems. Consequently, climate change may alter the importance of predators with repercussions for ecosystem functioning and structure. In North-eastern Pacific kelp forests, the starfish Pycnopodia helianthoides is known to be an important predator of the purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. Here we investigated the influence of water temperature on this predator-prey interaction by: (1) assessing the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of both species across a temperature gradient in the northern Channel Islands, California, and (2) investigating how the feeding rate of P...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063828/genome-wide-computational-analysis-of-the-secretome-of-brown-algae-phaeophyceae
#3
Makoto Terauchi, Takahiro Yamagishi, Takeaki Hanyuda, Hiroshi Kawai
Brown algae have evolved complex multicellularity in the heterokont lineage. They are phylogenetically distant to land plants, fungi and animals. Especially, the members of Laminariales (so-called kelps) have developed highly differentiated tissues. Extracellular matrix (ECM) plays pivotal roles in a number of essential processes in multicellular organisms, such as cell adhesion, cell and tissue differentiations, cell-to-cell communication, and responses to environmental stimuli. In these processes, a set of extracellular secreted proteins called the secretome operates remodeling of the physicochemical nature of ECM and signal transduction by interacting with cell surface proteins and signaling molecules...
January 4, 2017: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056071/species-specific-responses-of-juvenile-rockfish-to-elevated-pco2-from-behavior-to-genomics
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Scott L Hamilton, Cheryl A Logan, Hamilton W Fennie, Susan M Sogard, James P Barry, April D Makukhov, Lauren R Tobosa, Kirsten Boyer, Christopher F Lovera, Giacomo Bernardi
In the California Current ecosystem, global climate change is predicted to trigger large-scale changes in ocean chemistry within this century. Ocean acidification-which occurs when increased levels of atmospheric CO2 dissolve into the ocean-is one of the biggest potential threats to marine life. In a coastal upwelling system, we compared the effects of chronic exposure to low pH (elevated pCO2) at four treatment levels (i.e., pCO2 = ambient [500], moderate [750], high [1900], and extreme [2800 μatm]) on behavior, physiology, and patterns of gene expression in white muscle tissue of juvenile rockfish (genus Sebastes), integrating responses from the transcriptome to the whole organism level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052391/the-present-is-the-key-to-the-past-linking-regime-shifts-in-kelp-beds-to-the-distribution-of-deep-living-sea-urchins
#5
Karen Filbee-Dexter, Robert E Scheibling
Understanding processes that drive sudden shifts in ecosystem structure and function has become an important research focus for coastal management. In kelp bed ecosystems, regime shifts occur when high densities of sea urchins destructively graze kelp and create coralline algal barrens. While the importance of predation and disease in mediating shifts between kelp beds and barrens on shallow rocky reefs has been well documented, little is known about the role of deep-living urchins in these alternative stable-state dynamics...
January 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038977/determination-of-genetic-diversity-among-saccharina-germplasm-using-issr-and-rapd-markers
#6
Cuiju Cui, Yan Li, Yanling Liu, Xiaojie Li, Shiju Luo, Zhuangzhi Zhang, Ruina Wu, Guangjin Liang, Juan Sun, Jie Peng, Pingping Tian
Various species of genus Saccharina are economically important brown macroalgae cultivated in China. The genetic background of the conserved Saccharina germplasm was not clear. In this report, DNA-based molecular markers such as inter simple sequence repeats (ISSR) and random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) were used to assess the genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships among 48 Saccharina germplasms. A total of 50 ISSR and 50 RAPD primers were tested, of which only 33 polymorphic primers (17 ISSR and 16 RAPD) had an amplified clear and reproducible profile, and could be used...
December 27, 2016: Comptes Rendus Biologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030596/phase-shift-dynamics-of-sea-urchin-overgrazing-on-nutrified-reefs
#7
Nina Kriegisch, Simon Reeves, Craig R Johnson, Scott D Ling
Shifts from productive kelp beds to impoverished sea urchin barrens occur globally and represent a wholesale change to the ecology of sub-tidal temperate reefs. Although the theory of shifts between alternative stable states is well advanced, there are few field studies detailing the dynamics of these kinds of transitions. In this study, sea urchin herbivory (a 'top-down' driver of ecosystems) was manipulated over 12 months to estimate (1) the sea urchin density at which kelp beds collapse to sea urchin barrens, and (2) the minimum sea urchin density required to maintain urchin barrens on experimental reefs in the urbanised Port Phillip Bay, Australia...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017856/a-morphological-and-phylogenetic-investigation-into-divergence-among-sympatric-australian-southern-bull-kelps-durvillaea-potatorum-and-d-amatheiae-sp-nov
#8
Xénia A Weber, Graham J Edgar, Sam C Banks, Jonathan M Waters, Ceridwen I Fraser
Genetic analyses can reveal a wealth of hitherto undiscovered cryptic biodiversity. For co-occurring and morphologically similar species, the combination of molecular, ecological and morphological analyses provides an excellent opportunity for understanding some of the processes that can lead to divergence and speciation. The Australian endemic brown macroalga Durvillaea potatorum (Phaeophyceae) was examined with a combination of genetic and morphological approaches to confirm the presence of two separate species and to infer the processes that led to their divergence...
December 23, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992578/environmental-predictors-of-seabird-wrecks-in-a-tropical-coastal-area
#9
Davi Castro Tavares, Jailson Fulgencio de Moura, Salvatore Siciliano
Beached bird surveys have been widely used to monitor the impact of oil pollution in the oceans. However, separating the combined effects of oil pollution, environmental variables and methodological aspects of beach monitoring on seabird stranding patterns is a challenging task. The effects of a comprehensive set of oceanographic and climatic variables and oil pollution on seabird strandings in a tropical area of Brazil were investigated herein, using two robust and innovative methods: Generalized Linear Mixed Models and Structural Equation Modeling...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990490/long-photoperiods-sustain-high-ph-in-arctic-kelp-forests
#10
Dorte Krause-Jensen, Núria Marbà, Marina Sanz-Martin, Iris E Hendriks, Jakob Thyrring, Jacob Carstensen, Mikael Kristian Sejr, Carlos M Duarte
Concern on the impacts of ocean acidification on calcifiers, such as bivalves, sea urchins, and foraminifers, has led to efforts to understand the controls on pH in their habitats, which include kelp forests and seagrass meadows. The metabolism of these habitats can lead to diel fluctuation in pH with increases during the day and declines at night, suggesting no net effect on pH at time scales longer than daily. We examined the capacity of subarctic and Arctic kelps to up-regulate pH in situ and experimentally tested the role of photoperiod in determining the capacity of Arctic macrophytes to up-regulate pH...
December 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984678/assessing-the-ecosystem-level-consequences-of-a-small-scale-artisanal-kelp-fishery-within-the-context-of-climate-change
#11
K A Krumhansl, J N Bergman, A K Salomon
Coastal communities worldwide rely on small-scale artisanal fisheries as a means of increasing food security and alleviating poverty. Even small-scale fishing activities, however, are prone to resource depletion and environmental degradation, which can erode livelihoods in the long run. Thus, there is a pressing need to identify viable and resilient artisanal fisheries, and generate knowledge to support management within the context of a rapidly changing climate. We examined the ecosystem-level consequences of an artisanal kelp fishery (Macrocystis pyrifera), finding minimal impacts of small-scale harvest on kelp recovery rates, survival, and biomass dynamics, and abundances of associated commercial and culturally important fish species...
December 16, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27958273/extreme-warming-challenges-sentinel-status-of-kelp-forests-as-indicators-of-climate-change
#12
Daniel Reed, Libe Washburn, Andrew Rassweiler, Robert Miller, Tom Bell, Shannon Harrer
The desire to use sentinel species as early warning indicators of impending climate change effects on entire ecosystems is attractive, but we need to verify that such approaches have sound biological foundations. A recent large-scale warming event in the North Pacific Ocean of unprecedented magnitude and duration allowed us to evaluate the sentinel status of giant kelp, a coastal foundation species that thrives in cold, nutrient-rich waters and is considered sensitive to warming. Here, we show that giant kelp and the majority of species that associate with it did not presage ecosystem effects of extreme warming off southern California despite giant kelp's expected vulnerability...
December 13, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956334/dewatering-treatments-to-increase-dry-matter-content-of-the-brown-seaweed-kelp-laminaria-digitata-hudson-jv-lamouroux
#13
Joe A Gallagher, Lesley B Turner, Jessica M M Adams, Philip W Dyer, Michael K Theodorou
Macroalgal water content is an on-going problem for the use of readily accessible seaweeds in sustainable biorefining, including fuel production. Silage is a reduced-water, compactable, easily stored, transportable material. Ensiling could establish a non-seasonal supply of preserved algal biomass, but requires high initial dry matter content to mitigate environmental pollution risks from effluent. This study investigated potential dewatering methods for kelp harvested throughout the year. Treatments included air-drying, osmotic media and acids...
January 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935100/precise-injection-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-the-urethral-sphincter-complex-of-g%C3%A3-ttingen-minipigs-without-unspecific-bulking-effects
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Bastian Amend, Alexandra Kelp, Martin Vaegler, Mario Klünder, Viktoria Frajs, Gerd Klein, Karl-Dietrich Sievert, Oliver Sawodny, Arnulf Stenzl, Wilhelm K Aicher
AIM: To investigate if injection of cells in the urethral sphincter complex causes unspecific bulking effects. METHODS: Human mesenchymal stromal cells were isolated, expanded, and characterized. For transurethral injection, cells were labeled with the fluorescent dye PKH26 and in magnetic resonance imaging associated experiments with superparamagnetic particles. Aliquots of cells in 250 µL solvent were injected under vision in the urethral sphincter of immuno-suppressed Göttingen minipigs...
December 9, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934911/effect-of-kelp-waste-extracts-on-the-growth-and-development-of-pakchoi-brassica-chinensis-l
#15
Shiyan Zheng, Jie Jiang, Meilin He, Shanmei Zou, Changhai Wang
To explore the effects of kelp waste extracts (KWE) on the growth and development of Brassia chinensis L., germination and greenhouse experiments were carried out under different concentrations of KWE. The results showed that a higher germination percentage (95%), associated with high germination index (8.70), germination energy (71.67%) and seedling vigor index (734.67), was obtained under a lower KWE concentration (2%) compared with the control. The radicle length (4.97 cm), fresh weight (0.32 g/10 seedlings) and dry weight (0...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908494/simultaneous-microextraction-of-inorganic-iodine-and-iodinated-amino-acids-by-miniaturized-matrix-solid-phase-dispersion-with-molecular-sieves-and-ionic-liquids
#16
Jun Cao, Li-Qing Peng, Jing-Jing Xu, Li-Jing Du, Qi-Dong Zhang
This study presents an effective method of using miniaturized matrix solid phase dispersion (MSPD) for the microextraction of inorganic iodine and iodinated amino acids from seaweed samples. Quantification of the target analytes was performed by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography with UV detection. Molecular sieve (SBA-15) was chosen as the dispersing adsorbent with an ionic liquid (1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide) as the elution solvent. The experimental conditions for the MSPD, such as the type of sorbent, ratio of sorbent to sample, type and concentration of the elution solvent, and grinding time were evaluated and optimized...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907261/fitting-state-space-integral-projection-models-to-size-structured-time-series-data-to-estimate-unknown-parameters
#17
J Wilson White, Kerry J Nickols, Daniel Malone, Mark H Carr, Richard M Starr, Flora Cordoleani, Marissa L Baskett, Alan Hastings, Louis W Botsford
Integral projection models (IPMs) have a number of advantages over matrix-model approaches for analyzing size-structured population dynamics, because the latter require parameter estimates for each age or stage transition. However, IPMs still require appropriate data. Typically they are parameterized using individual-scale relationships between body size and demographic rates, but these are not always available. We present an alternative approach for estimating demographic parameters from time series of size-structured survey data using a Bayesian state-space IPM (SSIPM)...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905044/modulatory-effect-of-the-exudates-released-by-the-brown-kelp-lessonia-spicata-on-the-toxicity-of-copper-in-early-developmental-stages-of-ecologically-related-organisms
#18
Alexandre Fellous, Santiago Andrade, Francisco Vidal-Ramirez, Ricardo Calderón, Jessica Beltran, Juan A Correa
Lessonia spicata is a key dominant species along the Pacific coast of South America, providing a habitat for many organisms. However, this role can be affected by abiotic stress, such as metals. To counteract the toxic effect, L. spicata, among other seaweeds, releases exudates that bind metals. In this study, tolerances to copper of organisms related to the kelp forest (spores of Ulva lactuca (Chlorophyceae) and L. spicata (Phaeophyceae) and Zoea I of Taliepus dentatus (Milne-Edwards, Crustacea)) were studied; then, exudates are assessed by their protective effect...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901120/complete-genome-sequence-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-a-novel-marine-strain-bacillus-weihaiensis-reveals-the-mechanism-of-brown-algae-degradation
#19
Yueming Zhu, Peng Chen, Yunjuan Bao, Yan Men, Yan Zeng, Jiangang Yang, Jibin Sun, Yuanxia Sun
A novel marine strain representing efficient degradation ability toward brown algae was isolated, identified, and assigned to Bacillus weihaiensis Alg07. The alga-associated marine bacteria promote the nutrient cycle and perform important functions in the marine ecosystem. The de novo sequencing of the B. weihaiensis Alg07 genome was carried out. Results of gene annotation and carbohydrate-active enzyme analysis showed that the strain harbored enzymes that can completely degrade alginate and laminarin, which are the specific polysaccharides of brown algae...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895628/nearshore-pelagic-microbial-community-abundance-affects-recruitment-success-of-giant-kelp-macrocystis-pyrifera
#20
Megan M Morris, John M Haggerty, Bhavya N Papudeshi, Alejandro A Vega, Matthew S Edwards, Elizabeth A Dinsdale
Marine microbes mediate key ecological processes in kelp forest ecosystems and interact with macroalgae. Pelagic and biofilm-associated microbes interact with macroalgal propagules at multiple stages of recruitment, yet these interactions have not been described for Macrocystis pyrifera. Here we investigate the influence of microbes from coastal environments on recruitment of giant kelp, M. pyrifera. Through repeated laboratory experiments, we tested the effects of altered pelagic microbial abundance on the settlement and development of the microscopic propagules of M...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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