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Transplant experiment to evaluate the feeding behaviour of the Atlantic ribbed mussel, Geukensia demissa, moved to a high inorganic seston area

AuthorsGalimany, Eve ; Rose, J.M.; Dixon, Mark S.; Wikfors, Gary H.
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Issue DateMar-2015
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
CitationMarine and Freshwater Research 66(3): 220-225 (2015)
AbstractIn 2011-12, a field study demonstrated that ribbed mussels from two locations in the north-east Atlantic Coast of the USA used different feeding strategies to adapt to widely differing seston characteristics and achieve the same absorption efficiency. To investigate whether there was local, genetic adaptation of mussels in the two contrasting sites, we conducted a transplant experiment in 2012 in which mussels were moved from the high-plankton, low-inorganic waters of Milford Harbor, CT, to the high-inorganic, low-plankton waters of Hunts Point, Bronx, NY. Results showed that mussels from Milford adapted to the new, poorer-quality seston within 6 days of submersion in Hunts Point waters, which indicates that phenotypic plasticity in the species is sufficient to account for adaptability of the ribbed mussel to Hunts Point conditions. This adaptability makes the ribbed mussel a good candidate for environmental remediation technologies, such as nutrient bioextraction. © 2015 CSIRO
Description6 pages, 1 figures, 2 tables
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/MF13335
Identifiersdoi: 10.1071/MF13335
issn: 1323-1650
e-issn: 1448-6059
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