Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/117103
Citations
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
?
?
Type: Journal article
Title: Feeding behaviour of a serpulid polychaete: turning a nuisance species into a natural resource to counter algal blooms?
Author: Leung, J.
Cheung, N.
Citation: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2017; 115(1-2):376-382
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0025-326X
1879-3363
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Jonathan Y.S. Leung, Napo K.M. Cheung
Abstract: Occurrence of algal blooms in coastal waters is predicted to be more prevalent in future. To minimize their occurrence, manipulating the grazing pressure by suspension feeders is a potential management strategy, but its effectiveness may depend on their feeding preference. Therefore, we assessed the clearance rate of a widespread serpulid polychaete Hydroides elegans in larval and adult stages on various coastal phytoplankton. Additionally, the growth and development of H. elegans after consuming these phytoplankton were determined to reflect its sustainability to counter algal blooms. Results showed that H. elegans can consume and utilize different phytoplankton, except diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana, for growth and development in both life stages. Given the fast-colonizing ability which allows easy manipulation of abundance, H. elegans is considered practically and biologically ideal for tackling algal blooms. Other suspension feeders with different feeding niches could be used in combination to maximize the versatility of the top-down control.
Keywords: Algal bloom; coastal waters; feeding preference; serpulid polychaete; top-down control
Rights: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030062391
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.12.035
Appears in Collections:Environment Institute publications

Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.