Factors driving the seasonal dynamics of Pseudo-nitzschia species and domoic acid at mussel farming in the SW Mediterranean Sea
Melliti Ben Garali, Sondes
de la Iglesia, Pablo
Sakka Hlaili, Asma
The seasonal variations in Pseudo-nitzschia species and domoic acid (DA) concentration were investigated, at three shellfish farms in SW coastal Mediterranean. In parallel, the toxicity of mussels was tested. Two distinct groups of species were enumerated according to morphology and size (Pseudo-nizschia delicatissima and P. seriata groups). DA was detected over a nine-week period from July to October 2012 in the Lagoon, with a maximum concentration recorded in July (12.71 ng DA L−1). DA was positively correlated with the presence of P. seriata-group and P. delicatissima-group and was mostly occurred during P limitation period in seawater. No DA was found in mussels that were collected during the period of DA absence in seawater. Our results suggest that temperature, salinity, inorganic and organic nutrients were significant for the seasonal dynamics of P. seriata and P. delicatissima groups, but that the P limitation was the most driving factor for DA production in these areas. The relative influence of environmental factors should be further studied to better understand the recent surfacing of massive blooms of toxigenic Pseudo-nitzschia in SW Mediterranean coast.
574 - Ecologia general i biodiversitat
Taylor and Francis
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Chemistry and Ecology
Melliti Ben Garali, Sondes, Inès Sahraoui, Pablo de la Iglesia, Mohamed Chalghaf, Jorge Diogène, Jamel Ksouri, and Asma Sakka Hlaili. 2020. "Factors driving the seasonal dynamics of Pseudo-nitzschia species and domoic acid at mussel farming in the SW Mediterranean Sea". Chemistry and Ecology, 36 (1): 66-82. doi:10.1080/02757540.2019.1676417.
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