Biokinetics of 110m Ag in Baltic shrimp Palaemon adspersus under elevated pCO2

Ocean acidification impacts the physiology of crustaceans as well as marine calcifiers although most of the hitherto studies has focused on calcifiers. Bioconcentration of elements in a marine animal depends on seawater chemistry and the animal’s physiology. Here we studied biokinetics and body distribution of Ag in Baltic shrimp Palaemon adspersus for 47 days by using radiotracer method (110mAg). The bioconcentration of 110mAg was assessed under three pCO2 levels: 370, 795 and 1634 μatm. Uptake rate constants of 110mAg were inversely related to pH (3.1 at pH: 8.1, 4.2 at pH: 7.8 and 4.9 at pH: 7.5). A higher percentage of Ag accumulated in edible parts in the shrimps reared in acidified seawater compared to control. The moulting frequency was significantly higher in acidified seawater conditions compared to the control condition. The results of this study suggest that seawater acidification may partly modify Ag bioconcentration in Baltic shrimp Palaemon adspersus as well as energy-demanding physiological processes like moulting.

Sezer N., Kılıç Ö., Sıkdokur E. & Belivermiş M., 2021. Biokinetics of 110m Ag in Baltic shrimp Palaemon adspersus under elevated pCO2. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 538: 151528. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2021.151528. Article (subscription required).

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